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Substitute Information

Substitute Information

Are you interested in becoming a substitute? Not sure if you'd like to become a Classified or Licensed Substitute? What's the difference between both? Well, let me provide you some information that will hopefully guide you to the right path.

Licensed Substitute:
*Allows you to substitute for teachers 

* Must get fingerprinted and pass a background check. COST average $54.50

*Have a current substitute authorization issued by CDE (Colorado Department of Education).

                * CDE has 3 different authorization:

*1-year authorization, must hold a High School Diploma or equivalent, and have experience working with children. COST $60.00

*3-year authorization, must hold a bachelor's degree in any content area from a regionally accredited college or university. COST $90.00

*5-year authorization, must hold or have held a Colorado teacher license or hold a current out-of-state teacher license/certificate. COST $90.00

*Submit an application to Montrose County School District

*The pay for a licensed substitute is $130.00 for the full day and $65.00 for the half day

Classified Substitute:

*Allows you to sub in for paraprofessionals, secretaries, classroom aids, and custodial

* Must get fingerprinted and pass a background check. COST average $54.50

*Submit an application to Montrose County School District

*The pay for classified substitutes is $13.65 an hour

CDE Resources

Need help starting your new substitute job or perhaps additional resources? The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has several resources that can help you with insight into the classroom. 

FREE advising call
TEACH Colorado offers free advising calls with TEACH Colorado coaches to help answer questions and share more insight about life in the classroom. Schedule a 1-on1 call with TEACH Colorado coach today.

Sign up for Substitute Boot Camp
Step into substitute teaching with confidence and support! The Substitute Boot Camp is a FREE, virtual course specifically designed to support, assist and encourage substitute teachers with starting their first day on the job.  The Substitute Boot Camp is an excellent resource for licensed substitute teachers and individuals who are in-process of obtaining their substitute authorization. 
Visit the Be A Substitute/Guest Teacher webpage for more information, including Boot Camp registration details.

Colorado Substitute Stipend
You can qualify for a $300 stipend in three easy steps! Visit the Be a substitute/Guest Teacher webpage for eligibility requirements and details. 

Online Training
"Welcome to Substitute Teaching," is a free course that will set you up for a successful start to your substitute teaching journey. The curriculum is based on the Substitute Teacher Competency Framework. Visit to get started. 

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