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Substitute Positions

This page contains information about requirements and hiring as well as general information for all Mesquite ISD Substitutes.

Substitutes are needed for several positions on our campuses - including clerical, instructional assistants and classroom teachers.  Substitute Teacher and Substitute Instructional Assistant applications are online and can be accessed from this page or from Mesquite ISD’s main web page under Employment.

Click Here to Apply for a Substitute Position

Substitute Appreciation Video

Requirements to be a Classroom Substitute

  • Substitute Instructional Assistant/ Clerical 
    This position requires a high school diploma or GED.  
  • Substitute Teacher
    This position requires a minimum of 60 standard, accredited college hours.  If you have a bachelor’s degree or State Certification you will receive a higher daily rate of pay.

Click the following button to view the downloadable/printable Substitute Handbook.

Substitute Handbook

Steps to Apply

  1. Click the APPLY button next to a Substitute position on the Job Openings page.
  2. After your information is complete, you will receive a confirmation number, and your information will be saved allowing you to return at any time to submit additional applications and to update your information on file.
  3. Once you put in your application it is up to you to monitor your references being returned.  You can see when they reply but not what they say. Once you see that two references have been returned you can email Terri Craig at for a review of your file.

Absence Management System (AMS)

Link to online AMS

Call-In System: 1-800-942-3767


All district employees including substitutes are required to be fingerprinted by Texas state law to be allowed to work in a public school. The 80th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 9 (SB 9), which mandated the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to acquire criminal history through fingerprint submission. This process requires the individual to hold a state-issued driver’s license or state-issued ID card. The cost for fingerprinting is just under $50. The district will not reimburse applicants for fingerprinting expenses

Previous fingerprinting that you may have completed for a real estate license, nursing license or day care will not be accepted by the state education governing board TEA. If you are certified to teach in the state of Texas and have been digitally fingerprinted for certifications purposes, we should be able to acquire the results quickly.

If you are recommended for hire as a substitute, and you have not been fingerprinted through TEA, you will receive an email with a location code if you wish to fingerprint at the Mesquite ISD facility  This email will explain about the email you will receive to set up your fingerprint appointment, as well.