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This checklist is for applicants seeking to renew a valid educational interpreter authorization or one that has been expired for less than one year. You may apply to renew your authorization any time within 6 months of expiration, but no sooner. If your authorization has expired for more than one year or if you are seeking this authorization for the first time, please review the educational interpreter initial authorization checklist and make the appropriate selection.
- You will need electronic copies of all documentation.
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- Allow ample time to request any third party transcripts or other documentation.
5 years from date of issue
- In most cases, additional fingerprinting is not required for renewal applications.
- If you already hold a valid, CDE-issued educational credential and have consistently maintained an active credential (authorization or license) since you submitted your fingerprints, you can skip this step. We reserve the right to evaluate your application for adherence to the fingerprint requirements and will notify you by email should any follow-up be needed.
- If you have submitted fingerprints for CDE credentialing in the past, but allowed all credentials to lapse and have held no active credential for a period exceeding 1 year, you must submit a new set of fingerprints.
- Confirm you have a valid form of government-issued identification.
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- Obtain copies of current or expired educator licenses/authorizations.
- This is required for out-of-state applicants and strongly encouraged for in-state applicants.
- Obtain proof that you have completed 2 semester hours or 30 clock hours of skills-related continuing education and 2 semester hours or 30 clock hours of knowledge-related continuing education (for a combined total of 4 semester hours or 60 clock hours of instruction).
- Note that 1 semester hour = 15 clock hours.
- Your credits must not be more than 5 years old.
- Complete the Renewal Credit of Continuing Education Form.
( Download the Renewal Credit Form )
- Within the application you must include employment history for at least the past 5 years.
- Include employer/business name, dates of employment, reason for leaving, work addresses, supervisor names, and contact information.
- If applicable, obtain supporting documentation on the following:
- Past criminal history
- Disciplinary actions
- Any issues related to licensure or employment
Register and Apply
Once you have gathered all of the information listed above, you are ready to begin the online application process! Just register for the eLicensing system or, if you are already registered, log in.Then, select the Educational Interpreter Authorization application to get started.
For questions, email CDELicensing@cde.state.co.us or call 303-866-6628.