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Do you want to inspire young people? Encourage their hopes and dreams?  Help them be better educated for the world at large?  Then take this chance to join the ranks of substitute teachers, and you may want to turn this classroom experience into a career!  Substitute teaching can be a flexible part-time job or a full-time profession.

Thank you so much for your interest in Tulsa Public Schools and substitute teaching.  Our children greatly benefit from caring, dedicated substitutes.

We are no longer accepting substitute teaching applications for the 2013-2014 school year.  Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, you will no longer have to submit a hard copy application. Please check our website again in mid-July for workshop dates as well as the link to our new, online substitute application. 

Be a part of a profession that has a direct impact on the future!

If you also have an Oklahoma teaching certificate, start your career as a top-shelf substitute teacher.  Oklahoma-certified sub stitutes are in demand!

The job offers many benefits such as:

  • Flexible work schedule
  • Competitive pay
  • Positive influence on students
  • Great practice for future teachers
  • Many chances to express creativity
  • Teach a variety of subjects
  • Substitute teaching can be FUN!

There are a few simple requirements to become a substitute teacher:

Fingerprint Process

Effective July 1, 2010, Oklahoma schools districts are now mandated by law to require fingerprint background checks for new TPS employees.

Fingerprinting must be done as a requirement of your employment with Tulsa Public Schools and to complete your new hire process. After you have attended the Substitute workshop and your background is complete, an appointment will be scheduled for your fingerprinting to be done at the TPS Education Service Center.

The fee of $59 for the fingerprinting process is the responsibility of the new hire candidate. Payment should be in the form of check or money order and brought to the ESC at the time of your appointment. Cash is not accepted. Continued employment is contingent on receiving a clean FBI fingerprint report.


Teacher for a Day Workshop Flyer

Register for Workshop

Who should attend the workshop?

  • All substitute teachers new to Tulsa Public Schools (certified or non-certified) must attend a workshop. 
  • All former TPS substitute teachers who have not yet taken the Wilson workshop must attend.
  • All former TPS employees who have not been a substitute teacher or full-time teacher must attend.
  • Former TPS full-time teachers who have taught within the last 10 years are not required to attend.

You must bring your application documents to a scheduled workshop. Returning them to ESC Human Capital office may delay your application process!

Workshop location and topics

Workshops are scheduled to help you become familiar with Tulsa Public Schools. It is mandatory that substitute teachers attend a workshop before they are placed in the classroom.

The workshops are held at the:
Wilson Teaching and Learning Academy
2710 E. 11th St. South
Tulsa, OK 74104

Participants will be provided research-based strategies to develop skills in the following areas:

  • Standard District Curriculum & Special Education Issues
  • Effective Classroom Management & Teaching Strategies
  • Legal & Safety Issues, as well as Professionalism & Ethics in Education
  • Short-term activities, Five-minute fillers, & Early-finisher activities


Required Documents

Included with your application must be a copy of your Social Security card* AND one ID from one of the following lists:

  1. State issued driver’s license - or U.S. Military card - or school ID with photograph - or ID card issued by federal, state or local government agencies - or voter’s registration card - or Native American tribal document, among others.
  2. United States Passport - or permanent resident card or Form I-551 – or employment authorization document that contains a photograph (Form I-766), among others.

*For payroll purposes one form of ID must be your social security card.


  1. A photocopy of your official college transcript, or your original degree diploma, or student copy of a transcript showing at least 48 credit hours, or your High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
  2. If Oklahoma certified, a copy of your valid Oklahoma Teaching Certificate must be in your substitute teacher file.

SUB OFFICE: 918-746-6820 or 918-746-6811

Your application will not be processed if all pertinent information is not provided.
All documents must be unexpired.


Rate of Pay and Benefits

Skill Level A Classification. Certified substitutes holding a current Oklahoma teaching certificate can work an unlimited amount of days at a pay rate of $75 per day. The rate of pay for certified substitutes filling a long-term position (more than 10 days of continuous coverage for a single teacher) is $90 per day.

Skill Level B Classification. Substitutes holding a Bachelor or Masters degree will be allowed to work up to 100 days per school year at a rate of $65 per day.

Skill Level C Classification. Substitutes with an Associate’s degree or 48+ college hours will receive the rate of pay of $65 per day. These substitues will be allowed to work a maximum of 90 days per school year.

Skill Level D Classification. Substitutes with only a high school diploma (or equivalent) or less than 48 hours of college will be paid at a $60 per day rate. These substitutes will be allowed to work a maximum of 90 days per school year..

403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuities
Tulsa Public Schools offers tax-deferred retirement savings programs to all employees, regardless of number of hours worked (temporary employees included), who are able to contribute at least $200 annually through salary reduction.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Patty Stuckey at 918-746-6351 in the Benefits Office for information and options.

"457 Plan" Alternative to Social Security
Tulsa Public Schools is participating in a plan for all substitute teachers, and employees in part-time and temporary positions to participate in an alternative to paying Social Security taxes. Employees will contribute the money normally set aside for Social Security to a portable savings plan that is tax-deferred and available to you when you leave employment with Tulsa Public Schools.

Please contact the Benefits Office at 918-746-6351 for information.

Education Service Center

1st Floor Human Capital (Benefits Office)
3027 S. New Haven Ave.
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135


Still have questions?  Call the Substitute Office of Human Capital: 918-746-6820 or 918-746-6811.


Oklahoma Teaching Certificate or License application information may be obtained by contacting the Oklahoma State Department of Education:

Oklahoma State Department of Education
2500 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4599

Telephone: 405-521-3337

Oklahoma State Department of Education Website


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Tulsa Public Schools' Non-Discrimination Statement

Tulsa Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, veteran status, marital status or age in its employment, programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the Tulsa Public Schools’ non-discrimination policies:

Dr. Pauline Harris, Human Rights Coordinator
Tulsa Public Schools Human Capital Department
3027 South New Haven Avenue
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114-6131


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