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Colorado Substitute Teacher License Renewal

Colorado requires that its substitute teachers renew their licenses after a certain amount of time. Below is information on how substitute teachers can renew their licenses in Colorado.

The state of Colorado has three substitute teaching authorizations: one year, three years, and five years. Each has a different requirement for initial approval. The One-Year Substitute Authorization requires a high school diploma, the Three-Year Substitute Authorization requires a bachelor's degree, and the Five-Year Substitute Authorization requires a current or expired Colorado teacher's license.

Colorado Substitute Teacher License Requirements

Approximate Pay for Substitute Teachers in Colorado (2017)* $15.00 per hour
Required Degree High School Diploma (One-Year), Bachelor's (Three- & Five-Year)
Degree Field Any, for One- or Three-Year Licenses

Source: Colorado Department of Education

One-Year Substitute Authorization Renewal

The One-Year Substitute Authorization can be renewed after a minimum of six months or after expiration. If the license holder tries to renew before the six months, the Colorado Department of Education will not process the renewal application.

The applicant must complete the One-Year Substitute Authorization renewal application on the Colorado Department of Education's e-Licensing portal. One -Year Substitute Authorizations are associated with specific school districts; because of this, the applicant must have an administrator or designee of the district complete a one-year substitute verification form. After completing the application the applicant will be required to pay a fee of $60 before submitting the application. After the application has been received, it takes from two to four weeks to process a substitute authorization application.

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Three-Year Substitute Authorization Renewal

A Three-Year Substitute Authorization can be renewed, and in order to do so the applicant must access the Colorado Department of Education's e-Licensing portal and complete an application. Applicants will be required to provide documentation of their degree, specifically official transcripts from an accredited university. Before the application can be submitted the applicant must pay the application fee of $90. After the submission of the application, it will take four to six weeks for the Colorado Department of Education to process the completed application.

Five-Year Substitute Authorization Renewal

In order to qualify for a Five-Year Substitute Authorization renewal, the applicant must currently hold, or have previously held, a Colorado teacher license. For out-of-state applicants, they must currently hold an unexpired teaching license from another state. Applicants with Colorado teaching credentials, current or expired, and out-of-state applicants with current teaching licenses must submit a copy of their license. Both in-state and out-of-state applicants must complete the substitute authorization renewal application located on the e-Licensing portal provided by the Colorado Department of Education. Once the application is completed, the applicant must submit the $90 application fee in order to submit it.

More Application Information

If the applicant has held a Colorado Department of Education credential within a year of the application, or if they currently hold a credential, they will not have to submit a new set of fingerprints. If the credential has been expired for over one year, the applicant will have to submit a new fingerprint set.

This application requires that the applicant include five years' worth of employment history. This must include the employer's name, addresses, contact information, employment dates, supervisors, and reasons for leaving. The application may also require the applicant submit information and documents regarding criminal history, disciplinary issues, and licensure/employment issues.


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