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One-Year Substitute Teacher Authorization

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This checklist is for applicants seeking a one-year substitute teacher authorization to serve in a specific public school district, charter school, BOCES or approved facility school.

To qualify for a 1-year substitute authorization, you must:

  • Hold a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Have received a completed verification form from the requesting school district, BOCES, charter or approved facility school (upon issuance, the authorization will be valid only in the requesting district, BOCES, charter or approved facility school)

Important Note: If you do not meet the requirements as specified above or if you are seeking a 3-year, 5-year or 2020-2021 authorization, please review the other checklists and make the appropriate selection. Once an application is submitted, we cannot change the type of credential issued (for example, we cannot issue a 3-year substitute authorization in response to an application for a 5-year substitute authorization). Please be certain when completing the application that you meet the requirements for the type requested.

Plan Ahead

  • You will need electronic copies of all documentation.
    ( Get Help with Document Scanning )
  • Allow ample time to request any third party transcripts or other documentation.

Application Fee:


Authorization Expires:

1 year from date of issue



  • Submit fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
    • If you already hold a valid, CDE-issued educational credential and have consistently maintained an active credential (authorization or license) since you submitted your fingerprints, you can skip this step. We reserve the right to evaluate your application for adherence to the fingerprint requirements and will notify you by email should any follow-up be needed.
    • If you have submitted fingerprints for CDE credentialing in the past, but allowed all credentials to lapse and have held no active credential for a period exceeding one (1) year, you must submit a new set of fingerprints.

    View Fingerprinting Instructions )


  • Within the application you must include employment history for at least the past 5 years.
    • Include employer/business name, dates of employment, reason for leaving, work addresses, supervisor names, and contact information.
  • Complete the applicant section of the One Year Substitute Verification Form.
    • Forward the form to your employer's human resources department to complete and sign the remaining section.
    • The employer must return the completed and signed form to you so you can include it with your online application.
    • Note that if you intend to substitute for more than one employer, you will need to complete a separate application and form for each district, BOCES, charter school or approved facility school.

( Download the Verification Form )


  • If applicable, obtain supporting documentation on the following:
    • Past criminal history
    • Disciplinary actions
    • Any issues related to licensure or employment

    View Self-Disclosure Requirements )

Register and Apply

Once you have gathered all of the information listed above, you are ready to begin the online application process! Just register for the eLicensing system or, if you are already registered, log in. Select the Substitute Authorization application to get started.

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For questions, email or call 303-866-6628.