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Interim or Initial Teacher License Renewal

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This checklist is for applicants who hold an interim or initial teacher license but have not completed a Colorado State Board of Education-approved induction program. You may apply to renew your interim or initial license any time within 6 months of expiration, but no sooner. If you already hold a Colorado professional license, please review the other checklists and make the appropriate selection.

Please note: Per Colorado statute 22-60.5-201(b), initial teacher licenses may only be renewed once, for a period of three years. An applicant may only renew the initial license a third time if the licensee is unable to complete an induction program for reasons other than incompetence. The licensee must show good cause for their inability to complete an induction program. If the applicant has good cause for the inability to complete an induction program, please upload a statement to the application providing an explanation of why you were unable to complete an induction program during this 6 year period.

Per Colorado statute 22-60.5-111(7), an interim authorization is valid for one year and the Department of Education may renew the authorization for one additional year.  Applicants will receive a memo via email once the authorization is issued that outlines what steps must be taken to qualify for the initial teacher license.

 

Plan Ahead

  • You will need electronic copies of all documentation.
    ( Get Help with Document Scanning )
  • Allow ample time to request any third party transcripts or other documentation.

Application Fee:

$90.00

License Expires:

1 or 3 years from date of issue


Checklist

Identification

  • In most cases, additional fingerprinting is not required for license 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.

View Fingerprinting Instructions )

Employment

  • 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 teaching 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 "Teacher" 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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