School is almost out for the summer, so why would I be writing about substitute teaching? If you’ve thought about working part-time, summer is a great time to prepare to substitute at your neighborhood schools this fall. If you hold a current teaching license or a bachelor’s degree you can become a substitute teacher.
Most states have a licensing procedure for becoming a substitute teacher if you don’t hold a current teaching license. Just check the state’s Department of Education website and search for substitute licensing. In Colorado for instance, you can apply for a one-year, a three-year or a five-year license. All three of these licenses require the applicant be fingerprinted and results submitted to the state’s Bureau of Investigation. Licensing in Colorado costs $60 for a one-year license and $90 for the three- or five-year license. The five-year license in-state applicants must hold or have held a Colorado teaching license. An out-of-state applicant must hold an unexpired (non-Colorado) teaching license.