Certification

Substitute Teaching

In New York State, no certificate is offered specifically for substitute teaching. Employment as a substitute teacher is governed by the following rules:

  • If you hold a New York State certificate:
    You may be employed in any capacity for any length of time, in any number of school districts. However, if you are employed on a long-term basis (more than 40 days in one school district in any given school year), you must hold the proper certificate for the position or be working toward Certification in that specific field or area.

  • If you do NOT hold a New York State certificate, but are working toward it:
    Working toward Certification means you are completing collegiate study at the rate of not less than six semester hours per year.
    You may be employed in any capacity for any length of time, in any number of school districts. However, if you are employed on a long-term basis (more than 40 days in one school district in any given school year), you must be working toward Certification in that specific field or area.

  • If you do NOT hold a New York State certificate and are NOT working toward it:
    You may be employed in any capacity in any number of school districts, but you are limited to 40 days in a given school district in a school year.

Local Requirements

Be aware that a school district may impose additional local requirements on individuals they employ as substitute teachers.

Information Specific to New York City

The New York City Board of Education requires that substitute teachers hold a substitute license.

More Information

Go to Commissioner’s Regulations Section 80-5.4 Substitute teachers .

Last Updated: June 2, 2009