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Substitute teachers assume the responsibilities of a classroom in the absence of a teacher on a daily or long-term basis. Substitute teachers carry out the absent teacher’s prepared lesson plans.

Substitute instructional assistants support teachers in the classroom and students with disabilities of all age groups on a daily or long-term basis. They are also able to substitute for teachers. 

Hanover County Public Schools currently requires a high school diploma to be a daily substitute teacher. Daily substitute teachers must also meet all mandated health requirements, have documentation of a clear criminal work record, and comply with our drug-free workplace rules and board policies. A bachelor's or master’s degree from an accredited institution or having at least 60 credit hours of college course work is preferred. Preference, when possible, for long-term teacher substitute positions will be given to bachelor’s/master’s degree holders.

Preferred applicants have had some experience in working with children.

Additional information for substitute teachers, substitute instructional assistants, and substitute school nurses can be found at our Substitute Information website.

Application Forms and Information

In addition to completing our online application, we require the following supporting documents for all substitute teacher applications:

  • Applicants with 60+ college credits or higher should upload either a photo of a diploma or a copy of a transcript
  • All applicants need to provide two references written within 12 months of your application. You may submit any two of the following:
    • Electronic references (which are sent out automatically to your reference after you complete your application)
    • Written letter of reference(s)
    • Completed HCPS Support Staff Reference Form
  • Substitute teacher/instructional assistant applicants who also wish to apply as an assigned substitute may use two of the above references to cover both positions

Substitutes who are approved, have attended a 30-minute onboarding session, and viewed a virtual two-hour orientation will be given access to the online substitute placement system, Frontline Absence Management, for job assignments.

Substitute Pay 

Hanover County Public Schools’ substitutes have two opportunities to serve, each at different pay rates:

  • Substitute Teachers - $135/day for daily substitute teachers, $221.34/day for long-term substitute teachers
  • Substitute Instructional Assistants - $108.75/day for daily substitute instructional assistant, $114.19 for long-term instructional assistants

Substitutes are paid in the arrears twice per month during the school year, based on the number of days they work. 



Kim Fontaine, Program Support Specialist
(804) 365-4586

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