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Initial Special Services Provider License

Preparing to Apply

Am I in the Right Place?

This checklist is for first-time applicants only. If you have ever held a special services provider license in Colorado, please review the other checklists and make the appropriate selection.

Plan Ahead

Application Fee:

$90.00 in-state

$110.00 out-of-state

License Expires:

3 years from date of issue


Checklist

Identification

Education

  • Confirm that you have met all SSP requirements
    ( View SSP Licensure Requirements )
  • List the names and addresses of the colleges/universities you've attended.
  • State statute requires that you submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.  This would include any transfer credits that led to your degree earned.  Official transcripts must show a minimum of a Bachelor's degree conferred.  ( View Transcript Requirements )
  • Transcripts from institutions outside the US must be in English or include an authentic English translation, and have been evaluated by an established credential evaluation service as selected by CDE for course equivalence. CDE currently only accepts evaluations completed by a NACES member.
  • Complete the Approved Program Verification Form documenting that you have successfully completed a state-approved special service provider preparation program.
    Download the Verification Form (PDF) )
    • Please note*: For out-of-state applicants seeking a School Social Worker endorsement, coursework in school law, special education law, functional behavioral assessment, and behavior intervention plans is required. If you have not completed this coursework, please view this information.
  • Obtain proof you have completed and passed an accepted PLACE, PRAXIS II, or other related exam if required for your professional area.
    View accepted PLACE content exams )
    View accepted PRAXIS II content exams )

Employment

Your employment history will help determine the type of Colorado license you will be issued.  It is critical that you include the information below:

  • If applicable, obtain all copies of active or expired special service provider licenses covering the years of experience you have had as an educator.
  • 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.
    • Include special service provider experience from more than 5 years ago, if you have it.

Self-Disclosure

  • If applicable, obtain supporting documentation on the following:
    • Past criminal history
    • Disciplinary actions
    • Any issues related to licensure or employment

    View Self-Disclosure Requirements )


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 application titled "Special Services Provider" to get started.

Register   or, if already registered,    Log In

 

For questions, email CDELicensing@cde.state.co.us or call 303-866-6628.

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