Substitute Services

  • Our substitute teachers and paraprofessionals play an important role in the educational process for the students on our campuses. If you would like the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students, we invite you to consider providing substitute services at Tolleson Elementary School District.

    To apply, please visit our School Recruiter website:  Apply Here!

    Compensation recommendations for Substitute Teachers are based on the Supplementary Pay Schedule:


    Length of Regular Assignment

    Hours Worked

    Rate of Pay

    Half Day

    1 – 4 hours 


    Full Day

    4 – 8 hours



    Length of Long Term Assignment
    Hours Worked Rate of Pay 
    Half Day 1 – 4 hours $75.00
    Full Day 4 – 8 hours
    * In special circumstances, the long-term substitute rate of pay will be retroactive to the 1st day of service in the long term teaching assignment.  Long term pay is defined as more than 10 days in the same assignment.

    To expedite processing, be sure to attach copies of the following to your application:

    • Copy of Official Transcripts
    • Copy of your valid Arizona Substitute Teaching Certificate (or nursing license)
    • Copy of your valid Arizona DPS Fingerprint Clearance Card
    To avoid delays, please ensure that the reference contact information for your former employment supervisors is complete and accurate in your application. We cannot accept personal references.

    Substitute Certification:

    If you do not have a substitute teaching certificate you must obtain one before you can begin substitute teaching. Please follow this easy checklist:
     Obtain an Arizona DPS fingerprint clearance card. The cost is $67 and the card is good for six years. More information is found at this link:
     Obtain your official college transcripts showing a bachelor’s degree or higher degree. Original transcripts are required by the Arizona Department of Education.

     Once you have obtained the DPS fingerprint clearance card and your official transcripts, download and complete the application for Substitute Certification from the ADE website:

     To obtain your substitute certificate: Submit the completed application for certification, the transcripts, a copy of the DPS fingerprint clearance card, and the correct fees by money order, cashier’s check or personal check made payable to the Arizona Department of Education.

     When you have received your substitute certificate, please attach a copy of it to your online application.

    If you have questions or need assistance, please contact HR at 623-533-3900 OR