Guest Teachers

Become a Guest Teacher or Substitute Paraprofessional with DPS

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.
  • Earn a higher hourly rate when you become a Super Guest Teacher.
  • Work in any of five regions, and serve more than 160 schools, including charter 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 supports, including:

  • New employee orientation training.
  • Guest teacher orientation.
  • Classroom management training.
  • SmartFind Express (SFE) systems training. How to Set Up My SFE Profile.
  • Student safety procedures and mandated reporting training.
  • Health Care Benefit Offerings depending on position and work activity.

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 three-year substitute authorization, Initial or Professional License or a five-year substitute authorization (One-Year authorizations only qualifies Student Teachers currently working within district).

Next, you would need to apply to the guest teacher 2021-22 pool. You can access that posting here.   If you do not have a candidate profile, you will need to create one.

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 then CDE took).

Guest Teacher Orientation is required for all new hires. With that, we require anyone with a Three-Year Substitute Authorization (only) to attend our online Classroom Management training.

For questions about our Guest Teacher Program, email