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Adult Basic Education Authorization

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The Adult Basic Education Authorization is the only state issued credential for educators who work with adult learners on improving literacy skills, English language proficiency and/or preparing them to pass the high school equivalency test. The authorization is issued by Colorado Educator Licensing as authorized by the State Board of Education under Colorado Code of Regulations 301-37, Rules for the Administration of the Educator Licensing Act of 1991, as amended by Regulation 2260.5-R-4.16. It is valid for five years.

The Adult Basic Education Authorization requires applicants to complete four courses through a Colorado community college or by submitted a portfolio for prior learning. The courses cover a wide range of topics pertinent to the field of adult basic education. The Office of Adult Education Initiatives oversees the portfolio process, policy, and management of the ABEA. The CDE Office of Educator Licensing, Preparation and Enforcement oversees the ABEA credentialing process. Refer to the ABEA Handbook and resources below for more information.



For more information contact ABE@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6865

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