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Application Information

Thank you for your interest in Newport-Mesa Unified School District.  All your questions should be answered if you read the following information. 

To apply for this position you will need to complete an Edjoin online application and upload the following documents. 

  • Resume
  • Three current Letters of Recommendation (signed)
  • Valid California Credential or 30 Day Substitute Permit
  • Applicable competence exam score such as: CSET, PRAXIS/SSAT, MSAT or NTE
  • Basic Skills Requirement results (CBEST)
  • COPY of Transcripts (post-high school)

Applications will only be reviewed if we are actively hiring substitutes and if all of the supplemental paperwork mentioned above is received.  DO NOT call and verify your application has been received.  After you complete your online application, you will receive a confirmation email. 

The substitute process could take up to a month or more to complete if we are not actively hiring.  When we begin to hire substitutes a review of the above information will be made and if you are being considered for the substitute list, you will be notified by e-mail to attend an orientation. 


Newport-Mesa Unified School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, age, sex, marital status, or handicap in compliance with the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, and Public Law 93-112, Section 504.

Employment is based upon evaluation of the written application, recommendations and personal interviews.

To ensure that all classrooms are covered on busy days, priority of selection of new substitutes will be given to those applicants who have a registered California teaching credential, who are potentially available for service each day, and who are willing to accept assignments which involve less than a full day, and who are willing to take most types of assignments.  Applicants who hold emergency permits or plan to apply for emergency permits will be considered next. 

After the above applicants are hired and if there is still a need for more substitute teachers, considerations will be given to applicants who have limited themselves to certain days and certain school sites.

Substitute personnel files must be completed and verified prior to the first assignment.

Substitutes shall be retained year-to-year based upon the quality of their performance.  If your services are to be retained, you will receive a letter of reassurance and a substitute profile sheet in May of each school year.  This form must be returned by a specified date to remain on the substitute list.


Substitutes must have a valid California Teaching Credential registered with the Credential Office, Orange County Department of Education.  A copy of this credential must be submitted to complete your packet. 

Newport-Mesa will accept emergency permits if there is a need for substitute teachers due to not enough credentialed teachers applying for substitute positions.  If you have already applied for your permit, a copy of that permit must be submitted with your application packet.  If you do not have your permit and you wish to apply for one, you may do this by contacting the Orange County Department of Education at 200 E. Kalmus, Costa Mesa, (714) 966-4000.  To apply for your permit, you must have a BS or BA and complete the passage of the CBEST.

CBEST (California Basic Educational Skill Test)

CBEST is a requirement of the State of California, as well as the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.


The current salary rate for substitute teachers is:

  • $135.00    Daily Rate
  • $155.00    Long Term (beginning the 11th consecutive day-retro to 1st day)
  • $175.00    Long Term (beginning the 31st consecutive day-retro to 1st day)
  • $ 67.50     Half Day

Once you have been accepted as a substitute teacher you must attend an orientation session before you begin to substitute for Newport-Mesa.  Prior to your orientation, you will be given additional hiring paperwork to complete.  At your orientation you will be required to submit the following information:

  1. Tuberculin test (TB)
  2. Certificate of Medical Examination (if applicable)
  3. Drivers’ License.
  4. Social Security Card
  5. Clearinghouse Fingerprints
  6. Keenan SafeSchools Certificates (Five online courses.  More information will be given to you when you are invited to the orientation).


Tuberculin test (TB) – Negative – Test must have been taken within the last 60 DAYS

Certificate of Medical Exemption (Paperwork supplied by District Office)

A Medical certificate, in the form prescribed by the State Board of Education, showing that a person employed for the first time in a California School District or County Superintendent of Schools Office in a position requiring certification qualifications, is free from any disabling disease unfitting the applicant to instruct or associate with children is required.  


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