Thank you for your interest in one of the most difficult jobs in education--substitute teaching. Very often, children will rely on the skills and abilities of substitute teachers for over one full year of instruction between kindergarten and twelfth grade. NISD recognizes the contributions made by its substitute teachers and supports their efforts toward maintaining continuity of instruction in the absence of the full time teachers.The purpose of this web site is to provide information and resources that will better enable the substitute teacher to reach this goal.

The Substitute Office is located at 5617 Grissom Road, San Antonio 78238. If you are interested in pursuing a career as a Substitute Teacher or that of a Paraprofessional Substitute, please read the information below.

Note: All applications must be completed and submitted online. In-person inquiries are by appointment only, please call 210-397-8600 and speak with a substitute office technician.

Background checks are completed for all applicants who may require fingerprinting to be completed.  Fingerprinting and background checks are in accordance with TEA. We do not accept clearance from any other agencies. A separate fee applies to fingerprinting and is to be paid for by the applicant. 

Substitute applications are accepted every school year beginning mid-July until mid-May and are NOT accepted during scheduled holidays, Winter, Spring, and Summer breaks.

To apply, visit our jobs posting page and apply to the substitute position posting that meets your qualifications. You must be eligible and meet the minimum requirements listed for the chosen position. It is important to review the application and ensures that all the information is completed thoroughly. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed, a notification will be sent via email should this apply. Please note that attaching a resume does not take the place of completing the application all areas must be completed thoroughly. 


Application Process

We do our best to ensure substitutes are processed as quickly as possible within a timely manner and appreciate your patience during this process. It is important to review email communications from the technician and complete and/or provide any necessary information requested. Technicians are allotted a processing timeframe per applicant; failure to comply will result in the delay of the hiring process leading up to and/or may include withdrawal of processing your application.   

Once you have submitted your application an autogenerated email will be sent to the email address you have listed on your application with an “Applications Processing” link; you must click on the link and complete the google form. Completing this step will ensure that your application is placed into the substitute technician’s workflow for review/processing. 

After your application has been reviewed, a technician will reach out to you via email with information to proceed with the application/hiring process. The estimated turnaround time is 2 business days.  During the school year, there are peak times in which high volumes of substitute applications are being received.  Please understand that this will delay the estimated turnaround time—your patience during these peak times is greatly appreciated. 


Substitute Orientation

Hired substitutes are required to attend in-person substitute orientation. This orientation is the final step in the hiring process. The technician will provide you with a date and time of the scheduled orientation as well as provide you with any necessary forms and/or information to bring with you to orientation.


Additional Substitute Information

All substitutes must work a minimum of 2 days per month.

Northside provides free Special Education training to all Professional and Paraprofessional Substitutes who desire to work with Special Education students. Professional Substitutes who take the two-part Special Education training and work in Specialized Instruction classrooms will get $10.00 additional pay for a full-day assignment and $5.00 for a half-day assignment. Paraprofessional Substitutes who take the two-part training and work in Specialized Instruction classrooms will get $12.00 additional pay for a full-day assignment and $6.00 for a half-day assignment. The current COVID-19 situation might affect the SpecEd training schedule.

Prior to making the decision to become a substitute employee, you are encouraged to read the following FAQs—frequently asked questions. This section may assist with any questions you might have about substitute teaching and deciding whether or not Northside is the District you wish to substitute teach.

Forms and Resources

Application Requirements

  1. Before completing the application review the qualifications:
  2. Complete Online Application - Auto response email sent
  3. Review Auto Response Email - Click on and complete Applications Processing google form to initiate application review.

SmartFind Express Information

District information

Additional Resources

Pre-Hire & Post-Hire Questions
The decision to become a substitute teacher is not one that should be made lightly. Anyone considering this employment opportunity should be armed with as much information as is available regarding what is required both to become a substitute and to succeed as a substitute after hiring.