Substitute Teaching

  • Interested in Becoming a Substitute Teacher with BPS?

    If you are interested in becoming a teacher in the Boston Public Schools, working as a substitute teacher is a great way to sharpen your teaching skills while getting to know our schools as well as the principals and teachers in our school district. Substitute teaching can lead to professional teaching positions if you hold a valid Massachusetts teaching license. 


    Minimum Qualifications

    All candidates interested in substitute teaching in the Boston Public Schools must have a Bachelor’s Degree and at least one of the following requirements:
    1. A Mass Teaching License (out of state licenses will be considered with teaching experience)
    2. Complete the Sub Skills Basic Training Course online at, you must complete the course with at least an 85% average, (you must have some teaching experience)
    3. Two years teaching experience (you may be asked to complete the Sub Skills Basic Training Course online at

    All candidates must pass a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI), Sexual Offender Registry Information (SORI), and fingerprint check. 

    How to Apply 

    The following steps should be completed (in order) by candidates wishing to substitute teach in the Boston Public Schools
    Step 1. Review the Eligibility Requirements - Thoroughly review the Minimum Qualifications to become a substitute teacher in BPS (see above) and ensure that you have proper documentation to verify that you meet one of these Minimum Qualifications.
    Step 2. Go to the BPS TalentEd Career Website located here.
    • Search for “Substitute Teacher - District Wide” in the Job Listings search bar.
    • Select this position and click the “Apply for this Position” button on the right hand side.
    • This will prompt you to create an account or log into your existing TalentEd profile.
    Step 3. Sub Central will contact you with instructions and information on documentation and requirements to ensure that you start at Boston Public Schools. Do your best to provide this information in a timely and thorough fashion, so we can get you working in your new position.

    Per diem subs should note that substitute teaching assignments are subject to availability and no one is guaranteed an assignment, even after the application selection process is complete.