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Application Process for Substitute Teacher                                  

Expectations of all substitutes-click here- please read expectations before applying.

All applicants who have completed and submitted the requirements below are reviewed, appropriately selected and then offered *employment.  Once employment offer is made, the applicant will be required to complete a state health form and obtain a TB test. Substitute orientation will be scheduled after the health form and TB test are completed. Your paperwork will not be processed for hire until all steps below have been submitted.

Substitute hours are capped at 129 hours per month.

   Printable Format

  1. Create an on-line "Substitute" Application.
    Go to to complete this application.
    Note: This step should be completed first before any paperwork is submitted. The online application must be updated yearly to keep your paperwork on file with our office.

    Previous NHCS employees
    -(separated less than 5 years) Please complete attached application. Please attach #2 if separated longer than 1 year. 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.

  2. Disclosure & Authorization form. Form-click here
    A pre-employment criminal background check will be performed.

  3. Proof of education. (Minimum educational requirement: High school diploma or equivalent)
    Submit a copy of your official transcripts (unofficial copies and diplomas will not be accepted as proof of education). Licensed applicants must also submit a copy of your teaching license.

  4. Copy of Effective Teacher Training Certificate-
    Applicants are required to take this course (Licensed applicants- current, expired, in-state or out of state, are excluded from taking this class. Teacher interns are also excluded from taking this class).

    CFCC class schedule
    Course Fee: $75.00 Cape Fear Community College 910-362-7199 or email
    Mar 3, 4, 5, 6 T,W,TH,F 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
    Apr 7, 8, 9, 10 T,W,TH,F 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

    Online course
    Cost $130.00 plus the cost of your book (click here for information) Must finish course by end date listed.
    Contact information - or by phone 336-249-8186 ext 6740
  5. Three supervisory references
    The supervisory references should be completed from persons who have first hand knowledge of applicant's qualifications. It is the responsibility of the applicant to furnish the reference forms to the appropriate individuals (Use the form below or a personal letter from your reference is acceptable).
    New Hanover County Reference form-click here

  6. Principal interviews
    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. 
    Note: The applicant should schedule their interviews after you have submitted your online application and mailed in your paperwork. You do not need to wait for confirmation from the sub office that your packet has been received to schedule the interviews.

Steps 2 through 5 should be sent to...    
    New Hanover County Schools
    Attention: Substitute Office
    6410 Carolina Beach Road
    Wilmington, NC 28412


FAX:    910-254-4413

Salary Rates:


The daily rate for a substitute who now holds a teaching certificate.


The daily rate for a substitute who has taken Effective Teacher Training. (Note: Graduates will be paid at this level until a license has been submitted. Pending/Completion letters cannot be used as proof that you have a license.)


Daily rate for any substitute working for a teacher assistant.  

HALF DAYS are paid at half the daily salary rate (example: half day for a teacher assistant is 37.50)
Teacher half days are 3.75 hours or less
Teacher Assistant half days are 4.00 hours or less

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 $3300.00 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.