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Substitute Teaching

Substitute Teaching

Job Description

A Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) substitute teacher provides an instructional program for students which is appropriate to their educational needs and developmental level.  The educational program is offered in an equitable, multi-cultural setting and teaches all children to think deeply, critically and creatively.  The substitute teacher supports the MPS strategic plan.

  • Maintains a broad knowledge of all facets related to the teaching assignment as related to the subject and grade level of the students.
  • Uses research-proven practices to improve student achievement.
  • Implements Board policies as necessary to improve the educational environment.
  • Plans and organizes material for instruction and presents and reinforces lessons as appropriate.
  • Addresses different learning modalities, including auditory, visual and kinesthetic.
  • Uses appropriate classroom management strategies and relates well to the student population.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Additionally, applicants must:
    • Hold a Short-Term Substitute License OR
    • Hold a Teacher License OR
    • Have completed the Substitute Training from a program approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (you will need to present a certificate of completion)
  • If you do not have the required training, you can find information on how to obtain it on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's website

How to Apply

The position for substitute teaching is posted at various times throughout the year.  When it is posted, you will find it at

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