Become a Substitute Teacher in Georgia

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) identifies a substitute teacher as an individual who is employed to serve in the absence of a regularly employed teacher. Substitute teachers may also be temporarily employed to teach a class that has not been assigned a regular teacher.

The following are GaPSC’s requirements for being a substitute teacher in the state of Georgia:

  • Minimum of a high school diploma (or GED equivalent) and four hours of initial substitute training, provided by a local school system that is hiring.
  • Teacher absence/classroom vacancy for 46 or more consecutive days within one school year must be filled by a licensed teacher with proper field certification.
  • Substitute teachers with a minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent cannot work in a classroom for more than 10 consecutive days within one school year.

The Georgia Department of Education and GaPSC do not employ substitute teachers. Please contact your local school district(s) to inquire about their substitute teacher requirements and hiring process.

Learn more about earning your Georgia teacher certification.