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Substitute Teaching

Become a Substitute Teacher

District Increases Pay Rate for Substitute Teachers
Work for a District that understands and appreciates the vital role substitute teachers play in the continuity of daily education for our students. On June 27, 2023, the SMUHSD board approved a pay rate increase (as of July 1, 2023) for our high school substitute teachers.
Highlights of Working as a SMUHSD Substitute Teacher:
  • Pay rate starting July 1, 2023:
    • Four or more periods/hours: $260 per day
    • One to three periods: $52 per period/hour
  • Supplement your income.
  • Create your own schedule.
  • Explore careers in education.

Minimum Qualifications: California Teaching Credential or 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit

If you have a bachelor’s degree in any subject, meet one of the basic skills requirement (SAT, ACT, CSET, or CBEST passing scores), and successfully pass the Commission on Teacher Credentialing Live Scan fingerprinting (Form 41-LS), you meet the qualifications to apply for a 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit. This permit authorizes the holder to serve as a day-to-day substitute teacher in any classroom, including pre-school, kindergarten, and grades 1-12 inclusive, or in classes organized primarily for adults.

Join Our Pool of Substitute Teachers Today!

Login/Register with EDJOIN to create your profile and then electronically submit your application for our posting for Substitute Teacher for High School. You can also apply to serve as a Substitute Teacher at the San Mateo Adult School.


If you have any questions on how to become a substitute educator, please contact Human Resources Generalist Sandra Fewer at (650) 558-2246 or by email