How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Colorado

Are you interested in learning how to become a substitute teacher in Colorado? The information below will guide you through the requirements to get your subsitute teacher certificate, as well as talk about the best way to get a substitute teacher job and the salary you can expect.

Types of Substitute Teacher Certificates

Colorado has three types of substitute teacher certificates:

  • 1-year authorization - requires a high school diploma or equivalent and experience working with youth
  • 3-year authorization - requires a bachelor's degree in any area of specialization from a regionally accredited university or college
  • 5-year authorization - requires a valid out-of-state teaching license or an expired or valid Colorado teaching certificate or teaching license

A Colorado substitute authorization allows you to work in a Colorado public school as a substitute teacher. The substitute authorizations are issued without grade level or subject endorsement area designations.

Complete Your Background Check

The first step to become a substitute teacher in Colorado is to obtain your Colorado fingerprint card and submit it to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for a background check. Once you have passed, you are elibible to submit your application to the Colorado Board of Education.

Obtain Official Documents

If you are applying for a 1-year substitute teacher authorization, you will need a copy of your high school diploma and official transcripts.

If you are applying for a 3-year substitute teacher authorization, you'll need your original college transcripts showing you have a bachelor's degree or higher in order to receive your substitute certificate.

If you are applying for a 5-year subsitute teacher authorizaiton, you'll need to submit your valid out-of-state teaching license or expired Colorado teaching certificate.

Complete Your Application for Certification

Next, complete your online application for Colorado substitute teacher certification.

Letters of Recommendation

In addition to your applicaiton materials, you may wish to seek letters of recommendation from professional references. This is especially true if you are seeking a 1-year certificate, as you will need to show evidence of working with children or youth. However, it's recommended that you obtain 2-3 letters of recommendation, as most school districts will require theses recommendations when you apply for substitute teaching jobs in Colorado.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Colorado

Rates for substitute teaching will vary by district in Colorado. Here's a general idea of how much a substitute teacher might make each day teaching in an Colorado classroom.

  • Long-term Substitute, after 20 consecutive days in the same classroom $125.00
  • Certified Substitute $90.00
  • Certified Teacher $100.00

Substitute Teaching Jobs in Colorado

After you've attained your Colorado substitute teaching certificate, you may apply for substitute teaching positions at any public school throughout the state. In order to attain a substitute teaching job quickly, you may wish to contact the colorado school district where you'd like to teach. Here's a complete directory of Colorado school districts and Colorado school district websites

Colorado Substitute Teaching Resources

Check out this page for more information on how to become a substitute teacher in Colorado.

Colorado Department of Education
Educator Licensing
201 E. Colfax Ave. Room 105
Denver, Colorado 80203-1799

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