Substitute Teaching & Support Positions

Be a Metro School Substitute

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Metro Schools Substitutes play an important role in supporting our students and staff. Substitutes in our teaching substitute roles, support substitute roles and general school assistant roles provide instructional support for students in our classrooms, fill in in our cafeterias and libraries, and help our schools when they need an extra set of hands. 

If you're interested in learning more about being a substitute with MNPS, email us at

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General School Assistants/Permanent Substitutes 

Through our full-time, benefit-eligible general school assistant/permanent sub position, substitutes can be placed in one school for the entire school year. 

Position details: 

  • At least 60 hours of completed college coursework 
  • Pay starts at $15.67 an hour for candidates with 60 credit hours or less than a Bachelor's degree. Candidates who have a Bachelor's degree or higher, but do not have a TN teaching certification start at $15.86 per hour. Candidates with a valid TN teaching license can earn $16.24 an hour. 
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Substitute Teacher Requirements & Pay

Substitute Support Requirements & Pay

  • High school diploma or equivalent/less than 60 credit hours - $85 per 7.5-hour day
  • Bonus pay: Support substitutes can earn bonus pay of up to $15 per day for working every day of the pay week (Thursday - Friday). 
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Teaching & Support Substitute Application Details

  • Candidates must submit two professional reference letters, by either  listing names and email addresses of referencing parties as part of the online application, by submitting letters in sealed envelopes to the substitute department, or by having your references email a letter on your behalf.
  • Candidates applying as substitute teachers must submit official college transcripts to verify a minimum of 60 semester/90 quarter hours from an accredited college or university. Those applying for substitute support positions (parapro, clerical, etc.) must submit a high school diploma or GED scores.
  • All candidates must complete and clear a background check. You can call 1-855-226-2937 to set up a background check.
  • You must submit a photocopy of your Social Security card for payroll purposes and one document from List A or documents from BOTH List B and List C to the substitute office prior to being scheduled for orientation. See the full list of acceptable documents to bring at:
  • Candidates applying as substitute teachers must complete the online subskills training course with a composite score of 85%; applicant may choose course A or B. The district name is listed under Metro Nashville Public Schools. If you have a valid teacher's license, are applying for substitute support, or you have completed a practicum or student teaching in MNPS, you are exempt from the training. You may access the course at The cost of the course is $39.95. Upon successful completion of the course, applicants must submit the SubDiploma with their composite score to the substitute office. SubDiplomas may be uploaded to the application or sent via mail.
  • After successfully completing steps 1-5, your application will be processed, and you will be contacted to attend Substitute Orientation. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for your application to be processed and to be contacted regarding orientation. You must complete all application steps prior to being contacted about orientation. If you have questions regarding the application process or orientation, please email Human Resources.