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Apply for Licenses and Authorizations

Select a link below to apply for a license, a renewal of a license or an authorization.

  Initial Educator Licenses

This is for applicants who have completed an approved educator preparation program and are applying for the first time for a Colorado teaching, special services, principal, administrator or director of special education license.


This is for applicants who are renewing a current or expired Colorado educator license.

Initial Educator License - More Information   Initial Educator License - FAQs   Initial Educator License - Application    

Renewal Applicant - More Information   Renewal Applicant - FAQs   Renewal Applicant - Application    

  Substitute Authorizations

This is for applicants who serve as a day-to-day substitute teacher in any Colorado school district.

  Alternative Licenses

This is for applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher and want to prepare to be a teacher or principal but have not completed an approved preparation program.

Substitute Authorization - More Information   Substitute Authorization - FAQs   Substitute Authorization - Application    

Alternative License - More Information   Alternative License - FAQs   Alternative License - Application    

  Initial to Professional Licenses

This is for applicants who hold a Colorado Initial license and have completed the requirements for a professional license.

  Added Endorsements

This is for applicants seeking a second or subsequent endorsement to their current Colorado educator license.

Initial to Professional License - More Information   Initial to Professional License - FAQs   Initial to Professional License - Application    

Added Endorsements - More Information   Added Endorsements - FAQs   Added Endorsements - Application    

  Career & Technical Education (CTE) Authorizations

This is for applicants who meet the educational and occupational qualifications to teach in an approved Career and Technical Education program.

  Additional Authorizations

This is for applicants who have not yet met the requirements for a Colorado Initial Educator License but provide specialized academic content or are enrolled in an approved educator preparation program.

Career & Technical Education (CTE) Applicant - More Information   Career & Technical Education (CTE) Applicant - FAQs   Career & Technical Education (CTE) Applicant - Application    

Authorizations - More Information   Authorizations - FAQs   Authorizations - Application    

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Application Processing Status

We're currently processing applications received on or before the following dates:

Initial In-State:02.04.15
Initial Out-of-State:02.04.15
Renewal of Initial:02.04.15
Renewal of Professional:02.04.15
Substitute Authorizations:02.04.15
Alternative Applications:02.04.15
Initial to Professional:02.04.15
Added Endorsements02.04.15
CTE Applications:02.04.15

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Professional Services & Educator Licensure
6000 E Evans Ave
Building #2, Suite 100
Denver, CO 80222
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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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