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Substitute Applicant

Colorado Issues three types of substitute authorizations: 1-year authorization, 3-year authorization, and 5-year authorization. A 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.

5-Year and 3-Year Substitute Authorization

A 3-year substitute authorization requires a bachelor's degree or higher from an accepted, regionally accredited college or university. During the application process, the applicant will be required to upload a copy of the official transcript(s).

A 5-year substitute authorization requires a current or expired Colorado teacher's license/certificate or a current out-of-state teacher's license/certificate. During the application process, the applicant will be required to upload a copy of the teacher's license. Note: a Special Services Provider, Principal or Administrator license does not qualify, it must be a teaching license.

1-Year Substitute Authorization

A one-year substitute authorization requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Not all school districts in Colorado will hire an applicant who holds a one-year substitute authorization. Additionally, the applicant must have been requested by the specific school district prior to being issued the one-year authorization. Once issued, the authorization can only be used at that specific school district.

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