For school year 2022-23 we are offering  the following bonus for per diem substitutes paid at per diem rate, sub nurses:


  • Initial Hire Bonus: BPS shall pay an initial hiring bonus of $500 after the first 20 days worked for the district in one or more of the listed roles.  
  • Regular Retention Bonus: BPS shall pay $250 for each 10 days worked through the end of SY 22-23. 


For service beginning September 2022


Boston Public Schools (BPS) seeks Substitute Teachers to play very important roles in educating our children. BPS is looking for committed professionals to contribute to our focus on children by substituting in our schools. Successful candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the vision of "Focus on Children." S/he must possess an educational philosophy that embraces the community vision for a rigorous academic program and champions the belief that all children can learn at high levels.


Per-Diem Substitute Teachers work day-to-day assignments to fill positions on an interim basis.


Long term Substitute Teachers are:

  1. those teachers who are assigned to fill a position anticipated to be vacant for more than 20 consecutive work days but less than a full school year or
  2. those teachers who are actually serving continuously for more than 20 consecutive work days in the same assignment.


A long-term substitute teacher will receive a higher rate of pay after 10 consecutive workdays and again after 25 consecutive workdays.


Reports to: Principal/Headmaster of the school.




Applicable Dimensions of Effective Teaching:


    1. Equity and High Expectations: Demonstrate a commitment to excellence, equity, and high expectations for all students with an emphasis on building on the strengths that students bring to the teaching/learning process and closing the achievement gap between subgroups within the school.
    2. Professionalism: Model professional behavior that addresses job responsibilities, district policies and procedures, and the expectations of professionals working in a multilingual, multicultural, and economically diverse community.
    3. Safe, Respectful, and Culturally Sensitive and Responsive Learning Communities: Build and maintain safe, fair, and respectful learning environments that celebrate the diversity of the student population.
    4. Instructional Planning and Implementation:
      • Employ strategies that address the wide range of learning, behavioral, and communication styles of the student population.
      • Demonstrate cultural proficiency and use effective and culturally relevant instructional practices.
    5. Content Knowledge: Have extensive knowledge of the content including, but not limited to, key concepts and facts, relevant research, methods of inquiry, and communication styles specific to the respective discipline(s).

Eligibility and Qualifications:


All candidates interested in substitute teaching in the Boston Public Schools must meet the following minimum qualifications:


Bachelors Degree Required: Possession of a university/college BA degree.


and at least 1 of the following:


        • MA Teaching Licensure: Possession of a current teaching license from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or another state licensing board.


        • Teaching Experience: Two (2) years K-12 classroom, substitute or practicum teaching experience.


        • Sub Skills Basic Training Course online at, you must complete the course with at least an 85% average, (you must have some teaching experience)

If you have successfully interviewed for a substitute teaching position and you do not hold at least an initial teaching license from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, you must take and pass the Boston Substitute Teacher Training Program test with a score of 85% or better.


All candidates must pass a Criminal Offender (CORI) and Sexual Offender (SORI) Records Check and fingerprint screening.


Terms: BTU, Substitute Teacher Salary Schedule


Please refer to the Employee Benefits & Policies: Salary section of the Office of Human Capital website for more information on compensation. Salaries are listed by Union and Grade/Step.