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Career and Technical (CTE) Authorization

The Initial 3-year CTE Authorization and the Professional 5-year CTE Authorization qualify the applicant to provide Career and Technical Education services to secondary students in Colorado public schools.



An Initial CTE Authorization is valid for three years and is issued in conjunction with one or more specific requirements that must be completed in order to qualify for a Professional CTE Authorization. A letter will be sent to the applicant, via email, outlining the remaining requirements for the particular CTE credential.

The 3-year CTE Authorization is non-renewable. To move from the 3-year authorization to a 5-year authorization, the applicant must complete the assigned coursework/experience and submit a CTE: Initial to Professional application.



The Professional CTE Authorization is issued for five years. Renewal of the 5-year CTE Authorization requires the combined equivalent of 6 semester hours or 90 contact/clock hours of related renewal credit. A combination of college credit, professional development, and in-service workshops earned no more than 5 years prior to the submission date of the CTE: Renewal/Reinstatement application will be accepted with proper documentation.



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