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NEW! Alternative Teacher Application (and other COOL info)


General Requirements for All Licenses & Authorizations

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Content Exams

PRAXIS exams

Career & Technical Education

Alternative Preparation and Licensure

Additional Services

Other Requirements

Information for Out-of-State Applicants

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Step 1: Review the Application Checklist
(ensure you meet all requirements before you apply!)

Step 2: Log In to COOL


Step 1: Review renewal requirements for professional licensees

Step 2: Go directly to the Application Checklist to submit a complete and proper application


Already submitted an application? Check the status by logging into your COOL account. You will also see the current date of applications we are processing.

Educator Credential Search

Look-Up a Colorado Educator's License


The latest information/news about educator preparation and licensure.

Colorado House Bill 22-1220 has numerous implications around education preparation for candidates and programs. Visit this webpage for more information about stipend programs, licensure options and demonstration of content competency!

New Alternative Teacher Application

  • On July 1, CDE launched a brand-new ALTERNATIVE TEACHER application in which applicants may for one of two credentials. Candidates no longer will use the TEACHER application to apply. Visit this webpage and the alternative teacher application checklist for more information


  • The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) presents the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE), a common language of ethics developed by educators for educators that can support and guide decisions regarding professional practice. Ideal for in-service training or professional learning communities (PLCs). Get started with the following resources:
    • MCEE video features the educators who helped develop the MCEE and speaks to the importance of the code and its application in the classroom
    • DistruptEd is a two-part video conversation with Troy Hutchings and Phil Rogers about the Code of Ethics (Part 1 and Part 2)
    • Contact NASDTEC at with questions or comments.