Substitute Teachers

Substitute teachers and paraprofessionals play an important role in providing our students with a consistent classroom environment when it is necessary for their teachers to miss school.

Become a Substitute Teacher

We invite you to consider providing substitute services at Tolleson Elementary School District. To apply, please visit our job postings website and select the Paraprofessional or Substitute Teacher posting.

Apply for Paraprofessional / Substitute Teacher

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

To avoid processing delays, ensure that contact information for your former employment supervisors is complete and accurate. We do not accept personal references.

Substitute Teacher Compensation

Compensation recommendations for substitute teachers:

Certified Positions
Half Day (1–4 hours) $87.50
Full Day (4–8 hours) $175.00

Non-Certified Positions
Half Day (1–4 hours) $75.00
Full Day (4–8 hours) $150.00

In special circumstances, the long-term substitute rate of pay will be retroactive to the first day of service in the long-term teaching assignment. We define long-term as more than 10 days in the same assignment.

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.
  • Once you have obtained DPS fingerprint clearance, follow the directions to apply for your Arizona Substitute certificate.
  • Once you receive your substitute certificate, please attach a copy of it to your Tolleson ESD online application.