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Substitute Hiring

Licensed Substitutes:

A licensed substitute replaces a teacher and must hold a valid Colorado teaching license, or a Colorado 1-year/3-year/5-year substitute authorization. Substitute licensure is obtained from the . If you have questions about licensure, please contact CDE directly. You can reach them by submitting a  or by calling 720‐739‐ 3304 between 7:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

天涯社区 has concluded licensed sub hiring for the current 2023-24 school year. Hiring procedures for the 2024-25 school year are still in the works but we expect updates soon. Please revisit this page later for more information.

Classified Substitutes:

A classified substitute replaces a classroom paraprofessional, non‐instructional paraprofessional, clerical position, child nutrition staff member or custodial positions. No teaching license is required for classified substitutes. 

天涯社区 partners with ESS for classified sub coverage. ESS is a seasoned educational staffing agency dedicated to providing qualified and trained staff to school districts. ESS employees receive weekly pay, health benefits that begin on the first day of employment, ongoing training opportunities, special incentives, and bonus programs. ESS will continue hiring classified subs through the summer months! Please visit to learn more about ESS and apply to become an ESS substitute. The onboarding process consists of three easy steps, and the ESS team will be there to support you every step of the way. Start your application today by clicking here: . For more information on classified subbing, please contact ESS at


2024-25 Substitute Pay

Licensed substitutes are paid a daily rate through 天涯社区 (monthly):

Full-Day Rate




Subs who worked less than 20 sub assignments in the 2024-2025 school year and hold a 1-year or 3-year sub authorization will be paid at this rate.



Once a sub works a minimum of 20 sub assignments in the 2024-2025 school year, they will be eligible for this rate of pay.


Or, if one of the following is true:

·        Sub worked 80+ assignments in the 2023-2024 school year (licensed/classified), or

·        Holds an active 5-year Sub Authorization, or

·        Holds an active Teacher License



If a sub works a minimum of 80 assignments in the 2024-2025 school year OR is a PERA retiree, they will be eligible for this rate of pay.



Half day pay is prorated at 50% of the full day rate.


Subs may submit for a pay increase evaluation by completing the sub pay increase form (which will be available on the sub website soon). Forms received by the last calendar day of the month will be considered for evaluation for the upcoming pay period. For example, if a submission is received by September 30th and is approved, the sub could expect an increase in pay for jobs starting on October 16th.


To submit for a pay increase, please submit this form here:


Classified substitutes are paid an hourly rate through ESS (weekly). Rates will be posted soon.


Mileage Rate for Mountain Schools: Classified and licensed subs who drive to schools in Livermore, Red Feather and Stove Prairie are compensated for mileage at 82 cents per mile.



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