Certificated Careers

The word ‘teacher’ is defined as a person who teaches or instructs, especially as a profession. However, in SFUSD, we believe this profession is so much more. Our teachers are tasked with working with a diverse group of students, ensuring they are ready for college, career and life. They have the responsibility of committing themselves to Social Justice and making sure to account for equity and student achievement in their daily work. While Certificated positions also include various roles based outside of the classroom, we view anyone within this distinction as an educator of our future generation.  

Certificated positions include Teachers, School Nurses, Instructional Coaches, Teacher Librarians and other positions that require a credential (e.g. School Counselors, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, Speech Language Pathologists etc.). We encourage anyone committed to our Mission and Vision, along with our Core Values , to submit their application with us. All applications are reviewed carefully and we will contact you if your skills and experience are a match for one of our openings.



SFUSD's Professional Growth & Development Department (PGD) supports high quality, student-outcomes-based, and equity-focused learning for teachers, paraprofessionals, site leaders and central office leaders. Some opportunities include: 

​For more information about growth and support in SFUSD, please visit the OPLL website.




SFUSD offers competitive salaries determined by experience, education level, and credentials. Starting salary for new credentialed teacher (no prior experience) is $63,458, and teachers may also qualify for additional incentives. For more information, take a look at our Salary & Benefits page. ​

Equity-Based Incentives 

We provide annual financial incentives of up to $2,000 for teachers who choose to work at our high potential schools (those with historically high turnover) and $1,000 for teachers in our hard-to-fill subject areas (Bilingual and Special Education). ​

Mayor’s Office Stipend: In the Spring of 2019, Mayor London Breed, in partnership with the District, allocated $10 million dollars for a two-year pilot to support and retain educators who work at the City’s focus schools; a unique subset of high potential schools that meet one or more of the following criteria: 

- Schools that have been identified as historically undeserved via the Superintendent’s Office PITCH Initiative
- Schools designated to be in Tier 3 status in SY 2018-19 and/or SY 2019-20.
- Schools designated by the California Department of Education as Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI)

Schools that meet these criteria will now be known as High Potential Focus Schools (HPFS). More details available here.

National Board Certification

We recognize the tremendous impact that National Board Certified teachers have on teaching and learning, and we provide support for educators who engage in the certification process. As a result, SFUSD has the highest concentration of National Board Certified teachers in the State of California. National Board Certified teachers receive a salary increase of $5,000.​

The Salary Calculator will help newly hired teachers get a estimate on their starting base salary. 


SFUSD offers highly competitive benefits, including:​

  • Fully subsidized health benefits for individual coverage; Free vision and dental benefits
  • Retirement pension contributions up to 22% equivalent of base pay
  • Free life insurance up to $25,000
  • Pre-tax Medical & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Pre-tax commuter transit program
  • And many more!

For more information about our comprehensive benefits package, take a look at our Certificated Benefits Handbook.



SFUSD requires all teachers to hold or be pursuing a valid California teaching credential and an English Learner or Bilingual Authorization. Learn more about state credentialing requirements through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. ​

We welcome applications from teachers who have not yet received their credentials and hold a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Individuals who meet these minimum requirements may be eligible for permits/waivers that would allow one to teach while pursuing a credential or to be a potential candidate for our Pathway to Teaching program. For more information about credentialing in SFUSD, please visit our Credentials website.



We are thrilled you're interested in joining SFUSD! If you are a certificated applicant (teacher, substitute, social worker, nurse, counselor, psychologist, speech pathologist), you will complete an application at careers.sfusd.edu. To complete this application, you will need:

  • ​​Resume
  • Contact information for at least two professional reference
  • Credential information
  • Short-answer essay response

You may save your application and log out at any time, then return later to complete it. After your application is complete, Human Resources will review and determine your eligibility for the applicant pool, and you will receive an email with an update on your status.

Please visit our Current Openings page to view all open positions. You may apply to specific job openings, using the "Jobs" tab in the application. Job postings are updated daily, so we recommend checking frequently for new positions.​

We’ve created a new Certificated Hiring and Support Guide to support you through the application and hiring process! If you have questions about your application or about the process more broadly, please contact us at teach@sfusd.edu.


Certificated - Frequently Asked Questions 

Certificated frequently asked questions are available here.