Substitute Information

Substitutes fill a vital role by providing continuous instruction or instructional support when regular employees are absent for professional development or for other reasons. Individuals interested in substituting must complete an online application whenever the district is accepting new candidates. Applications are posted at this link.


The preferable educational level for substitutes is at least an associate’s degree; however, individuals with a high school diploma or GED may qualify as a substitute at a lower daily pay rate. Substitutes MUST be at least 21 years of age, be certified teachers or have completed a substitute training workshop.


Candidates must apply through ESS Staffing for all substitute teaching positions. Following an interview, reference check, and selection a substitute candidate must pay $50 (cashier’s check/money order/cash) for a background check and fingerprint processing. All substitutes MUST have a clear background check before being added to the substitute roster or accepting assignments.



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Dalton Public Schools fills substitute vacancies through an automated substitute system. Although the system most effectively works via web browser, Frontline also has the capability to interact with substitutes by telephone. Each substitute can individualize the program to best meet his or her preferred access method, time, and scheduling needs.


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"I love the kids and the interaction with the teachers. It's just fun!" -DPS Substitute Heather S. 


Substitutes for certified teachers are paid a daily rate according to degree level and length of service. Substitutes for paraprofessional or other non-certified positions are paid a maximum rate of $75 per day, regardless of the length of service.

Substitute Pay Rates  
GED, High School Diploma, Paraprofessional Vacancy $75
Associate's Degree $85
Bachelor's Degree (or Higher Degree) $85
1-10 Days $85
11 or More Days (in the same assignment, retroactive) $120
21 or More Days, certified teachers only (in the same assignment, not retroactive) $135



Email Liz Morales, or call her at 706.876.4070