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Basic Instructions

Individuals meeting these criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Substitute teachers need proof of associates degree, bachelors degree, license or certification, depending on the school district.
  • Teacher assistants need proof of high school diploma, a GED diploma, AAS diploma or a NYS Teaching Assistant Certificate, depending on the district.
  • Nurses need an RN and/or LPN license and current CPR training.

All applicants need:

  • Proof of identity and employment eligibility.
  • Full OSPRA fingerprint clearance
  • The ability to get along with adults and students.
  • The ability to follow direction and lesson plans.
  • The ability to employ classroom management for a safe, respectful environment.
  • Transportation to schools.
  • A touch tone telephone or access to the Internet.

Expectations for all substitutes:

  • Honor your job commitments.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Flexibility.
  • Confidentiality.

General district information:

General district information such as 2016-2017 pay rates and minimum requirements (PDF), 2016-2017 district information, such as building start/end times (PDF) and 2016-17 nurse pay rates (PDF).

To become a substitute teacher, nurse and/or teacher assistant, applicants need to:

Download and complete all forms, which are to be brought to the interview appointment - no applications are accepted by mail.

  • Note, new security watermarks on transcripts are making it hard for districts to read them. (These background marks appear when we must copy the documents.) Consequently, if youre not teacher-certified, please bring your college diploma if possible.
  • Schedule an appointment. (Instructions for scheduling appointments.) Please be patient; it generally takes four to six weeks to get an appointment. Appointments will include:
    • Interview
    • Application review
    • System orientation
  • Substitute nurse applicants call (518) 464-5127 for an appointment.
  • Note: Teacher assistant substitutes are booked through our service for the districts: Achievements Kids Express, Capital Region BOCES, Berne-Knox-Westerlo, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Cohoes, Green Island, Niskayuna, North Colonie, Schalmont, South Colonie and Voorheesville. All other districts teacher assistant subs are booked directly by the districts.

Additional information:


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