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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 may 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?

Many PRAXIS exams are available via ETS's PRAXIS at Home, a service which provides individuals access to the nation's 70+ most administered exams in the comfort of home (including 24 of those approved by the Colorado State Board of Education). The accommodations described in the grid below apply only to individuals whose exams are not available via PRAXIS at Home (for ex., world language exams) or if their center-based exam is cancelled. These and other exams will remain available to in-person testing when centers are open. (Check to see if a Prometric test center is open near you!) 

Educators From Outside Colorado (presently provided for in statute)

First, check the ETS PRAXIS at Home webpage to see if the exam(s) you need to take are offered. If not:

  • 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 available 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)

  • The accommodations described in the grid below apply only to individuals whose exams are not available via PRAXIS at Home (for ex., world language exams) or if their center-based exam is cancelled. Check the ETS PRAXIS at Home webpage to see if the exam(s) you need to take are offered. If not, recent Colorado graduates, 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:

If you hold ...

You should ...

How will this help?

BA or higher degree, teacher/principal/administrator preparation program and student teaching/field experience

Apply for an initial license.

  1. CDE will keep your application open through Nov. 30, 2020 (or until you are able to take the exam, whichever is sooner),* which will allow you time to take the requisite exam(s) and upload the score report(s) to your application.
  2. Districts will be able to verify your background checks, your submitted application and that it is pending fulfillment of the exam requirement.
  3. CDE will be able to begin to investigate/clear backgrounds, if necessary.
  4. Upon receipt of the score report, CDE will issue a license (or educational interpreter authorization) effective the date you provide the test score report.
  5. Fulfilling this requirement by Nov. 30, 2020, will allow you to be considered in-field for December 2020 reporting purposes.

*This provision applies to in-state candidates who are only missing test scores. Applications submitted with other or additional deficiencies may be determined to be incomplete and may not be granted this extension.Extension date subject to change due to COVID-19-related circumstances.

 

BA or MA degree (based on specialty), approved SSP preparation program and DORA license (if required)

Interim authorization #2 or Interim authorization / school counselor

Emergency authorization #2

TEE authorization #3

Emergency educational interpreter authorization #3

Apply for an educational interpreter authorization.

BA or higher degree and want to participate in alternative teacher preparation

Apply for an alternative teacher license (must include a completed Statement of Assurance)

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. (At present, you will need to register for the exam through both your PRAXIS account as well as a separate ProctorU account. ETS is working to consolidate the registration later this year.)

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?

If you hold ...

You should ...

How will this help?

A professional teacher, SSP, principal or administrator license; or SLPA or educational interpreter authorization

Submit an application to renew the appropriate credential prior to its expiration.

  1. State statute (CRS 22-4-104(7)) stipulates that if an application to renew a credential is submitted prior to the present credential's expiration date, the present credential remains valid until CDE acts on the renewal application.
  2. CDE will hold open your application for 90 days, allowing you time to complete additional PD, obtain or retrieve certificates, etc., and upload that information to your application.
  3. Upon receipt, CDE will issue your credential.
  4. Districts will be able to verify your pending application.

Initial teacher, SSP, principal or administrator license and have completed an appropriate induction program

Apply to advance to a professional license.

  1. CDE will hold open your application for 90 days, allowing you time to obtain or retrieve your certificate(s) of completion and upload that information to your application.
  2. Upon receipt, CDE will issue your credential.
  3. Districts will be able to verify your pending application.

Initial CTE authorization

Apply to advance to a professional CTE authorization.

 

Other Scenarios

If you hold ...

You should ...

How will this help?

Interim authorization #1

Apply to renew the applicable authorization.

  1. State statute permits an interim or emergency authorization to be renewed once and a TEE or emergency educational interpreter authorization to be renewed up to twice (with documented evidence of advancement toward meeting the requirements for the full license or authorization).
  2. Renewing the credential will allow you to serve in that position for yet another year while also providing you time to prepare for and take the requisite exam.

Emergency authorization #1

TEE authorization #1 or #2

Emergency educational interpreter authorization #1 or #2

Initial teacher, SSP, principal or administrator license #2 (or higher) and have not completed an appropriate induction program

Apply to renew the initial license.

  1. Statute allows for CDE to renew an initial license more than once if the license-holder has not been able to complete an appropriate induction program. (COVID-19 is a perfectly good reason for not having been able to do so!)
  2. Renewing the license will allow you to serve (or be eligible to serve) as a teacher, SSP, principal or administrator for another three years and complete an appropriate induction program (if you are employed in that role).

An expired professional license, or SLPA or educational interpreter authorization.

Apply to renew your professional license or authorization ASAP.

While CDE will not be able to process your application until all information has been received -- nor will we be able to backdate your credential at the time of issuance -- districts will be able to verify your pending application.

 

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!

 

Stay in the Know!

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.