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First Time Applicant (Initial)

 

An Initial License shall be valid for three years from the date of issuance and may be renewed.

Please be aware that all applicants must pass a criminal background check that is based upon submission of fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation prior to being issued a Colorado license.

 

 

Initial License Application - Teacher

An initial teaching license may be issued to applicants who have completed an approved teacher preparation program and who meet the specific Colorado license requirements.

For applicants who completed an out-of-state alternative teaching program:

You are required to submit an official signed letter from your State Department of Education confirming the completion of the state approved program and the program requirements for the alternative program you completed.

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Initial License Application - Special Services Provider

An initial special services license may be issued to applicants who have completed an approved special services preparation program and who meet the Colorado license requirements specific to the license. State approved programs include those provided by accepted, regionally accredited colleges and universities.

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Initial License Application - Principal

An initial principal license may be issued to an applicant who has completed an approved principal preparation program and who meets the Colorado requirements for licensure, including three or more years of full time, successful experience working as a licensed or certificated professional in a public or non-public elementary or secondary school in this state or another state.

For applicants who completed an out-of-state alternative principal program:

You are required to submit an official signed letter from your State Department of Education confirming the completion of the state approved program and the program requirements for the alternative program you completed.

Basic Requirements

 

Initial License Application - Administrator

An initial license for Administrator (“Superintendent) or Administrator with an endorsement as Director of Special Education may be issued to an applicant who has completed an approved administrator preparation program, and who meets the Colorado license requirements specific to the license.

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