- TEE (Temporary Educator Eligibility) formerly known as the SETA (Special Education Temporary Authorization)
- Emergency Educational Interpreter Authorization (EEIA) formerly known as the TEI (Temporary Educational Interpreter)
- Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Authorization
- Adult Basic Education Authorization (Formerly the LIA)
- School Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Authorization
- Intern Authorization
- Adjunct Authorization
- Educational Interpreter Authorization
- Emergency Authorization
- Exchange Educator Interim Authorization
The issuance of authorizations is governed by the Code of Colorado Regulations (Rule) under section 4.00, including the subsections.
TEE (Temporary Educator Eligibility) - formerly known as the SETA (Special Education Temporary Authorization)
The applicant for a Temporary Educator Eligibility has not yet met the requirements for a Colorado Teacher Credential in special education, a Special Services Provider Credential or an Administrator Credential as a Special Education Director, but provides evidence of initial or continuing enrollment in a program which meets the requirements for that endorsement/credential. The TEE will be issued for one school year and may be renewed twice for a total of three school years. (Rule 4.13*)
Requirements: Must hold an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Must also be enrolled in an accepted higher education preparation program leading to a higher degree and/or be completing an appropriate course of study for the license/endorsement area sought. Verification form for the TEE must be completed by the employing school district and the documentation must be uploaded into the TEE application.
Please note that the application for the TEE is the same application and may be used by special education educators, special service providers, including school nurses, school psychologists, school social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists and special education administrators (directors).
Please note some minor changes:
- Applications will be received and processed on a rolling basis, no longer from July 1- June 30 each year.
- Applications will be available year-round with no cut-off dates.
- SLP-A’s who have not completed their program are no longer eligible to apply for the TEE. Instead, districts may request an emergency authorization on the Educator Licensing website here: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/checklist-initialemergency .
For further information please refer to the following link: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdespedfin/TTE_ApsForms.htm
Emergency Educational Interpreter Authorization (EEIA) - formerly known as the TEI (Temporary Education Interpreter)
The applicant for a Emergency Educational Interpreter Authorization (EEIA) has not yet met the requirements for the Education Interpreter Authorization but provides documented evidence of continuing progress towards becoming fully authorized as an Educational Interpreter. The Emergency Educational Interpreter Authorization (EEIA)) will be issued for one year and may be renewed twice for a total of three years.
Requirements: Must hold an associate’s or higher degree and provide documentation of minimum skills on the EIPA (Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment) written and performance test. Application and the supporting documentation must be completed by the employing school district. Both the application and supporting documentation, plus the EIPA test results must be uploaded into the EEIA application.
For further information, please refer to the following link: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdespedfin/TTE_ApsForms.htm
Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Authorization
A JROTC instructor authorization shall be valid for five years from date of issuance, and may be issued to an applicant who provides documented evidence of JROTC certification based upon successful acquisition of service-specific JROTC Program Director certification, and/or completion of service-specific JROTC program preparation requirements, which include, but are not limited to, completion of a service-specific JROTC certification training program. (Rule 4.15*)
Requirements: Documented evidence to support completion of a JROTC certification training program.
Adult Basic Education Authorization (Formerly the LIA)
An Adult Basic Education authorization shall be valid for five years from the date of issuance, and may be issued to an applicant who has an associate degree or higher and provides documented evidence of adult basic education instruction training and experience, based upon successful completion of adult basic education authorization requirements. (Rule 4.16*)
Requirements: Must hold an associate's degree or higher, successful completion of a literacy instruction training program, and provide documented evidence showing completion of a literacy instruction training and/or experience.
School Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Authorization
The School Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLP-A) serves as a member of an educational team, and is authorized to perform tasks prescribed, directed, and supervised by a certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), in implementing services for children/students with speech, language, cognitive, voice, oral-muscular, augmentative/alternative communication disorders, and hearing impairments. A School Speech-Language Pathology Assistant authorization is valid for five years. The Department may renew the authorization for succeeding five-year periods upon presentation of documented evidence of completion of content-related renewal requirements which includes 50 contact hours of continuing education. (Rule 4.11*)
Requirements: Must hold a bachelor's degree in speech communications, speech-language pathology, or communication disorders-speech sciences, or hold a bachelor's degree in any other field with 24 credits in speech language hearing sciences. Completion of a school speech-language pathology assistant program or equivalent that meets or exceeds recommended guidelines by a national association of speech-language hearing professionals through one of the following Colorado Colleges/Universities: Metropolitan State College, University of Colorado-Boulder, or University of Northern Colorado. Completion of a minimum of 100 clock-hours of a school based practicum under the supervision of an ASHA nationally certified SLP.
For further information please refer to the following link:
The Department of Education may issue an intern authorization to an applicant who holds at least a bachelor's degree from an accepted institution of higher education and who is enrolled in an approved program of preparation for a special services provider that requires completion of an internship. A person employed under an intern authorization shall work under the supervision of a person who holds a professional special services provider license. (Rule 4.02*)
Requirements: Must hold a bachelor's degree or higher, be enrolled in an approved program for special service provider preparation, and be serving under the supervision of a licensed professional special service provider.
An adjunct instructor is a specialist or expert in a content area not available through regular or alternative teacher preparation in an endorsable content area, and who is without formal training. The purpose of adjunct instruction is to provide students with highly specialized academic enrichment, outside of, and supportive of required content areas. (Rule 4.01*)
Requirements: Must be requested by an employing school district, and hold a bachelor's degree or higher, or have been employed for five years in the area of specialization.
Adjunct Authorizations are also issued for individuals seeking a Native American Language and Culture Instruction Authorization.
Educational Interpreter Authorization
An Educational Interpreter authorization shall be valid for five years from the date of issuance, and may be issued to an applicant who has an associate's degree in educational interpreting, or in a related educational field, and shall provide documented evidence of successful performance on professional skill assessments. (Rule 4.14*)
Requirements: Must hold an associate's degree or higher in educational interpreting or in a related field. Sign Language Interpreters must also have a passing score of 3.5 or higher on the EIPA (Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment) written and performance test. Oral Interpreters must also have a satisfactory performance on a state or national assessment of oral interpreting skills. Cued Speech Transliterators must also have satisfactory performance on a state or national assessment of transliterating skills.
For further information please refer to the following link:
The applicant for an Emergency Authorization has not yet met the requirements for a Colorado Initial Educator License, but provides evidence of enrollment in a program that will meet the requirements for that Initial License. (Rule 4.03*)
Requirements: A Colorado school district must request the emergency authorization in order to employ a non-licensed teacher, principal, administrator, or special services provider. The school district must provide documented evidence of a demonstrated need for specific and essential educational services for students, which can be provided by the applicant, and which would, otherwise, be unavailable, due to a shortage of licensed educators with appropriate endorsements. The emergency authorization must be presented to the State Board of Education for approval.
Exchange Educator Interim Authorization
An Exchange Educator Interim Authorization authorizes a school district to assign a person who is a participant in a district-recognized educator exchange program and is certified or licensed, or eligible for certification or licensure, as a teacher, special service provider, principal, administrator in another country. (C.R.S. 22-60.5-111(7.7))
Requirements: An educator from another country may apply for this authorization if they meet the criteria outlined above.