Substitute Teachers

PSD schools are currently in a remote learning phase and classroom substitutes are not necessary at this time. We know that PSD schools will remain in this phase through at least the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year. Future hiring decisions will continue to be guided by public health conditions and local/state government orders. Substitute hiring, and the need for substitutes for the 2020-21 school year, will be determined when schools reopen for in-person learning. Please continue to check this page for updates.



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Licensed Substitute replaces a teacher, and must hold a Colorado teaching license, or a Colorado 3-year/5-year substitute authorization. * 

Classified Substitute replaces a classroom paraprofessional, non‐instructional paraprofessional or clerical position. No teaching license is required for classified substitutes.

*Licensed substitutes are automatically eligible to work as a classified substitute. 

Questions about the Colorado licensure process? 

Substitute licensure is obtained from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). Email the CDE at: or call 303‐866‐ 6628.

Required Background Check: Upon hire, both licensed and classified subs must complete a background check specific to Poudre School District.  For licensed subs, this is in addition to what CDE required for licensure.  The cost for the background check $40.00 for classified subs and $28.00 for licensed subs at the substitutes expense.  More information about background requirements will be discussed at the sub meeting. 


2020-2021 Substitute Pay  

Licensed substitutes are expected to work either a full day or a half day:

  • $57.50/Half Day (4 hours or less)
  • $62.50/Half Day (4 hours or less PERA retiree)
  • $115.00/Full Day (8 hours)
  • $125.00/Full Day (8 hours and PERA retiree)
  • $155.00/Full Day Long term rate  

Substitutes for Mountain Schools are paid at a higher rate to compensate for mileage (Full/Half):

  • Livermore: $127.00/Full Day $73.00/Half Day
  • Stove Prairie: $127.00/ Full Day $73.00/Half Day
  • Red Feather: $155.00/Full Day $100.00/Half Day

Classified substitutes are paid hourly:

  • Clerical/Office: $12.88/hour
  • Instructional Paraprofessional: $14.00/hour
  • Health Tech: $14.41/hour
  • Integrated Services Paraprofessional I: $15.25/hour
  • Integrated Services Paraprofessional II/504 Paraprofessional: $16.30/hour
  • Integrated Services Early Childhood Paraprofessional: $16.30/hour


Additional information:

Contact Information

Substitute Teacher Program Coordinator
Dawn Clifton | 970.490.3078 |