How to Become a Substitute Teacher

Please follow these guidelines:

  1. Apply for one of our Substitute On-Call positions. No need to apply for more than one as once you are hired into our sub pool you will be able to indicate your preferences and certifications.
  2. Complete your Background Check, Documents, and training in Virtus. Getting this done ASAP will speed up the onboarding process. We require a clear background check within the last 3 years, abuse prevention education within the last 3 years, and signed agreement to our code of ethics policies. *Once this is completed, please email Synthiea Kaldi and let her know so she can keep a look out for your background check results. If you think you might have an existing Virtus account, please contact Synthiea to verify. It is important to NOT create a duplicate Virtus profile.
  3. The first time you substitute (or before), an I-9 Section 2 must be filled out in person at a local school. To do so, a valid form of ID, such as passport or state driver’s license, and social security card will need to be presented. This I-9 should then be sent to

    Archdiocese of Seattle
    Office for Catholic Schools – Synthiea Kaldi
    710 9th Avenue
    Seattle WA 98104

I do not have a teaching certificate. Am I qualified to be a substitute teacher? 

If you do not hold a current WA state teaching certificate, you may still be qualified to be an on-call substitute in Catholic Schools. If you have an out of state certificate, a permanent substitute certificate, or a WA state certificate that is no longer current, you are most likely qualified to sub in our schools. If you are currently and actively pursuing certification, you are also likely qualified to sub in our schools. 

If you have an emergency substitute certificate, equivalent, or higher you are qualified to sub in our schools. You can obtain an emergency substitute certificate through OSPI with a bachelor’s degree. Please note that while OSPI requires a request from your district, the Office for Catholic Schools is not a district so, that request will need to come directly from one of our schools. 

If you have a bachelor’s degree, there are jobs you may be qualified to substitute for, in cases based on need. Please consult your local principal or the Office for Catholic Schools if you are still uncertain. 

How do I use Frontline Absence Management?

Frontline Absence Management is an automated system that helps connect teachers requesting absences, their administrators, and available substitute teachers to fill those absences. As a sub, you are able to sign in online, or respond to automated calls to accept or reject potential jobs. You will receive an email with your Login ID and your PIN number. Your PIN number acts as both your “password” to log in online and as a verification code for the automated calls.