Substitute Teacher Information

If you have a passion for helping children grow academically, then we would like to help you take your place at the head of the class. Wayne County Public Schools is looking for motivated individuals, with a minimum of 48 college hours or a two year associate degree, and can maintain classroom instruction while the teacher is away. New WCPS Substitute Teachers are required to attend Effective Teacher Training, unless you already have an active North Carolina teaching license (please see note at the bottom).

If interested in becoming a substitute teacher, please follow the steps below.

Step 1. Please complete an application online at

Step 2. Once your application is complete, you will be given a substitute verification form to enroll in Effective Teacher Training I. You must provide Wayne Community College with the Substitute Verification Form to enroll in the course. The verification form will not be provided to applicant until your entire application has been processed and approved. 

Step 3. Please go to Wayne Community College Continuing Education (Walnut Building, East Entrance) to register and pay for the course. The course is $70.00.  Please register no later than 24 hours prior to course or wait for the next course available. 

Step 4. Once you have completed Effective Teacher Training please submit certificate to Shelvia Yelverton at the WCPS Central Office. You will be scheduled to come and complete payroll paperwork. 

What is Effective Teacher Training?

The is a 24-hour course, co sponsored by Wayne County Public Schools and Wayne Community College, which is required for all substitute teacher applicants. The course will provide practical training in five critical skill areas that include planning, instruction, behavior management, human relations, and professional growth. Students will also be introduced to WCPS policies and procedures. 

Note: If you have a current teaching license or three or more years at a public or private school as a teacher assistant, you will NOT have to take Effective Teacher Training, but you will need to complete SmartFind Training to secure a substitute teacher position. 

For any additional questions about becoming a NEW WCPS Substitute Teacher, please contact

Shelvia Yelverton 
(919) 705-6179

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