Substitute Teaching

Become a Metro Schools Substitute


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 e-mail us for more information.

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Classroom Associates

Through our full-time, benefit-eligible classroom associate/permanent sub position, classroom associates can work in one school for the entire school year. 

Position Details

  • At least 60 hours of completed college coursework 
  • Pay starts at $19.55 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 $19.79 per hour. Candidates with a valid TN teaching license can earn $20.27 an hour. 
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Substitute Employee Requirements and Pay

A temporary employee who works on an as needed basis in the absence of full-time staff

Teacher Substitute Requirements

  • 60 credit hours or less than a bachelor's degree - $120* per 7.5-hour day 
  • Bachelor's degree or higher (Non-certified) - $130* per 7.5-hour day
  • Valid TN teaching license - $145* per 7.5-hour day
  • This rate includes the $30 daily incentive pay for working a full day (7.5 hours) everyday of the pay week, which runs Friday through Thursday. 

Support Substitute Requirements and Pay

  • High school diploma or equivalent/less than 60 credit hours - $100* per 7.5-hour day.
  • This rate includes the $15 daily incentive pay for working a full day (7.5 hours) everyday of the pay week, which runs Friday through Thursday. 


Ready to Apply?

Applicants with a Tennessee Teaching License
Applicants without a Tennessee Teaching License
Support Substitute Applicants 


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Teaching & Support Substitute Application Details

  • Candidates 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 (paraprofessional, clerical, etc.) must submit a high school diploma or GED scores.
  • All candidates must complete and clear a background check. 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 documents to bring.
  • Candidates must complete the online subskills training course at, and complete it with a composite score of 85%. Applicants may choose course A or B. The district name is 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. 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 should be uploaded to the application.
  • 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 any questions, please email Human Resources.