What kind of process do you have to go through to substitute teach in Colorado?The opinions expressed here are those of the individual and not those of StreetAdvisor. Report
It's pretty easy, but takes a couple of weeks. You need to contact the Colorado Department of Education and they can get you the forms you need, or apply online at http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/Licensure_SubApp.asp. There are 1, 3, and 5 year authorizations. The one year is where you are requested by a school district and only need a high school diploma (very rare instances, think very remote, small towns in need). The three year authorization requires a bachelor's degree and they will want an official copy of your transcripts. The five year authorization is for people with a current teaching license either from Colorado or another state. You also have to get fingerprinted and it takes a few weeks to get those back from the FBI. I used to substitute teach right after I got out of college and back then it was a very lucrative job, and I could work as much or as little as I wanted. Before going through the entire process, if I were you, I would check how much your local school district is paying. Where I used to substitute the pay dropped over 35% when they had budget cuts and I can't imagine working for that little of pay now or back then. If you are good with kids it can be a really fun job. If you have a problem with instilling rules or discipline I would suggest you reconsider. It can be a tough job, but also rewarding. I typically did long term jobs where the regular teacher was out on maternity leave so I was in charge of the entire thing, like a regular teacher would be, doing lesson plans and the whole bit. That also pays a lot more than just day to day subbing. If you are considering teaching as a career, it is a good way to get a feel for how it all works and some of the not so glamorous aspects of the job. I loved the kids I worked with but as far as administration and some of the other aspects of the job, it wasn't for me. In my opinion we have a very flawed educational system that is in serious need of an overhaul, which is why I think homeschooling is becoming so popular.