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Renewal of a Colorado Professional License
A valid professional license may be renewed every five years with an equivalent of six semester hours of credit from an accepted, regionally accredited college or university, which may include up to 90 clock hours of professional development (in-services, workshops, being on a committee, etc.) earned during the validity (from the issuance date to the expiration date) of your professional license.
An expired professional license or an expired certificate may be renewed with an equivalent of six semester hours of credit from an accepted, regionally accredited college or university, which may include up to 90 clock hours of professional development (in-services, workshops, being on a committee, etc.) earned during the five-year period preceding submission of your renewal application.
Accepted Renewal Activities
I. In-service Education
12.02(1)(a)* In-service Education: A Colorado school district, non-public schools accredited by an agency recognized by the State Board of Education, or BOCES sponsored in-service education program. One semester hour of credit may be accepted for each 15 clock hours of participation. In-service certificates issued by the sponsoring school district or BOCES shall be submitted as evidence of completion of in-service education.
II. College or University Coursework
12.02(1)(b)* College or University Credit: Credits earned from four-year or graduate accepted institutions of higher education, or an accepted community, technical or junior college. Courses must be directly related to the standards for professional development as provided in section 12.02 of these rules. Official transcripts must be submitted as evidence of completion of college credit.
III. Involvement in School Reform
12.02 (1)(d)* Involvement in School Reform: One semester hour of credit may be accepted for each 15 clock hours of participation. Verified by the licensee's supervisor, activities may include, but are not limited to:
12.02(1)(d)(i) Membership on school site or district accountability or improvement committee(s);
12.02(1)(d)(ii) Curriculum, standards of assessment development or implementation, in the licensee's endorsement content area;
12.02(1)(d)(iii) Implementation of standards;
12.02(1)(d)(iv) Development or implementation of a literacy or numeracy improvement program(s).
12.02(1)(e)* Internships: advanced field experiences offered as part of graduate study or other professional training designed to acquire knowledge or enhance the skills of the educator. The internship must be directly related to the standards for professional development as provided in section 12.02 of these Rules. One semester hour of credit may be accepted for each 15 clock hours of participation. Official transcripts or supervisor verification must be submitted as evidence of completion.
12.02(1)(c)* Educational Travel: To be accepted as a professional development activity, educational travel shall be directly applicable to the endorsement area of the licensee, as documented by the licensee, and accompanied by supervisor verification. One semester hour of credit may be accepted for each 15 clock hours of involvement. Travel time to and from the intended destination shall not be included in the clock hours accumulated.
Example: Accepted travel experiences would include experiences such as the field hours a science teacher spends completing an environmental study program in Kenya or hours that a teacher spends in immersion classes during a summer in Guadalajara. Time spent in transit to and from a site cannot be accepted.
VI. Ongoing Professional Development
12.02(1)(f)* Ongoing Professional Development and Training Experiences must occur within the license holder's present or future endorsement content area(s) or in the areas of literacy or numeracy, and may include, but are not limited to: attendance or presentation at professional conferences; service on state-wide or national educational task forces or boards; professional research and publication; supervision of student teachers; or interns; mentorships; and pursuit of national educator certification.
*Please note: Rules promulgated by the Colorado State Board of Education are subject to revision and change. While we do our best to keep this Web site current, please consult the Colorado Secretary of State's Web site (http://www.sos.state.co.us/CCR/AlphabeticalList.do) for the official rule as it is filed.
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Applications for renewal must be submitted within 6 months of license expiration date. Applications submitted earlier than 6 months prior to expiration date will not be processed and submission of a new application, including another application fee, will be required once you are eligible for renewal.
Applications for licenses that have already expired may be submitted at any point provided requirements for renewal have been met.
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