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.
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 substitutes are in demand!
The job offers many benefits such as:
- Flexible work
influence on students
- Great practice
for future teachers
- Many chances
to express creativity
- Teach a
variety of subjects
teaching can be FUN!
There are a few simple requirements to become a substitute teacher:
- attend a workshop
- produce a
photocopy of your high school diploma or GED equivalent, college
transcript, and teaching certificate (if Oklahoma-certified)
- pass a
Effective July 1, 2010, Oklahoma schools districts are now
mandated by law to require fingerprint background checks for new TPS
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.
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
- 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
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
Included with your application must be a copy of your Social Security card* AND one ID from
one of the following lists:
- 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.
- 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.
Proof of your EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
- 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.
- If Oklahoma certified, a copy of your valid Oklahoma Teaching Certificate must be in your substitute
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 $75.00 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) has been modified for the
upcoming school year. If you have been contacted by a site to do a long-term position, the substitute office
must be notified so the pay rate will be adjusted to $90 per day for the long-term assignment.
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. Limit of 20 days per classroom per single assignment.
Skill Level C Classification. Substitutes with an Associate’s degree or 48+ college hours will be placed on the
third order of calling priority and will receive the rate of pay of $65 per day. They will be allowed to work a
maximum of 90 days per school year with no more than 20 days per classroom per single assignment.
Skill Level D Classification. Substitutes with only a high school diploma or less than 48 hours of college will
be called two hours prior to start of a job and will be paid at a $60 per day rate. These substitutes will be
allowed to work a maximum of 90 days per school year with no more than 20 days per classroom per single
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
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 exciting 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.
3rd Floor Human Capital
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:
State Department of Education
2500 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma State Department of
“Equal Opportunity Employer"
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
See the related board policies:
Declaración de No Discriminación de las Escuelas Públicas de Tulsa
Las Escuelas Públicas de Tulsa no discrimina por motivos de raza, religión, color, origen nacional, sexo, discapacidad, información genética, condición de
veterano, estado civil o edad en sus procedimientos de empleo, programas y actividades. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender las consultas
sobre las políticas de no-discriminación de las Escuelas Públicas de Tulsa:
Dra. Pauline Harris, Coordinadora de Derechos Humanos
Departamento de Capital Humano de las Escuelas Públicas de Tulsa
3027 S. New Haven Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74114-6131
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