Substitute authorization in the state of Colorado allows individuals to work within the Colorado public school system as a substitute teacher. These authorizations are issued without a specified grade level or content area. Colorado offers three types of substitute authorizations: one-year, three-year and five-year authorizations.
Colorado Substitute Teacher Requirements
High school diploma or GED equivalent (Not all Colorado school districts will hire a one-year substitute applicant. Applicants must be requested by school district prior to authorization.)
One-Year Substitute Authorization
Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college/university
Three-Year Substitute Authorization
Current or expired Colorado teacher’s license, or Current out-of-state teacher’s license
Five-Year Substitute Authorization
To apply for your Colorado substitute teaching authorization, create an Educator Account with CDE’s eLicensing database.
For more information about becoming a teacher in Colorado, click here.