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Becoming a First-Time Educator in Colorado
Colorado educators make a difference every day in the lives of their students and the communities they serve. If you have the drive and commitment to become an educator, you'll find that there's an educator preparation program that meets your specific needs and experience.
Pathways to Becoming an Educator
There are two pathways you can follow to become an educator in Colorado.
Path 1: Enroll in a college or university certification program now, then seek employment later
If you are ready to enroll in a certification program, there are many colleges and universities in Colorado that offer state-approved programs. Once you complete a state-approved certification program and all content requirements, you can apply for an initial educator license that will allow you to teach in the state of Colorado.
Path 2: Qualify for an alternative teacher preparation program or an individualized principal preparation plan, obtain a position as a teacher or principal, then complete a certification program during your employment
For questions, submit a Licensing Support Request form or call 720-739-3304 (7:30 am to 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday).