Substitute Office - Talent Division


    OUSD is currently seeking and hiring Guest Teachers and all Classified Substitute positions for the 20-21 school year.  

    All candidate application, hiring and onboarding is conducted online. We are presently developing virtual hiring events for candidates to learn more about opportunities.  Please watch this space for more information.


    Please read on to learn more about Substitute opportunities in OUSD! 


    And you can reach us with questions at



    About Guest (Substitute) Teaching 


     DID YOU KNOW?... statistics indicate that one full year of instruction in every student's kindergarten through twelfth grade education will be provided by a guest (substitute) teacher.  Guest teachers play a critical role in maintaining the continuity of instruction for students, and OUSD is always looking for qualified and interested candidates

     Guest teaching can furnish an excellent means of exploring the teaching field as a career, offering opportunities for hands-on experience with a variety of classrooms and student populations.  


    What are the qualifications to be a Guest Teacher?


    • Official transcript of Bachelor's degree.
    • Passing CBEST score or equivalent (see CTC Leaflet L-667 for additional Basic Skills Tests)equivalent 
    • Pass background check (cost to you for fingerprinting will be in the range of $52.00 - $69.00 depending on whether your credential is already in process) -  

    If you have already been fingerprinted for the Alameda County Consortium you don't need to be printed again to start subbing for OUSD!

    • Two recent letters of professional reference
    • Tuberculosis clearance within the past 60 days
    • Eligibility for Guest teacher permit
    • Original Social security card (copies not accepted)
    • Driver's License (State issued ID card, Permanent residency card or Passport


    Do I need a credential to Guest Teach?


    You need a 30-day Substitute Permit, which is the "sub credential".  This is a certificate from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing that will allow you to teach in classrooms but limits you to no more than 30 days of service in any single classroom a year (and 20 days of service for Special Education classrooms).








    About Classified (non-teaching) Substitutes 



     Does OUSD hire substitutes for non-teaching positions?

    The district needs substitute staff in a number of classified positions daily:  School Security Officers, Custodians, Food Service Assistants, Special Education Para Educators and Instruction Support Specialists, and Clerical substitutes (Clerical subs fill in for Secretary, Attendance Clerk, and Administrative Assistant positions).


    What are the Qualifications for Classified Substitute positions? 

    In order to qualify for Classified substitute positions, you need to pass a background check, demonstrate good health and furnish proof of graduation from high school.  There may be additional assessments required to demonstrate adequate clerical skill for some assignments. 



    Applying to be a Substitute Employee  


    How do I apply to become a Substitute employee with OUSD?

    We are currently hiring for the 20-21 school year.  You may apply for Substitute positions through the OUDS Jobs Portal:   

    Click here to go to the OUSD Jobs portal


    Search the word "substitute" and apply for positions you are interested in.  Also here are some links to specific substitute opportunities:


    click here to apply for K-12 Guest Teaching Position

    Click here to apply for Clerical Substitute Position 

    Click here to apply for Special Education Support (Paraeducator) Substitute Position

    Click here to apply for Substitute Food Service position





    Resources for Guest Teachers 


    Information for OUSD Guest Teachers

     Substitute Teaching Resources         



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