Licensed Substitute Program

Sub Teacher

Substitute Teaching
in Douglas County Schools

Important Notices:  


Update from CDE Regarding New Licensing System

Steps to Becoming a Substitute Teacher in DCSD

STEP 1: Applicants must first obtain a substitute authorization from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). This process can take 2-6 weeks per CDE’s website. Please click on the appropriate link below and follow the corresponding checklist on CDE’s website. Be sure to choose the authorization that matches your educational level and authorization type you are seeking. Options include the following:
  1. Three year substitute authorization Applicants must hold a minimum of an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants will be required to provide their college transcripts to CDE. Application fee: $90.00
  2. Five year substitute authorization applicants must have held a Colorado teacher license (ECE-12). If you currently hold a Colorado teacher license, you do not need to obtain substitute authorization. Application fee: $90.00
Once you have obtained your substitute authorization from CDE, next you will apply for the substitute teacher job posting with DCSD. Please note for New Applicants: If you do not have a profile set up in Workday, our applicant tracking system, from the job posting linked above select "Apply" and then select "Create Account".
  1. Once you have applied for the position, and your reference checks are complete, you will be sent a link to schedule fingerprints with DCSD. DCSD and CDE both collect a set of fingerprints.
  2. Once you have cleared the background check, you will need to attend orientation and provide identity documents for Form I-9.
  3. Once all of the above has been completed you are ready to substitute teach.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year. Please check back in July 2024 for the updated information on how to apply.

Why become a DCSD Substitute Teacher?

  • You will become an important part of your community
  • You will build relationships with other teaching professionals
  • You will enjoy career freedom and flexibility
  • You will inspire a love of learning
  • You will set a good example for students as a positive role model
Thank you for your interest in becoming a substitute teacher with DCSD.
Returning applicants can select "Apply" and log in to Workday.  

Please note for New Applicants: If you do not have a profile set up in Workday, our applicant tracking system, from the job posting linked above select "Apply" and then select "Create Account". Once your profile is completed, click on the job posting link above and then select "Apply".

For assistance with your application, please contact our HR Solutions Center at (720) 433-0140.

To be considered for employment as a DCSD Substitute Teacher, applicants must upload and provide the following items at the time of application:

  • Copy of current Colorado Department of Education Teaching License, or   Colorado Substitute Authorization
  • Copies of all official transcripts
  • Copies of passing results for any PLACE or PRAXIS tests taken.
  • Three Professional References, with a minimum of 2 current or past supervisors.

Douglas County School District does not issue Colorado Teaching Licenses or Substitute Authorizations.

Please refer to The Colorado Department of Education Website for licensing information.

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 303-387-0127.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).