Substitute - Teacher | Districtwide


UPDATE: 6/1/2024
Thank you for your interest in day to day, at will, on call, non-union substitute employment for the Rochester School District.   
If you are interested in Substitute employment for the 2024-2025 school year, please submit your application on or after August 18, 2024. 
Applications will be reviewed on or about that date in the order they are received.  The hiring process will begin on or about September 4, 2024. 
Substitute teacher training will begin on or about September 9, 2024. 

If you have no experience in classroom teaching, Rochester Public Schools offers paid training!

Rate of Pay:  
A full day is $200 per day.  One must work at least 7 hours or more.
A half day is $100.  One must work 3 hours and 45-59 minutes.   
If working less than the parameters listed above, one would be paid the hourly rate of $27.58 times the amount of hours worked.

All district employees are paid on the 15th and the last business day of the month.


*Any type of current Minnesota Teaching License. Pending and out of state licenses cannot be accepted. 
Please visit the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board website on how to obtain a Minnesota Teaching License.
The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) offers a Three-Year, Short Call Substitute license to applicants who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in any subject. 
PELSB has changed the applicant requirements so take a moment and read through the “New Requirements”.
To obtain a Substitute Short Call License, visit the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) website.
Scroll down and review the two tabs on the left.  These are the most common Substitute Licenses.  
Make sure to read the details on each application to determine which one you qualify for.

Quick video with instructions:

Rochester Public Schools will reimburse you for the cost of the Substitute Short Call license once you have worked five full days (8:00am-3:30pm or 8:45am-4:15pm) for actual teacher absences. 
Save your email receipt from PELSB as you will be asked to submit the proof of payment at a later date.

Additonal Requirements:
*Experience having worked in an urban, multicultural education field desirable.

*Availability and flexibility in your¬†schedule to accommodate the District’s day to day¬†needs.
Flexibility is vital.  There could be times you could be asked to change classrooms or take on additional classes. 

*Knowledge of subject matter, classroom management techniques and best practices.
Application Procedure:
Complete and submit an online application.  Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. 
Applicants will be contacted via email with substitute On-Boarding information.

Hiring process & On-Boarding consists of two phases: 
Phase I – Once your employment criminal background check has been reviewed and approved, you will be emailed to schedule an appointment to visit the Office of Human Resources.
This will take 20-30 minute. You will receive an ID badge and get registered in all the Technology systems needed to substitute teach. 
We will review the district absence reporting system called Red Rover along with reviewing procedures.
Rochester Public Schools utilizes an absence reporting system called Red Rover.  Review this short training video.
Download the APP in advance! 
Phase II – During your HR appointment, you will be shown how to schedule your training days.
Hired applicants are required to complete a minimum of two days of training with one of the designated district substitute teacher trainers. 
Applicants are required to start working within two weeks of completing a criminal background check and visiting the Office of Human Resources.
Once your training is completed, you can start working on your own!

If you’d like additional information, email

Commitment to Equity:
Rochester Public Schools is committed to diversifying its workforce to better reflect the community we serve. 
We believe the practices used in recruiting, interviewing, hiring, supporting, and promoting staff must include and honor, at every level, those who represent the diverse identities of our schools and community.