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Substitute Application Available Online

We are accepting applications for Substitute Teachers & Substitute Educational Assistants. In this position, you will work with diverse student populations and have a flexible schedule.

Initial Requirements:

  • Substitute Teachers: 60+ college credit hours
  • Education Assistants: High School Diploma

Hiring Process for Substitutes

    1. Apply online for substitute teacher positions at APS Jobs.

Salary Schedule for Substitutes

Visit the Substitute Salary Schedule to see salaries for substitute teachers.

Apply For or Renew a Substitute License

Contact the New Mexico Public Education Department at 505-827-5821 for information on applying or renewing a substitute teaching license.


Contact Substitute Services at (505) 889-4848 if you have any questions  about being a Substitute Teacher or apply online at

  1. Once your application has been completed with Applicant Processing and you have met all of the requirements, you are considered a substitute candidate.
    1. We will review your application and email you instructions for online substitute training.
  2. Complete all the online training provided to you by the Substitute Services staff.
    1. Print out the certificates of completion and bring them to the Substitute Services office.
    2. We will give you the authorization form to complete your Background and Fingerprinting check.
  3. Once we have received a clearance for your background check, we will contact you to schedule an orientation.
  4. Once you complete substitute orientation, we will help you apply for your substitute or educational assistant license.
  5. Once you have been recommended for hire, your paperwork will be processed through Human Resources, and you will receive an employee ID number.
    1. If you already have an APS employee number, it will still need to be processed by HR to correctly classify your status.
    2. You will be contacted once your paperwork has been processed.
  6. Register with SmartFindExpress by calling (505) 288-3684.
    1. You may now begin working and being paid as a substitute teacher.

What are the requirements for a Substitute?

All applicants must have effective communication skills and must demonstrate flexibility, organizational skills, and excellent interpersonal skills with a diverse population.

Teacher Substitute

  • Complete online application
  • Provide transcripts documenting 60 college credit hours
  • Provide 3 professional references (including a supervisor reference)

Educational Assistant Substitute

  • Complete online application
  • Must be eligible for a Level 3 EA license
    • 48 approved college credits or pass the paraeducators test
  • Must be 18 years old to be eligible for elementary positions
  • Must be 21 years old to be eligible for secondary assignments
  • Provide 3 professional references (including a supervisor reference)
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