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COVID-19-Related Licensure Concerns
Licensure Concerns in the Time of COVID-19
CDE has received a number of inquiries about licensure concerns for individuals in a variety of situations. Based on legal guidance, state statute, input from district human resources officers and what presently is in within CDE’s purview regarding present business practices, we have established the following guidelines.
The scenarios below are provided so that educators my identify themselves and determine what they will need to do in order to submit an application for the proper credential.
What if I am unable to access a PRAXIS or other required exam due to COVID-19 cancellations and closures?
***Register for PRAXIS at Home, ETS's latest option for the nation's 30 most administered exams, with another 10 available beginning June 1. These and other exams will remain available to in-person testing once centers re-open. (Check to see if a Prometric test center is open near you!) ***
Educators From Outside Colorado (presently provided for in statute)
- Out-of-state teachers (including special education teachers), principals and administrators should complete and submit an application for the license-type requested. As long as all other requirements are met, we may issue an interim authorization, which will allow you to serve in that capacity for one year while you prepare for and take the required exam(s). Upon passing, you may then apply for a full credential by submitting an application to advance from an interim authorization to an initial or professional license. Should you need additional time to prepare for and take the exam, the interim authorization may be renewed one time.
- Out-of-state school counselors and speech-language pathologist assistants should complete and submit an application for an emergency authorization.
- Important Note: Your employing Colorado district, BOCES or charter school will need to complete the emergency authorization packet and provide it to you to include in your application.
- All other out-of-state special services providers should complete a temporary educator eligibility (TEE) authorization.
- Important Note: Your employing Colorado district, BOCES or charter school will need to complete the TEE verification form and provide it to you to include in your application.
- If registration for the requisite exam is not yet open at the time of application, simply notate that in the middle portion of the form along with an indication that you will register once it becomes available.
Educators Within Colorado (an extension of present business practices)
- Recent Colorado graduates (including alternative special education teachers), Colorado alternative teacher candidates and those who hold a Colorado authorization that cannot be renewed again – and who meet all other requirements* – should complete and submit the application you would submit if you had taken and passed the exam:
Can I reschedule from a test center to PRAXIS at Home?
Yes. If your specific test is available via PRAXIS at Home, you may reschedule to an at-home appointment free of charge by contacting PRAXIS customer support at 1-800-772-9476 (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Eastern Time). You must contact customer support at least three days before your test date in order to reschedule to PRAXIS at Home.
Important note: Rescheduling through your ETS account will result in a non-refundable rescheduling fee. You must call PRAXIS customer support to avoid a rescheduling fee.
What if, because of COVID-19-related closures, I don't have sufficient professional development, my PD or induction certificates are locked in my files at school or I need coursework to either renew or advance my credential?
Important Note: The following guidelines apply only to those whose credentials expire before July 1, 2020. If your credential will expire after July 1, 2020, and you do not have sufficient PD, your certificates or the coursework to renew or advance your license or authorization, you should wait to submit an application, as you may be able to fulfill the necessary requirements and submit a complete application within the next couple months.
What about fingerprints?
Fingerprint-based background checks remain a requirement for CDE licensure and CBI-approved vendors continue to provide this essential service in most locations. Appointment times may be extended to allow for cleaning, gloving/re-gloving and physical distancing purposes. Please visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/fingerprints for more information. Be sure to select the dark blue “CDE Licensure” icon to arrange your appointment!
The Educator Talent FAQs are updated frequently and provide more information about accommodations and guidance regarding Educator Preparation, Educator Effectiveness, Educator Development and Educator Licensure and Enforcement during COVID-19.