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Advancing from an Initial License to a Professional License

Preparing to Apply

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This checklist is for applicants who hold a Colorado initial teacher license, have completed a Colorado State Board of Education-approved induction program and who wish to advance to a professional teacher license.

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Plan Ahead

Application Fee:


License Expires:

5 years from date of issue



  • Ensure you have a current background check on file. If you have submitted fingerprints for CDE credentialing in the past, but allowed all credentials to lapse, you must submit a new set of fingerprints to CBI for licensure purposes.
  • Confirm you have a valid form of government-issued identification. 


You will need the following documentation:

  • A copy of your completion of induction certificate.



You will need to update your work experience:

  • Include employer/business name, dates of employment, reason for leaving, work addresses, supervisor names and contact information.



You are required to self-disclose and include documentation on any of the following:

  • Any new convictions, disciplinary actions or issues related to licensure or employment


Once you have gathered all required documentation and have reviewed the rules governing the licensure process, you are ready to complete and submit a TEACHER application.

Important Reminders:

  • An application is deemed complete when CDE has received all required information, documentation and fees.
  • By submitting an application, you are verifying that the application is complete, that all requested documentation has been provided and that all questions within have been answered truthfully.
  • CDE will contact you within 45 days of receipt of your application should additional information be required to complete and evaluate your application. You then will have 60 days in order to submit the information, request consideration or withdraw your application, or the application will expire and you will need to reapply.
  • If we do not receive your background checks within 60 days of your application, your application will expire and you will need to reapply.
  • State statute prohibits the refunding of any application evaluation fee.
  • Once you have submitted an application, check your status online regularly for notifications, updates and/or to print a copy of your certificate.

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