How to Become a Substitute


    Knox County Schools will stop accepting substitute applications for the 2018-2019 school year on February 27, 2019.  The Satellite Office will be closed February 28, 2019  through May 3, 2019.  The Satellite Office will reopen Monday, May 6, 2019 to begin accepting substitute applicants for the 2019-2020 school year.  No substitute paperwork will be handed out after Wednesday, February 27, 2019



    1. Complete the online application at
      • Applicants must submit three professional references with valid e-mail addresses
      • Two of the three references must respond favorably to the questionnaire e-mailed to them


    1. Come to the Sarah Simpson Technology Center, 801 Tipton Avenue, during the times listed below with the following items:


    When to Bring

    What to Bring

    • Monday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.



    February 28, 2019 - May 3, 2019

    Satellite Office will be closed if KCS is closed due to inclement weather or other holidays.

    • Social Security Card
    • Driver's License
    • Voided Check/letter from bank
    • Transcript/diploma with your highest level of education or your teaching license
    • Stedi diploma (if you are non-certified and choose this option) **

    While at Sarah Simpson Technology Center, you will also pick up the necessary documents to complete step 3.

    • Must submit to a drug screening within 48 hours of receiving your time-stamped document.
    • Your cost is $58.00
    • We do not accept pre-employment screening results from other agencies.



    • Fingerprinting does not have a time constraint, however, your substitute application will remain incomplete until this step is complete.
    • Your cost for the fingerprint screening is $35.15.
    • We do not accept fingerprint screening results from other agencies.

    *If you are a former employee, please contact our office in regards to fingerprint and drug testing requirements.


    *If you were an intern with KCS the previous term, you do not need to complete the drug screening phase of the pre-screening, however, you will be required to complete the fingerprinting requirement.


    1. After all of the above requirements are met, you will receive an e-mail invitation to the next scheduled orientation.
      • Interns, certified teachers, and STEDI** diploma holders will attend from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
      • Non-certified applicants will attend from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
      • Substitute nurses are not required to attend orientation


    ** Prior to orientation, non-certified applicants may opt to take the on-line STEDI substitute teacher training course at a cost of $39.95. The link for the on-line course is located to the right under Quick Links or click here.   Once completed, with a minimum score of 85%, please provide a copy of the STEDI diploma.  


    1. After orientation, you will receive instructions for completing the on-line Canvas course.


    1. When all of the above steps have been completed and your paperwork is processed, you will receive an e-mail with instructions for accepting substitute jobs through the Aesop Absence Management System. Please allow 2-3 weeks for paperwork processing.


    All applicants must be approved before being added to the active substitute register. Submitting an application and completing the training is not a guarantee of employment as a substitute. Questions? Please contact Knox County School Human Resources Department at 865.594.1929.