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Standard Requirements for all Colorado Initial Special Services Licenses

An Initial Special Services License may be issued in the endorsement areas listed below to an applicant who:

  • Holds a bachelor's or higher degree from an accepted, regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  • Has completed an approved special services preparation program at an accepted, regionally accredited institution of higher education, including required supervised internship, practicum, and/or field experience.
  • Has provided an approved program verification form.
  • Has submitted a complete application for licensure, including official transcripts, associated fees, and other supporting documentation.


Additional requirements per special services license:

School Audiologist

  • AuD or PhD in School Audiology
  • Practicum or internship in Audiology
  • Praxis II Audiology exam

School Counselor

  • Master's Degree in School Counseling
  • Practicum
  • PLACE School Counselor exam

School Nurse

Option 1

  • Bachelor's of Science in Nursing
  • Valid Colorado Registered Nurse License

Option 2

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field
  • Current national certification in school nursing
  • Three years of experience in school nursing
  • Valid Colorado Registered Nurse License

NOTE: Whether qualified under option 1 or option 2, if an Associate's degree in Nursing was earned, the applicant must submit a signed official letter from the program indicating the number of clinical hours completed.

School Occupational Therapist

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • AOTA accredited occupational therapy program
  • Internship or supervised field experience
  • National exam through NBCOT
  • Valid Colorado Occupational Therapist License issued by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA)

School Orientation & Mobility Specialist

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Approved preparation program for school orientation and mobility specialists
  • Practicum
  • ACVREP exam
  • ACVREP orientation and mobility certificate

School Physical Therapist

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • APTA accredited physical therapy program
  • Practicum
  • Valid Colorado Physical Therapist License issued by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies

School Psychologist

  • State approved sixth-year specialist program (60 graduate semester hours) or doctoral program for school psychologist, serving children birth - 21
  • Internship or supervised field experience
  • Praxis II School Psychologist Exam or NCSP certification (*Prior to 9/13/08 test code #10400)

School Social Worker

  • MSW, including coursework in school and special education law
  • Practicum, including one placement with school aged children
  • ASWB Clinical, PLACE School Social Worker exam, or Colorado LCSW issued by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies

School Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Master's Degree in Communication Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology
  • Speech-language pathology program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in audiology and speech-language pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Practicum
  • ASHA certification or Praxis II Speech-Language Pathology Exam


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