OK, This Is a Bit Much

I thought I might supplement my income by doing some substitute teaching in the local schools. A principal kindly nominated me, and then today I received this e-mail:

Once you have ALL the required documentation listed below, you must schedule an Assessment & Processing event.  This event will include a brief written and oral English language proficiency assessment.  The event is expected to last approximately 3.5 hours.

At the event, you must submit ALL of the following documents:

1) A valid government issued photo-ID (e.g., NYCDOE, Driver's License, Passport, Green Card, etc.).

2) An official undergraduate transcript.  This transcript MUST indicate that the bachelor's degree has been conferred. (NOTE: In addition to the undergraduate transcript, a graduate transcript may be submitted only if education credits were completed at this level).  A candidate presenting a document in a language other than English, must also present an English language evaluation (original and one copy for submission).  For a sample list of NYS approved agencies visit:


3) Two money orders (personal checks, cash and credit cards are NOT accepted):
 -$30.00 US Money Order made payable to "NYCDOE".  This fee is non-refundable.
 -$50.00 US Money Order payable to "NYCDOE".  This fee will be refunded to those candidates who do not meet the English language proficiency requirement.

4) Proof of completing SubHub's (also known as EDTrainingCenter) on-line Substitute Teacher training program. This training consists of five separate courses and takes approximately 10-20 hours to complete, depending on your pace.  Certificates of completion must be submitted.  You do not have to pay a fee on-line for this training, provided you carefully follow the instructions provided (follow link below) and use the same First Name, Last Name and E-Mail Address you furnished during your application for this position.

To print the Instructions on how to access and register with SubHub (EDTrainingCenter), visit:


5) Certificates of completion for both the Child Abuse Identification and School Violence Prevention workshops.  For information on these workshops and providers (including distance learning workshops), visit:


6) Proof of passing the New York State Liberal Arts & Science Test (LAST) OR proof of registering for the next scheduled examination.  To register for the exam, please visit:


7) Proof of fingerprinting.  If you have not been fingerprinted or photographed by the NYCDOE, you must be fingerprinted and photographed by the New York City Department of Education prior to your appointment.  Please visit the 5th Floor reception desk at 65 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, to pick up a signed referral form and then proceed to Room 102.  Fingerprinting services are available between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  You MUST bring a personal check or money order for $115 (made payable to "NYCDOE/DHR") or a Credit Card (MC, VISA, Discover) for payment of the fingerprinting fee.  For additional fingerprinting requirements, please print Form I9 using the link below.  Candidates who have sent their fingerprints to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) in the past need NOT be fingerprinted again or pay the fee.  However, they must:

- Be photographed (there is no fee for this service)

- Submit OSPRA Form 103, Authorization to Forward Criminal History Information to The City School District of New York.  To print form, visit:


- Submit a completed Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and provide the documents requested therein.  To print this form, visit:


NOTE:  To be fingerprinted by the NYCDOE, you must present either a US Passport OR a drivers' license AND a social security card.  (See listed documents as mentioned in the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form)

8) The bar coded invitation for the registered Assessment and Processing event.  This invitation will be e-mailed to you, no sooner you complete the event registration process by selecting a date suitable to you from the list of available dates.


Your invitation to schedule an Assessment/Processing event is valid for 30 days from the date of this email.  Your failure to schedule an appointment by then may jeopardize your opportunity to work as a per diem teacher.  Please note that once an appointment is scheduled, you are expected to keep to the appointment.  THEREFORE, IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU SCHEDULE A DATE ONLY WHEN YOU ARE CERTAIN THAT YOU WILL HAVE THE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR THE PROCESSING EVENT.  Candidates who cancel an appointment or do not attend may NOT be given the opportunity to reschedule.

To register to attend the Assessment & Processing event, log into the Candidate Application Portal using the username (your permanent email address) and password you selected when creating your application.  On the main portal page, you will see a Section called: New Invitations; your invitation will appear there in the form of a "REGISTER" button.  After 30 days from the date of this e-mail, this button will no longer appear.  Click the "REGISTER" button to view the page containing the available dates and times.  Then open the drop down menu and select a date from the list.  The NYCDOE Candidate Application Portal may be accessed by visiting:


If you have questions concerning the process, please send an email to "Subteacherjobs@schools.nyc.gov" with the Subject: "Final Processing Question - SubTeacher".

We thank you and look forward to working with you.

They must be joking with that last bit.


  1. Anonymous5:16 PM

    Yikes! Are you still going to do it? I imagine that you're quite good at math, English and the Social Studies, but do you have to choose a specific area? Or, do you have to be able to teach any course?

  2. Happy New Year -- and welcome to the dysfunctional world of education.

    Are substitute teachers in New York available to teach Kindergarten through 12th grade, or must you specialize (elementary, middle/junior high, or high)?

    As a former, permanent 7th grade teacher and as a former substitute teacher for all grades, I would recommend that you avoid 6th and 7th grades if at all possible.

    Good luck.

  3. High hurdles to get stolen money.

  4. phel, yes, it's quite weird. I have a PhD, but they demand I take a literacy test?

    I don't know their grade specifications.

    Joseph, I am still contemplating my options. I may just offer tutoring on local bulletin boards.

    Bob, have you chastised Block and Hoppe for the "stolen money" they took by teaching at state universities?

  5. First things that come to mind:

    1) I find it hard to believe that every substitute teacher actually goes through this whole tedious process. Is it possible there's some way they get well-connected to bypass this stuff?

    2) Don't you make a lot more from programming (or daytrading or whatnot) that you could in NYC as a sub? I know that being a teacher is non-monetarily rewarding and all, but you must be ecstatic just to stand in the room in order for this to be worldwhile.

    lol @ captcha: entri

  6. Silas, you can have a NY State teaching license, which is another 30 credits of schooling. I already AM connected to have even gotten this far: a principal I know had to appoint me so that I could have the right to take these courses and tests!

    Yes, I could make a lot more programming. But I got out because I was getting burnt out on it. Perhaps I will go back; I don't know.


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