Reserve Teacher Q&A
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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

·        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:

·        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?

·        Email your questions to