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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:
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?
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.