Colorado Substitute Teacher Requirements

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
Requirements Substitute Authorization

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.

Learn more about becoming a teacher in Colorado.