The position of substitute teacher is great for men and women alike who are looking for either a flexible, part-time job or a full-time profession.  The position is one of the most important jobs in education; however, it can be one of the most challenging.  It takes a remarkable person to effectively adapt to the myriad situations that may be encountered as the substitute teacher fills in for the regular classroom teacher.   


Although it is beneficial for a substitute to be a certified teacher, it is not a requirement.  Persons without formal training in education can be successful substitutes.  Those who enjoy substitute teaching usually have the following personality traits:

  • Desire to work with children ages 3-18

  • Relate well to students

  • Able to inspire a love of learning

  • Good sense of humor

  • Flexible – Able to adjust quickly to unique and changing circumstances

  • Patient

  • Kind

  • Fair

  • Consistent


Every substitute teacher must have a set of skills to use for managing students in the classroom.  We ask all of our substitute teachers to complete a few short video training sessions and to comply with each of our school’s own substitute acclimation regimen.


The FCSU Central Office manages all substitute applicants.  Persons may apply to be a substitute for any or all of our member schools:  


St. Albans City School

St. Albans Town Educational Center

Fairfield Center School

Bellows Free Academy Union High School

Northwest Technical Center

Franklin County Early Childhood Programs


Application Process:

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and have at a minimum a High School Diploma or GED.

  • Applicants are required to complete a Criminal Record Check. (Applicants are responsible for the Criminal Background Check processing fees – $16.50 in the form of cash or check collected at the FCSU office and $25.00 in the form of check or credit/debit card collected at the police station.)

  • Applicants are required to provide copies of most recent transcripts.


From our Employment Forms Library (see “Forms” link below), print the following documents and either bring the completed documents to the FCSU Central Office or forward them by email, fax, or regular mail to:


Diana Kelly, Human Resources Assistant

28 Catherine Street, St. Albans, VT  05478


Fax: (802) 524-1540


You will need the following documents:


  1. Application Checklist

  2. Employment Application


either (if you have not been fingerprinted by a school district within the last three years or if you had a 12-month break in service):


  1. VCIC – Fingerprint Authorization Certificate

  2. Criminal Record Check Process Acknowledgment


or (if you have been fingerprinted by another school district within the last three years and have worked without a 12-month break in service):


  1. Request for Secondary Dissemination

  2. Verification of Employment




  1. Vulnerable Populations Program – VT Release Form

  2. Release for Subscription Service

  3. Ag. of Human Serv. – Consent for Release – Adult/Child Abuse Registry

  4. I-9 Form Employment Eligibility Verification

  5. W-4 Form

  6. Declaration of Health Care Coverage Form


*Once your documents are received and processed, you will be contacted to arrange an appointment to bring in your identification documents and pay the fees for processing your criminal record.

Questions?  Give Diana Kelly a call a 524-2600, Extension 10.  She will be happy to assist you!