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Application Process for Substitute Teacher                                  

Minimum Requirements: High School Diploma or equivalent.

Expectations of all substitutes- please read expectations before applying.

All applicants who have completed and submitted the requirements below are reviewed and appropriately selected. When all paperwork has been submitted and approved, the applicant will be sent an email and required to complete and pass an online *Employment orientation, complete a state health form and obtain a TB test before reporting to work.

*The online Employment Orientation will cost $39.00 ($49.00 with Effective Substitute Training (EST).
The Employment Orientation ($39.00) will be required for all applicants. The $49.00 course is for those that do not have a teaching degree. (A link to these courses will be emailed to you after you have submitted all paperwork and the background check is approved).

Optional: Licensed teachers may request to be excluded from taking the orientation by signing the letter of attestation.

Substitute hours are capped at 129 hours per month.

Please complete the following steps.

  1. Create an on-line "Substitute" Application.
    Go to to complete this application.
    Note: Check your dashboard to be sure your online application is complete. Under Status, all should read "Completed." After it is completed, it is very important that you apply for the substitute position by clicking Job Opps. Under District, type New Hanover County Schools and choose Substitute Non Certified position.

  2. Submit the following (together in one envelope) to the Substitute Office at the address below.

    • Disclosure & Authorization form.
      A pre-employment criminal background check will be performed.

    • Proof of education. (Minimum educational requirement: High school diploma or equivalent)

    • Copy of teaching license (if applicable).

  3. Three supervisory references are required-please use the attached form to send to your references (You will complete the top portion).
    Supervisory reference form

  4. Schedule Principal interviews - scheduled AFTER #2 paperwork has been submitted.
    Two principal interviews are required. One at an elementary level and one at a middle or high school level.  The applicant should contact the schools to schedule a substitute interview. When the interview has been completed, the principal will contact me with his/her recommendation for hire. 

    Previous NHCS employees-Please complete attached application. The sub office will contact you for additional paperwork, if needed. Click here to print application.

    Note: NHCS employees separated longer than 5 years must complete the entire package.

Please submit hard copies of the Disclosure & Authorization form, Proof of education, and copy of teaching license to the Substitute office by mail:

New Hanover County Schools
Attn: Substitute Office
6410 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

Salary Rates:


Daily rate for a substitute that holds a clear active or expired Teaching Certificate from NC or any other state. Interns who hold a pending competition letter. Expired provisional certificates do not qualify.


Daily rate for a substitute that has completed the Effective Teacher Training Programs evidenced by an “award of completion.”


Daily rate paid to any substitute working for a Teacher Assistant (certified or not).

HALF DAYS are paid at half the daily salary rate (example: half day for a teacher assistant is $40.00)

Long Term Substitutes

  • Must be on the New Hanover County active substitute list.
  • Must hold an active NC teaching certificate in the appropriate content area.
  • The principal of the school will make the recommendation.
  • The long term assignment must be for 4 weeks (20 days) or more.
  • The long term assignment must be approved by the Human Resources Department.

    Long Term Substitutes will be paid on the state teacher salary scale A-O which is currently $3500.00 per month. A long term substitute is not eligible for benefits including sick leave, holiday pay, vacation pay, etc. Those days (sick, holiday, vacation) will be deducted on a monthly basis when incurred.


Please contact Human Resources at 910-254-4345 if you have any questions.