The Office of Professional Services and Educator Licensure's new physical and mailing address is:
6000 E. Evans Ave., Building #2, Suite 100, Denver, CO 80222
We look forward to serving you in our new location!
Rules Concerning the Native American Language and Cultural Authorization
At the September 2013 State Board of Education meeting a notice of rulemaking was approved for the promulgation of rules for the Native American Language and Culture Authorization. On September 11, 2013 staff from the Office of Professional Services and Educator Licensing presented draft rules to the State Board of Education.
Members of the public are now welcome to submit written comments on the rules to the board by e-mail, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to: State Board Office, 201 E. Colfax Ave., Room 506, Denver, CO 80203-1087. Members of the public are welcome to attend and provide testimony at the public hearing before the State Board on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
Please check this page for regular updates on the rulemaking process.
Mailing Transcripts No Longer Required
As of 9/1/13, you no longer need to mail or bring in your official transcripts to CDE unless specifically requested to do so.* However, high quality scans of your transcripts do need to be uploaded into your eLicensing application.
To provide some background, CDE does not file transcripts, scores or any other documentation on your behalf. We use these documents only to evaluate your application but we do not keep them on file. Please keep your transcripts, scores, and other documentation in your own personal files in case of audit or for use in future applications.
*We want you to have the fastest service possible! If you have been asked to mail documents to us, make sure to use the 6000 E Evans Ave address above and not the old address on E Colfax Ave.
New in Educator Licensing
Licenses and Authorizations offered:
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.
This is for applicants who serve as a day-to-day substitute teacher in any Colorado school district.
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.
This is for applicants who hold a Colorado Initial license and have completed the requirements for a professional license.
This is for applicants seeking a second or subsequent endorsement to their current Colorado educator license.
This is for applicants who meet the educational and occupational qualifications to teach in an approved Career and Technical Education program.
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.
Office of Professional Services and Educator Licensure
6000 E Evans Ave
Building #2, Suite 100
Denver, CO 80222
Phone: (303) 866-6628
Fax: (303) 866-6866
Call Center and
Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00 pm
(last walk-in/call at 4:30 pm)
Application Processing Status
We're currently processing applications received on or before...
|Renewal of Initial:||11/20/13|
|Renewal of Professional:||11/18/13|
|Initial to Professional:||11/22/13|
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If your application is with the enforcement team and you would like to set up a phone appointment to discuss your application, please call (303) 866-6628 for available times.
Licensure NewsThe Colorado Department of Education in partnership with the Colorado Department of Higher Education engaged The New Teacher Project in a study to re-examine the state's educator licensure system. Click here (PDF) to view the recently released study entitled, "Making Licensure Matter." CDE is reviewing the study recommendations as it considers ways to improve the state's educator licensure system.