Substitute Information

  • Substitute TeacherJohnston County Public Schools would like to thank you for your interest in becoming a substitute teacher with our school system.  (If you are a former JCPS employee, please scroll to the bottom of this page for some additional information.)

    Qualifying applicants for substitute teaching in JCPS:

    • Individuals who hold or have held a clear North Carolina Teaching License
    • Individuals who have previously been employed in permanent positions with Johnston County Public Schools
    • Individuals completing their student teaching in North Carolina
    • Individuals with at least a high school diploma

    Substitute Handbook and Information:

Substitute Application

  • Application Steps: 

    • Complete the employment application and the two supporting documents listed below. Applications are reviewed and a criminal background check is conducted on qualified applicants.
    • Individuals with a high school diploma or college degree (but without a teaching certificate) will also need Effective Teacher Training.
    • Upon completion of the application and background clearance, you will receive the volunteer hours form via email, to complete your 18 volunteer hours. These must be completed at one school and be signed by the principal.
    • Confidential reference checks are then performed on qualified applicants.
    • If approved for employment as a substitute teacher, the applicant will be invited to attend New Substitute Teacher Orientation.
    • Upon completion of orientation and submission of required forms, the new substitute teacher will be entered into the absence management system, AESOP. The new substitute teacher will register as a new user, receive their PIN, and begin substitute teaching.

    Application Information and Materials:

    • Employment Application
      • The online application is found at
      • Select Johnston County as a recipient of your application. (An email address is required to complete the application. If you do not have access to an email account you will need to create one)
      • Be sure to apply specifically to the Substitute Teacher job.
      • Provide a minimum of two supervisory references on your application.  Be sure to give complete and accurate contact information.
      • References from friends, neighbors, and family members are not acceptable.
      • If you have questions about completing this application, please call the TeacherMatch help desk at 1-855-980-0511.
    • Supporting Documents
    • Effective Teacher Training (ETT) through either of the following:
      (Upon completion of ETT, the applicant should upload the certificate of completion to their online application.)
      • App-Garden University
        • This course is available online for applicants to purchase for $29.00.
      • Johnston Community College
        • This course is available through the community college for $70.00.
    • Volunteer Hours
      • A total of 18 volunteer hours is required. This form will be sent to you via email, once we receive your verification of completing the ETT course and we complete your confidential background check.


    Application Process for Former JCPS Employees:

    All substitute teacher applicants must meet current eligibility requirements to be approved as a substitute teacher.

    If you have been separated from employment with JCPS for MORE than 1 year, it is required that you follow the application process as noted above for new substitute teachers.

    If you have been separated from employment with JCPS for LESS than 1 year, please complete the reactivation form below.

    Additionally, you will need to complete the two forms below. These forms should be scanned and emailed to or faxed to 919-989-1095.

    Click here to complete the Substitute Application for Former JCPS Employees.