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Initial Teaching License-Approved Program with Graduate Coursework

An Initial Teaching License in an endorsement area requiring graduate-level coursework may be issued to an applicant who:

 

Additional requirements per endorsement area:

Early Childhood Special Education Specialist, Ages Birth to 8

  • PLACE Early Childhood Special Education assessment
  • Completion of an approved undergraduate program in early childhood education, or in early childhood special education
  • Completion of an approved post-baccalaureate, early childhood special education specialist program

Gifted and Talented Specialist, Grades P-12

  • Hold an Initial or Professional Teacher License endorsed in an approved content area
  • Completion of an approved graduate-level program for the preparation of the gifted-education specialist
  • PLACE Gifted and Talented assessment

Reading Specialist, Grades K-12

  • Hold a Colorado Initial or Professional Teacher License, with an endorsement in an approved content area
  • Completion of an approved graduate program for the preparation of reading specialists from an accepted institution of higher education
  • Have three or more years of demonstrated and effective classroom teaching experience
  • PLACE Reading Specialist assessment

Reading Teacher, Grades K-12

  • Hold an Initial or Professional Teacher License
  • Completion of an approved graduate program in reading, from an accepted institution of higher education
  • Have two or more years of teaching experience in an elementary or secondary school, as appropriate to the endorsement being sought
  • PLACE Reading Teacher assessment

Special Education Specialist, Ages 5-21

  • Master’s degree or higher in an approved program for the preparation of special education specialists, from an accepted, regionally accredited institution of higher education

Special Education Specialist: Visually Impaired, Ages Birth to 21

  • Master’s degree or higher in an approved program for the preparation of special education specialists: visually impaired from an accepted, regionally accredited institution of higher education

Special Education Specialist: Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Ages Birth to 21

  • Master’s degree or higher or its equivalent in an approved program for the preparation of special education specialists: deaf/hard of hearing, from an accepted, regionally accredited institution of higher education

Teacher Librarian, Grades K-12

  • Hold an Initial or Professional Teaching License
  • Hold a master's degree in library science
  • Completion of a minimum of one-year of teaching experience in the classroom
  • PLACE School Librarian assessment

 

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