Questions about substitute teaching can be directed to the Human Capital Office at 410-396-8885 or sent by email.

Minimum qualifications

All Assignments Long-Term Assignments Special Education Assignments
30 college credits and
Criminal background check and
Medical clearance
Bachelor's degree Degree in special education or
Maryland certificate in special education or
Completion of City Schools' training course


All applicants for substitute teaching positions must begin the hiring process through the iRecruitment system. (Need help with iRecruitment? Download answers to frequently asked questions.PDF icon) Successful applicants are then invited to attend mandatory orientation. 


Attendance at an orientation session is required for all new hires. At this session, prospective substitute teachers will

  • Be fingerprinted for a criminal background check required prior to placement in any school assignment
  • Be photographed for a City Schools ID badge that must be presented on entry to a school
  • Learn about the online system that must be used to accept school assignments

Prospective substitute teachers are required to bring the following documents to the orientation session:

  • State-issued photo ID
  • Social Security card or passport
  • Fee for fingerprinting ($54.50, with check or money order payable to "L-1 Enrollment")
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial)
  • Two letters of reference
  • Current résumé
  • Maryland teaching certificate, if applicable (more about certification)
  • Voided check (required only for those who wish to enroll in direct deposit of pay)

Failure to bring the required documents will adversely affect the processing timeline for new employees.

Pay rates

Daily pay rates vary, based on the substitute teacher's qualifications and the assignment. Assignments lasting up to 10 days are paid at the short-term daily rate; assignments lasting more than 10 days are eligible for the long-term rate, effective on the 11th day of an assignment in the same classroom.

Level of Qualification Short-Term Daily Rate Long-Term Daily Rate
30 college credits or more (without a bachelor's degree) $52 Not eligible
Associate/nondegree or above (without Maryland certification) $66 Not eligible
Bachelor's degree or above (without Maryland certification)  $75 $100
Bachelor's degree or above (with Maryland certification)  $85 $110
Special education* $150 $150

* The special education daily rate is received with approval from the Human Capital Office by qualified substitute teachers who work with a special education class of students with disabilities.