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Endorsement Requirements

Colorado Endorsements

Please note: The information on this page pertains to endorsements only. Applicants must also meet all other requirements to obtain a license. Please refer to general licensure requirements for more details about what is needed for a Colorado educator license.

Colorado endorsements are issued based on the competency requirements set forth by the Colorado Educator Licensing Act of 1991 and the Rules of Regulations associated with those statutes.

  • Rule 7.03(4) states that applicants will have a maximum of five years from the discontinuation date of a content assessment to use the successful content assessment scores for fulfillment of endorsement criteria (discontinued endorsements excepted). A chart of all previous content exams is listed above.

For Grades 7-12 endorsements, Early Childhood Education and some K-12 endorsements:

You may meet competency requirements by:

  • completing an approved program at a regionally accredited institution of higher education (which leads to licensure or endorsement in that state) OR by
  • completing at least 24 hours of relevant college coursework (as determined by transcript review via the worksheets hyperlinked below); OR by
  • passing the appropriate Colorado State Board of Education-approved content exam.

For All Other Endorsements:

To apply, click the button at the bottom of the page.

Endorsements Earned Via Degree, Approved Program, Specific Coursework or Content Exam

The following endorsements may be earned in one of four ways:

1. an earned bachelor's or higher degree in the content area from a regionally accredited college/university (or the equivalent as determined by a NACES member organization)

2. completion of an approved program in the content area (which leads to licensure or endorsement in the state in which it is approved)

3. 24 semester hours of specific coursework as outlined in the worksheet provided

4. receiving a passing score on a Colorado-approved content exam.

Please note*: The worksheets linked below are for use by candidates seeking to add an endorsement to an existing Colorado teaching license and who HAVE NOT completed an approved program in the endorsement area sought. The corresponding rule for each endorsement is listed and linked next to each endorsement name.

The Colorado State Board of Education approved the adoption of Praxis exams for most Colorado endorsement areas, effective June 9, 2016. View the list of all previous versions of Colorado approved content assessments and discontinuance dates.

Endorsement Worksheet - Rules for endorsement

Accepted PLACE Exam

All PLACE Exam Passing Scores: 220
*** The last PLACE administration was on May 6, 2017; scores will be accepted until May 6, 2022 for active endorsements  (this section only and subject to change).

Accepted Praxis Exam / Required Minimum Score

Agriculture and Natural Resources Education Grades 7-12 (PDF) - 4.03 (PDF)

40

5701 / Passing Score: 147

Business Grades 7-12 (PDF) - 4.05 (PDF)

34

5101 / Passing Score: 154

Business/Marketing Grades 7-12 (PDF) - 4.05 (PDF)

34 & 35

 

5101 & 5561 / Passing Scores: 154 & 157

Drama Theater Arts Grades K-12 (PDF) - 4.07 (PDF)

30

5641 / Passing Score: 153

Early Childhood Education Ages 0-8 (PDF) - 4.01 (PDF)

02

5024 / Passing Score: 160

English Language Arts Grades 7-12 (PDF) - 4.09 (PDF)

07

5038 / Passing Score: 167

Family and Consumer Sciences Grades 7-12 (PDF) - 4.12 (PDF)

36

5122 / Passing Score: 153

Health Grades K-12 (PDF) - 4.11 (PDF)

31

5551 / Passing Score: 155

Instructional Technology Grades K-12 (PDF) - 4.08 (PDF)

51

effective 9/1/2018: 5652 / Passing Score: 149

or

5651* / Passing Score: 166

*If taken prior to 8/31/2018; will be accepted through 8/31/2023.

Marketing Grades 7-12 (PDF) - 4.05 (PDF)

35

5561 / Passing Score: 157

Mathematics

     Middle School Grades 6-8 - 4.24 (PDF) available 9/1/18

     Secondary Grades 7-12 (PDF) - 4.14 (PDF)

 

n/a

04

 

effective 9/1/2018: 5169 / Passing Score: 165

5161 / Passing Score: 152

Music Grades K-12 (PDF) - 4.15 (PDF)

29

5113 / Passing Score: 161

Physical Education Grades K-12 (PDF) - 4.16 (PDF)

32

5091 / Passing Score: 148

Science Grades 7-12 (PDF) - 4.17 (PDF)

05

5435 / Passing Score: 152

Social Studies Grades 7-12 (PDF) - 4.18 (PDF)

06

5081 / Passing Score:150

Speech Grades 7-12 (PDF) - 4.19 (PDF)

19

5221 / Passing Score: 146

Technology Education Grades 7-12 (PDF) - 4.13 (PDF)

37

5051 / Passing Score: 159

Visual Arts Grades K-12 (PDF) - 4.04 (PDF)

28

5135 / Passing Score: 158

World Languages Grades K-12 (PDF) - 4.10 (PDF) (American Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish)

  • French 08
  • German 10
  • Italian 11
  • Japanese 15
  • Latin 12
  • Mandarin Chinese: NES
  • Russian 14
  • Spanish 09

**There is no PLACE exam for American Sign Language.**

 

  • French 5174  / Passing Score162
  • German 5183  / Passing Score 163
  • Latin 5601 / Passing Score 152
  • Mandarin Chinese 5665 / Passing Score 164
  • Spanish 5195 / Passing Score163
  • Praxis exams presently are not available for ASL, Japanese, Italian or Russian. These endorsements can be added via approved program or 24 semester hours of specific coursework outlined in the worksheet to the left.

 


Endorsements with Additional Requirements

Endorsement Requirements

Elementary Education Grades K-6 (PDF) - 4.02 (PDF)

  • Colorado-approved content exam always required.
    • PLACE 01 with a passing score of 220 OR
    • Praxis 5018 with a passing score of 163 (if taken between 9/1/2014 and 8/31/2016) OR
    • Praxis 5001 with the below passing scores for each sub-test
      • Reading (5002) 157
      • Math (5003) 157
      • Social Studies (5004) 155
      • Science (5005) 159
  • Initial license requires degree, approved program and exam.
  • May be added to an existing Colorado teacher license via content exam only.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Grades K-12 (PDF) - 4.22 (PDF)

  • No content exam available
  • This endorsement does not stand alone and only may be added to an existing teacher license.
  • May be earned through completion of a Colorado-approved program or via  24 semester hours of specific coursework completed at a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Bilingual Education Specialist Grades K-12 (PDF) - 4.23 (PDF)

  • No content exam available
  • This endorsement does not stand alone and only may be added to an existing teacher license.
  • May be earned through completion of Colorado-approved program OR by meeting the coursework requirements for a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse endorsement (see worksheet in previous section, above) AND by meeting the competency requirements as outlined on the CLD Bilingual worksheet (at left).

Dance Grades K-12 (PDF) - 4.20 (PDF)

  • No content exam available.
  • May be added through 24 credit hours, degree or an approved program from a regionally accredited institution only.

Gifted Education Core Ages PreK-12 (PDF) - 5.06 (PDF)

  • This endorsement does not stand alone and only may be added to an existing teacher license.
  • May be earned through the completion of an approved program from a regionally accredited institution for the preparation of gifted education educators including prescribed field experience and student teaching requirements, or by meeting the 24 credit hours of specific coursework requirements outlined in the Gifted Education worksheet at left.
  • Passing score of 157 or higher on the Praxis Gifted Education 5358 exam required.

Gifted Education Specialist Ages PreK-12 (PDF) - 5.07 (PDF)

  • This endorsement does not stand alone and only may be added to an existing teacher license with a Gifted Education Core endorsement.
  • Applicant must also hold a master’s degree in Gifted Education from an regionally accredited institution including prescribed field experience and student teaching requirements.

Instructional Technology Specialist Grades K-12 - 6.07 (PDF)

  • This endorsement does not stand alone and only may be added to an existing teacher license.
  • May be earned through completion of an approved program from a regionally accredited institution for instructional technology specialists that shall include a supervised practicum or internship as an instructional technology specialist.
  • Must already have three or more years of licensed teaching experience.

Reading Teacher Grades K-12 - 6.03 (PDF)

  • This endorsement does not stand alone and only may be added to an existing teacher license.
  • May be earned through completion of an approved graduate program from a regionally accredited institution that shall include a supervised practicum or internship as a reading teacher.
  • Must already have two or more years of licensed teaching experience.
  • Please note: Most out-of-state reading specialist programs fulfill the requirements for this endorsement. Determination of qualification for either the "reading teacher" or "reading specialist" endorsement will by made upon evaluation of application.

Reading Specialist Grades K-12 - 6.04 (PDF)

  • This endorsement does not stand alone and only may be added to an existing teacher license.
  • May be earned through completion of an approved graduate program from a regionally accredited institution for reading specialists that shall include a supervised practicum or internship as a reading specialist.
  • Must already have three or more years of licensed teaching experience.
  • Please note: Most out-of-state reading specialist programs do not fulfill the requirements for this endorsement. Determination of qualification for either the "reading teacher" or "reading specialist" endorsement will by made upon evaluation of application.

Teacher Librarian Grades K-12 - 6.02 (PDF)

  • This endorsement does not stand alone and only may be added to an existing teacher license.
  • May be earned through completion of an approved program from a regionally accredited institution in library science, media science or similar area, that shall include a supervised practicum or internship which includes both elementary and secondary school library experience.

Trade and Industry Grades 7-12 (PDF) - 4.21 (PDF)

  • No content exam available.
  • May be added through 24 credit hours or an approved program from a regionally accredited institution only.

Special Education Teacher Endorsements

Endorsement Requirements

Early Childhood Special Education Ages 0-8 - 5.09 (PDF)

  • Must have completed an approved program from a regionally accredited institution in early childhood special education that includes student teaching and practicum.

Early Childhood Special Education Specialist Ages 0-8 - 5.05 (PDF)

  • Must have completed an approved graduate-level degree or non-degree program from a regionally accredited institution in early childhood special education that includes field-based experience or practicum.

Special Education Generalist Ages 5-21 (PDF) - 5.08 (PDF)

  • Requires both Elementary Education and Special Education Generalist content exams.
    • Special Education Generalist PLACE 20 (taken after 9/1/2008) with a passing score of 220 OR Praxis #5354 with a passing score of 151.
    •  Elementary Education PLACE 01 with a passing score of 220 OR Praxis 5018 with a passing score of 163 (if taken between 9.1.2014 and 8.31.2016 ) OR Praxis 5001 with the passing scores for each sub-test:
      • Reading (5002) 157
      • Math (5003) 157
      • Social Studies (5004) 155
      • Science (5005) 159
  • Also requires completion of an approved program for the preparation of special education generalists from a regionally accredited college or university or 24 semester hours as determined by the CDE (worksheet available at left).

Special Education Specialist Ages 5-21 - 5.02 (PDF)

  • Must already hold a Colorado license with a Special Education Generalist endorsement.
  • Must also hold an earned master’s or higher degree in special education from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Must have completed an approved program from a regionally accredited institution for the preparation of special education specialists.

Special Education Specialist: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ages Birth-21 - 5.04 (PDF)

  • Must hold a master’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution in special education deaf/hard of hearing or its equivalent, as determined by the department.
  • Must have completed an approved program from a regionally accredited institution for special education specialists: deaf/hard of hearing that includes prescribed field experience requirements.

Special Education Specialist: Visually Impaired Ages Birth-21 - 5.03 (PDF)

  • Must hold a master’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution in special education visual impairment or its equivalent, as determined by the department.
  • Must have completed an approved program from a regionally accredited institution for special education specialists: visually impaired that includes prescribed field experience requirements.

Special Service Provider Endorsements

Endorsement Requirements Content Exam

School Audiologist Ages 0-21 - 7.01 (PDF)

  • AuD or PhD in audiology
  • Completion of an approved program from a regionally accredited institution in audiology
  • Practicum or internship in a school setting, equivalent to a minimum of 8 weeks, full time (320 hours) under the supervision of a professionally licensed or master's level licensed audiologist
  • Passage of the PRAXIS 5342 audiology exam

Praxis 5342

Passing Score: 170

School Counselor Ages 0-21 - 7.09 (PDF)

Pathway 1 (initial or professional SSP license/school counselor):

  • Master's or higher degree in School Counseling as defined by accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling or Related Educational Programs (view information about CACREP Accreditation)
  • Minimum of 100 clock-hour practicum
  • Minimum of 600 clock-hour internship, with multiple grade levels of students under the supervision of a licensed school counselor
  • Passing of the Colorado state approved content exam

effective 9/1/2018: Pathway 2 (interim authorization/school counselor) :

  • Master's or higher degree a clinical counseling domain (e.g., mental health, etc.)
  • Must hold a valid counseling license (LPC) issued by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
  • Must have three or more years' experience as a licensed clinical counselor

When issued, this interim authorization will be valid for one calendar year and may not be renewed. During that time, the authorized school counselor must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete an approved induction program for SSPs/school counselors
  • Pass the PRAXIS 5421 exam

Upon expiration of the interim license and fulfillment of the exam and induction requirements, the authorization-holder may apply for a professional SSP license with a school counselor endorsement.

PLACE 41

Passing Score: 220

OR

Praxis 5421

Passing Score: 156

 

School Nurse Ages 0-21 - 7.05 (PDF)

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution* OR three (3) or more years of licensed, practical experience as a nurse with school-aged children
  • Must hold a valid RN issued by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies or hold an RN in another state that is participating in the nurse licensing compact agreement
  • Successful completion of field experiences and a supervised practicum as prescribed by the preparing institution, including experiences with school-age children in a community health/public health or school setting.

*CCNE- and ACEN-accredited programs also accepted.

None

School Occupational Therapist Ages 0-21 - 11.02 (PDF)

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Successful completion of an American Occupational Therapy Association-accredited college or university program in occupational therapy
  • Successful completion of a practicum or internship as required by the school of occupational therapy attended, which may be held in a variety of settings
  • Must hold a valid occupational therapy license issued by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
  • Passing of the occupational therapy national registration examination administered by the national board for certification in occupational therapy

NBCOT

School Orientation and Mobility Specialist Ages 0-21 - 7.03 (PDF)

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completion of an approved preparation program from a regionally accredited institution for school orientation and mobility specialists
  • Completion of practicum or internship, which must be in a school setting and equivalent to a minimum of 320 hours, full time, under the supervision of an Academy of Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) licensed orientation and mobility specialist.
  • Passing of the ACVREP exam
  • Hold a current and valid ACVREP orientation and mobility certificate

ACVREP

School Physical Therapist Ages 0-21 - 7.04 (PDF)

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Successful completion of American Physical Therapy Association’s Commission on the Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education-accredited physical therapy program
  • Successful completion of practicum or internship, as required by the physical therapy program attended
  • Must hold a valid physical therapy license issued by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
 

School Psychologist Ages 0-21 - 7.06 (PDF)

  • Successful completion of an approved specialist-level program from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum of 60 graduate-level semester hours or an approved doctoral program for the preparation of school psychologists, serving children/students ages birth-21, at an accepted institution of higher education
  • Successful completion of practicum consisting of a sequence of closely supervised on-campus or field-based activities, designed to develop and evaluate a candidate’s mastery of distinct professional skills, consistent with program and/or course goals
  • Successful completion of internship consisting of a full-time experience over one year, or half-time over two years with a minimum of 1,200 clock hours, of which 600 must be in a school setting
  • The internship may include, beyond the 600 hours in the school setting, other acceptable internship experiences, including in private or state-approved educational programs or in other appropriate mental health or education-related programs.
  • Passing of the national school psychology exam OR hold a valid NCSP credential, issued by the national school psychology certification board

Praxis 5402

Passing Score: 147

OR

National Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) certification

School Social Worker Ages 0-21 - 7.07 (PDF)

  • Master’s or higher degree in social work from a regionally accredited institution
  • Documented evidence of completion of coursework in the areas of school and special education law, including content covering functional behavior assessment and the development of behavior intervention plans.
    • Out-of-state applicants: Please review this addendum to find out how you complete this coursework if you haven't already done so.
  • Successful completion of a supervised 900 clock-hour practicum in the field of social work, which shall have been completed in a school, social service agency, mental health clinic or facility and/or hospital setting
  • Successful completion of at least one field experience with school age children/students
  • Successful completion of Colorado-approved content exam

PLACE 47

Passing Score: 220

OR

ASWB

(Clinical only; Adv. Generalist only if taken prior to
Nov. 1, 2017)

School Speech-Language Pathologist Ages 0-21 - 7.08 (PDF)

  • Master’s or higher degree in communication disorders or speech-language pathology from a regionally accredited institution
  • Successful completion of an approved speech-language pathology program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in audiology and speech-language pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Practicum or internship, with children and students ages birth-21 in a school setting, equivalent to 8 weeks, full time (320 hours) under the supervision of a professionally licensed SLP
  • Successfully passed a state-approved exam

ASHA certification

OR

Praxis 5331

Passing Score: 162


Leadership Licenses

License Requirements Content Exam

Principal (This is a building-level leadership endorsement) - 3.03 (PDF)

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three years of licensed experience in a public or nonpublic elementary or secondary school
  • Completion of an approved program at a regionally accredited institution for the preparation of principals.
  • Passing of the Colorado-approved content exam

PLACE 80 Passing Score: 220

OR

Praxis 5411

Passing Score: 145

 

Administrator (This is a district-level leadership endorsement) - 6.08 (PDF)

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completion of an approved graduate program at a regionally accredited institution for the preparation of district-level administrators
  • Passing of the Colorado-approved content exam

PLACE 81

Passing Score: 220

OR

Praxis 5411

Passing Score: 145

Special Education Director - 6.05 (PDF)

  • Master’s or higher degree in special education from a regionally accredited institution or demonstrate knowledge and application of standards for the specialist (as determined by the department)
  • Completion of an approved program from a regionally accredited institution for the preparation of special education directors that includes a supervised field-based experience OR an approved program for district-level administrators and an approved master’s degree in special education
  • Minimum of two years of experience working with students with disabilities.

none

Gifted Education Director - 6.06 (PDF)

  • Master’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution in gifted education or demonstrate knowledge and application of standards for the specialist (as determined by the department)
  • Completion of an approved program from a regionally accredited institution for preparation of gifted education directors that includes a supervised field-based experience
  • Minimum of two years of experience working with students with exceptional academic and talent aptitude (gifted students)

none


Discontinued Endorsements

Endorsement Requirements

Linguistically Diverse Educator / Linguistically Diverse Bilingual Educator Grades K-12

  • These endorsements were discontinued on Dec. 31, 2012, and will only be issued upon renewal of an existing, valid Colorado teacher license.

School Librarian Grades K-12 (PDF)

  • This endorsement was discontinued on March 30, 2016, and only will be issued upon renewal of an existing, valid Colorado teacher license or if earned by completing a Colorado-approved program that was initiated in fall 2016.

Gifted & Talented Specialist (P-12)

  • This endorsement was discontinued on March 30, 2016, and was available for educators to add to an existing, valid license only through March 30, 2017. It only will be issued upon renewal of an existing, valid Colorado teacher license. Please see the "gifted education core" and "gifted education specialist" endorsements above for current requirements for gifted education endorsements.