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Substitute Employment Opportunities

Filling a Critical Need

Chicago Public Schools is now hiring substitute teachers for the 2020-2021 school year. Whether you’re a recent college graduate looking to get on a career path or a retired educator, substitute teaching offers a stable and meaningful job opportunity. Full-time substitute teachers in CPS (three or more days per week) receive long-term school placements, a steady paycheck, full healthcare benefits, paid holidays, and more. Requirements include a bachelor’s degree in any field and a substitute teaching license, which takes less than one week to obtain. Substitute teachers may also live outside the city of Chicago.

Looking to land a permanent teaching job in CPS? Substituting provides a clear path into teaching, along with professional development support along the way. Choose a career that offers the full package, while making a difference for Chicago kids.

Reopening Cadre Substitute Teacher

The role of cadre substitute teacher is designed to support our new framework for reopening for the school year 2020-2021. Apply for cadre substitute teacher positions with the following the instructions. Each step can be completed simultaneously.

1. Form

Fill out the Cadre Substitute Interest Form with some basic information about yourself. If you have a resume, you may attach it to the form.

Submit Form

2. Licensure

Obtain your ISBE Substitute Teacher License. For more information, view Step 2 of the substitute teacher instructions below. 


3. Application

Apply directly on the CPS Job Board. Find open cadre substitute teacher positions by searching the keyword "cadre."

View Job Board

Watch our explainer video to find out everything you need to know on how to become a Substitute Teacher in Chicago Public Schools.


Gain your license, apply to CPS, and start substitute teaching.

Apply directly to substitute paraprofessional positions available

Substitute School Positions

Substitute Clerk
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Substitute Bilingual Clerk
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Substitute Special Education Classroom Assistant
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Substitute Teacher
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Substitute Teacher Assistant
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Substitute Bus Positions

Substitute Bus Aide
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Substitute Bus Monitor

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Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of the Board to prohibit unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation on the basis of any protected category by the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Illinois and applicable federal, state or local laws or ordinances, including but not limited to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), specifically, but not limited to, discrimination, harassment or retaliation on the basis of sexual orientation, gender or sex (includes gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and pregnancy related medical conditions), race or ethnicity, ethnic group identification, ancestry, nationality, national origin, religion, color, mental or physical disability, age, immigration status, marital status, registered domestic partner status, genetic information, political belief or affiliation (not union-related), military status, unfavorable discharge from military service, or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in the educational programs or activities the Board operates.

Concerns or inquiries regarding sex discrimination, harassment or retaliation can be made to the Board’s Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Student Protections (OSP) or the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

For incidents involving student victims, please see below for specific contact information:

  • Office of Student Protections and Title IX (OSP) at 773-535-4400 (student-to-student) (Inquiries regarding sports equity should be directed to
  • Office of Inspector General (OIG) at 833-TELL-CPS (833-835-5277) (adult-to-student) 
  • U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at 312-730-1560  or 

For incidents involving adult victims, please see below for specific contact information: 

  • Equal Opportunity Compliance Office (EOCO) at 773-553-1013 or
  • U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at 312-730-1560 or

Concerns or inquiries regarding discrimination, harassment or retaliation involving student victims on the basis of disability should be made to:

Concerns or inquiries regarding discrimination, harassment or retaliation on the basis of any other protected category listed above should be made to:

  • Principal of Student’s School (student victims)
  • Equal Opportunity Compliance Office (EOCO) at 773-553-1013 or (adult victims)

For further information see the Board’s Comprehensive Non-Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Policy.

Non-Discrimination Statement

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