Reserve Teacher Q&A
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Reserve Teacher Q&A

Reserve Teacher Q&A

Reserve (Substitute) Teacher Information

1.    What are the qualifications for becoming a reserve teacher with MPS?

  • Must have at least a BA degree  (in any area)
  • Must hold a valid Minnesota standard teaching license  OR  a valid Minnesota limited Short Call license

2.    How do I get a Short Call license?

  • You must apply for a Short Call license online by going to the Minnesota Department of Education Web site.  The web address is education.state.mn.us.
  • Under the “Quick Links” column, Click on the Licensing link
  • Click on “Online Licensing System” and follow directions
  • For assistance and more information contact the Minnesota Department of Education at 651-582-8691.

3.    How much does it cost to get a Short Call license?

  • The cost for a first time Short Call limited license is $93.45. 
  • The cost for a license renewal is $58.70.
  • Payment is made online when applying for the Short Call license.

4.    What is the job responsibility of a Reserve teacher?

  • Complete the lesson plan left by the teacher
  • Complete extra duties the teacher may normally do (i.e. bus duty, hall duty, lunch room duty)
  • Make sure the room is in order and picked up at the end of the day
  • Write a detailed note to the teacher explaining what happened during the day
  • Follow and enforce the rules of the school and classroom
  • Supervise the students at all times
  • Keep the students safe
  • Be a positive role model
  • Be on time and stay until the assignment is complete

5.    How much do reserve teachers get paid?

  • Reserve teachers are paid $160.00 for a full day or $20.00 per hour.

6.    When do I get paid?

  • You are paid every two weeks on Friday.

7.    How much will I be able to work?

  • A reserve teacher determines how much they work. Assignment availability could vary from day to day.
  • You are required to work at least 1 day per month to remain in the position.

8.    What School(s) will I be working at?

  • You choose what school(s) you will work at.
  • You can accept an assignment at any school, any grade level and any subject.

9.    How am I assigned a job?

  • MPS uses a sub finder system called Aesop (Automated Educational Support Operator)
  • You log into the system either using the web or by phone
  • You will see/hear available opportunities and accept the assignment you want

More information will be provided at the reserve teacher orientation

10.  Where can I get more information on how to apply for a Reserve Teacher Position?

  • Go to Minneapolis Public school website: www.mpls.k12.mn.us
  • Click on the “Careers” tab
  • Click on the “Becoming a Reserve Teacher” link located on the left side of the screen

11.     Who can I contact if I have additional questions?