Join the DPS Team as Guest Teacher, Long Term Sub or Sub Paraprofessional

Guest Teacher and/or Substitute Paraprofessional Opportunities

Guest teaching is an opportunity like no other. You can:

  • Work with students on a part-time or full-time basis.
  • Enjoy a flexible schedule.
  • Build lasting relationships with students, schools, and other teachers.
  • Work in any of our regions, and serve more than 160 schools.

Guest teaching is a popular pathway into the teaching profession. It’s an ideal way to gain real-world experience in the classroom to decide if you would like to pursue additional education to secure your teaching credentials. The district provides our guest teachers with comprehensive training and support, including:

  • New employee orientation training.
  • Guest teacher orientation.
  • Classroom management training.
  • SmartFind Express (SFE) systems guide.
  • Student safety procedures and mandated reporting training.
  • Sick time accrual for all and Health Care Benefit Offerings depending on position and work activity.

Guest Teacher/Daily Sub  23-24 School Year Pay:

  • $21.60/hr ($86.40 half-day/$172.80 full-day) – 1 or 3 year sub authorization
  • $27/hr ($108 half-day/$216 full-day) – 5-year sub authorization, initial or professional teacher license

Substitute Paraprofessional Pay 2023-24 School Year Pay: 

  • $20.50/hr for ECE Sub Para
  • $21.50/hr for SpED Sub Para

Long Term Substitute Opportunities

Long Term Subs in Denver Public Schools cover a critical need for our students when they do not have a full time teacher!  Long Term Subs work between 30-89 days as the teacher of record for the classroom.  It is great way for those seeking a full time teaching position or for anyone who has been a teacher but is not looking a full school year opportunity.

2023-24 School Year Pay:

  • $216 per day ($27 per hour)


  • Must hold a 5 Year Sub Authorization, Initial or Professional Sub Authorization.

How do I apply?

Schools individually post positions for their schools, you can search for Long Term Subs on the DPS Careers Websites 

If you are open to any Long Term Sub Assignment and want your name shared with school leaders, apply here and a recruiter will be in contact with you.

Bonus Program for the 2023-24 School Year

Guest Teacher/Daily Substitute Teachers and Long Term Subs – work more – earn more!

Work 15 or more days in a month

  • $500 bonus

Work between and 12-14 days in a month 

  • $300 bonus

Long Term Subs who complete a full assignment that is between 30-89 days

  • $750 bonus for Special Education
  • $500 bonus for All Other Subject Areas

*Bonus programs terms and conditions are subject to change based on business needs.

Community Volunteer Program

Are you are your organization interested in giving back, consider the Community Volunteer Program.  Give back to your community by volunteering as a Substitute Teacher or Paraprofessional.  Click here for more information.

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There are a few steps in order to become a guest teacher for DPS. First, you must have the proper licensure (or your pending receipt showing your license is in process) from the Colorado Department of Education. Acceptable licenses are: 1-year, 3-year, or 5-year substitute authorizations, Initial or Professional Licenses.

After your application has been received, an interview invite will be sent. If your interview is successful, the hiring on-boarding process would begin (including references and separate fingerprints than CDE took).

Guest Teacher Orientation is required for all new hires. With that, we only require anyone with a 1-year or 3-year substitute authorization to attend our online Classroom Management training.

For questions about our Guest Teacher Program, email