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Substitute Teaching License

Holders of a B.A. degree who have not yet received teaching certification are eligible to apply for a substitute teacher license in New York City.

A substitute teacher may teach at any grade level and any subject area for a period of 40 days in an academic school year. Individuals who wish to exceed the 40 days of substitute teaching or renew the license for the following year must take six credits of professional education courses by the end of the academic school year (August 31) in which the individual served as a substitute teacher.

Candidates looking to apply as substitute teachers must submit an official “Nomination Form” from the principal or school designee with their application or the application will not be accepted by the NYCDOE.
 
The “Nomination Form” is the only way to bypass the substitute hiring freeze set forth by the Department Of Education on Sept. 22, 2008.
 
Note: Professional education courses may be defined as study in instructional planning and assessment, knowledge of the learner, instructional delivery, and the professional environment. Professional education courses are those specifically for individuals preparing for a career in teaching, administration, or pupil personnel services. These courses must be part of a teacher education program at an institution of higher education offering a baccalaureate or higher degree. Semester hour credit for student teaching is not applicable to professional education requirements.