Substitute Teachers Certification and Highly Qualified Requirements



  • Substitutes for any long-term positions (20+ days in the same position) should be hired in this order:
    1. Texas Certified in the subject and grade level.
    2. Texas Certified in the subject.
    3. Texas Certified Teacher.
    4. If you are unable to find a certified teacher, you will need to contact HR.


    Short- and Long-Term Sub HQ Requirements:
    An individual that is hired to substitute for a teacher while the teacher is out sick or on leave is not considered the teacher of record and is not required to meet the requirements of “highly qualified” but should be certified if at all possible. However, if an individual is hired to substitute for a teacher who has not been hired (a vacancy), the substitute becomes the teacher of record and must meet the requirements of a “highly qualified” teacher. 


    Title I Schools:
    In addition, the law requires that parents of children in Title I schools must be notified if their child has been assigned to, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified [Section 1111(h)(6)] which includes a long-term substitute. A form letter is provided by HR to campus administrators as a communication tool for parents.