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Educator Preparation, Licensing and Enforcement

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The Office of Educator Preparation, Licensing and Enforcement is a resource for questions and information about educator preparation, alternative educator preparation, educator licensing and educator backgrounds, fingerprints and enforcement. We look forward to serving you and we thank you for being an educator in Colorado!

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  • Colorado Educator Licensing Application Fees Increase – March 1, 2016
    •  In November 2015, the Colorado State Board of Education approved a moderate increase in the fees associated with the evaluation of applications for educator licensure. This increase is necessary in order to sustain the rising costs associated with the day-to-day operation of the Office of Educator Preparation and Licensure.
    • Effective March 1, 2016, the evaluation fee for applications from in-state educators will be $90 and $110 for applications from out-of-state educators, though the evaluation fee for an added endorsement application will remain at $80. The fee for the review of one-year substitute and other authorization applications will increase to $60. A new background check-only application will be made available for use by student teachers and educators in charter and private schools. The evaluation fee for this application will be $80.
    • For more information and to view a chart that illustrates the current fee structure that is in effect until the March 1, 2016 fee increases, view the Colorado Educator Licensing Application Fees Increase - March 1, 2016 page.


  • Educator Preparation and Licensing Rule & Content Assessment Alignment The Office of Educator Preparation and Licensing engaged in a process to solicit feedback and recommendations relating to the alignment of Colorado educator preparation and licensing rules and educator licensing content knowledge tests with current initiatives, state statue and best practices.
    • The February 2016 Version of the draft rules are available and will be presented to the State Board of Education in February. 
      • Minimal changes in this draft include: Section 8.02: Elementary Education and section 8.01: Early Childhood Education were updated to reflect the requirement of all elementary and early childhood educators clearly focus on literacy at the early ages.
      • Rules regarding the graduate- level endorsements for Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist were updated to align with the inclusion of literacy specific standards that were included in the teacher Quality Standards outlined in section 5.01 and the Elementary Education endorsement, section 8.02(5)-8.02(13). 
    • The January 2016 Version of the draft rules were made available and were presented to the State Board of Education in January.
    • A public rule-making hearing was held at the November state board meeting on Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. in the State Board Room at 201 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver. CDE encouraged stakeholders to share feedback (limited to three minutes or less) on the rules at the meeting. 
      • Stay Connected and Get involved!
      • View the PowerPoint presented at the Information Sessions that outline the "big ideas" of the updates in the draft rules.

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