The Educator Talent Licensing Office provides Colorado educators with certification, by evaluating applications and issuing licenses and authorizations to qualifying individuals.
Four license types – teacher, special services provider, principal and administrator – are issued with one or more of 60-plus endorsements, pending license type and applicant qualifications. Twelve types of authorizations, including 34 different Career and Technical Education (CTE) credentials are also offered.
General Requirements for All Licenses & Authorizations
Information for Out-of-State Applicants
- Credentialing Guide for Out-of-State Applicants
- Out-of-State Endorsement FAQ
- Licensed Out-of-State/Country Teacher Checklist
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What license or authorization do you currently hold?
- Log in to eLicensing to find out what certifications you hold.
- Request a Reprint (Duplicate) of Your Colorado License or Authorization
Other Frequently Visited Pages
The Board of Education noticed rulemaking for three Educator Talent rulemaking packages. Those packages include:
Notice of rulemaking for the Rules for the Colorado Educator Licensing Act of 1991, 1 CCR 301-37 to incorporate recommendations from the field that were collected during townhalls and large group meetings that have occurred throughout the last several years. At a high level, amendments to the educator preparation and licensing rules include:
- Educator submission of degree conferred transcript only
- Out of state educator submission of active educator credential in lieu of educator preparation approval form
- Technical clean up and fixes
- English language learner educator pathways. Before reviewing the rules, view the English learner professional development fact sheet and Frequently Asked Questions document.
Notice of rulemaking for 1 CCR 301-101 Rules for the Administration of Educator Licensure Endorsements to re-organize and streamline the educator licensure rules by separating out the endorsements sections of the rules from the business rules associated with educator preparation and the issuance of licenses and authorizations.
The rules also contain recommendations from the field that were collected during townhalls and large group meetings that have occurred throughout the last several years. At a high level, amendments to the endorsements rules include:
- Addition of a middle school math endorsement
- Addition of school counselor pathways
- Addition of school nurse pathways
Notice of rulemaking for 1 CCR 301-87 Rules for the Administration of a Statewide System to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Licensed Personnel Employed by School Districts and Boards of Cooperative Services to update the rules to align with stakeholder recommendations.
Colorado Department of Education staff in conjunction with teachers, principals, and district leadership have updated the Teacher Quality Standards based on several years of full implementation of the Colorado Educator Effectiveness System. These rule amendments reflect those recommendations by stakeholders. Most notably, the rules streamline the Teacher Quality Standards. Additionally, the rules have been amended to remove any additional content and provisions that have sunset under statutory language.
The latest information/news about educator preparation and licensure.
- CASPA's Alternative License Teacher Job Fair - The first annual CASPA (Colorado Association of School Personnel Administrators) Alternative License Teacher Job Fair will be held on Saturday, May 19th from 8 am to 1 pm at the Colorado Christian University Anchutz Student Center. Registration is FREE! Recruiters and teacher candidates are encouraged to attend. Please visit the CASPA Alternative License Teacher Job Fair web page for additional information.
- Learn more about the Teacher Oath Requirement (per Senate Bill 17-296)
- Helping educators teach English language learners
Since early 2017, the Colorado State Board of Education and CDE have been exploring potential professional development pathways to provide flexibility for new and current teachers to better serve students with English language education needs. Learn more about the proposed increase in professional development for all teachers. View the English learner professional development fact sheet and Frequently Asked Questions document.