License Renewal for Substitute Teachers in Colorado

Certain substitute teachers in Colorado may renew their licenses by submitting the required forms and documentation to the Colorado Department of Education. Schools offering Teaching & Learning degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How to Renew a Substitute Teacher License in Colorado

Though the state of Colorado offers one-year, three-year and five-year substitute teacher licenses, only the three- and five-year licenses can be renewed. The general requirements for license renewal are summarized in the table below.

Education/Experience Required Bachelor's degree
Exam Requirements None required
Certification Renewal Period Three years OR
Five years
Requirements for Renewal Submission of the application form and non-refundable application fee
Average Salary (2019) $29,501 (substitute teachers in CO)*
Estimated Job Growth (2016-2026) 10% (teachers and instructors, all other, nationally)**

Sources: *Glassdoor.com; **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

General Requirements for Renewal

The three-year substitute teaching license is given to teachers who have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in an approved educator preparation program from an accredited college or university. On the other hand, the five-year substitute teaching license is granted to educators who not only have a bachelor's degree but also hold or have held a Colorado teaching license. In order to renew the three-year license, the educator only needs to complete and submit the relevant application form. For the five-year license renewal, the educator must ensure that they have the information from his or her Colorado teaching license.

Fingerprinting and Self-Disclosure Requirements

Generally, educators will only need to resubmit their fingerprints for analysis if the substitute license has lapsed. A license is considered lapsed if the educator has had no license or credential for more than a year. If the license has lapsed then the applicant will need to initiate the background check process through his or her eLearning account so he or she can schedule a fingerprinting appointment at an approved fingerprinting vendor. The fingerprints will then be sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who will collaborate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to complete the educator's background check. The results of the background check will be sent directly to the Colorado Department of Education. The Colorado Department of Education will inform educators without lapsed licenses if they need to undergo the fingerprinting process.

For substitute teacher license renewal, the educator is still required to self-disclose any felony misdemeanors or convictions as well as school disciplinary action or any issues that may have prevented the applicant from securing a teaching license before. This self-disclosure must be done even if the Colorado Department of Education has been informed of the issues previously. In particular, educators are required to disclose felony DUI and any other felony traffic-related offenses. The educator must present documented proof to support what they have disclosed to the Colorado Department of Education. This may include police reports, court dispositions, official reprimands or letters from the licensing board detailing any action taken.

Application Process

Substitute teachers may renew their licenses through the eLicensing portal on the Colorado Department of Education website. Educators can log in and enter the Teacher License section of the portal in order to complete the online application. The application will require a valid government ID, information about the educator's teaching license (for the five-year substitute license) and the educator's employment history. The application fee of $90 can also be paid through this online portal.

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