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Adult Basic Education Authorization

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 GED 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 Authorization in Literacy Instruction (LIA) is now known as the Adult Basic Education Authorization. The Colorado Board of Education unanimously approved the name change at the August 8, 2012 meeting. The new name more accurately reflects the competencies demonstrated by authorized instructors and the content of the required courses.


General Information

Adult Basic Education Authorization Handbook

Course Competencies

ABE Authorization Committee


Authorization Courses

Professional Development

Credential Process

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