The Colorado Department of Education Educator Licensing Division issues three types of authorizations for substitutes: a 1-Year Authorization, a 3-Year Authorization and a 5-Year Authorization. They are valid for all grade levels and subjects.
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The following are the educational requirements for the various levels of substitute licensure in Colorado.1-Year Authorization
The following are the examination requirements for the various levels of substitute licensure in Colorado.1-Year Authorization
If you are pursuing substitute teacher authorization, you must first complete the criminal history background check and fingerprinting. This must be completed before you will be accepted into the program. Print this form and take it to your local law enforcement agency. Your completed fingerprint card must be submitted to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), 690 Kipling Street, Suite 3000, Denver, CO 80215. You must also pay a $39.50 processing fee by check, money order or credit card form. If you have any questions, call the CBI at (303) 239-4208 or visit their website.
Not all schools will hire substitutes with just a 1-Year Authorization. Check with the school district in which you are interested in substituting for their specific policy. If you have a 1-Year Authorization, you must submit a separate application for each district in which you wish to work. Applications for all substitute authorizations must be submitted online.
Substitute authorizations are issued without grade level or content specifications. Some schools will allow you to choose the grade levels and/or content areas in which you would like to substitute.
Contact your local public school system or the Colorado Department of Education Educator Licensing Division for more information about substitute teaching.