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IHEs: Educator Preparation Program Authorization, Reauthorization and Adding an Endorsement

Welcome! If you’re reading this, then you’re interested in either:

  • Developing an educator preparation program at an Institute of Higher Education (IHE),
  • Participating in the Reauthorization Process of an existing program at an IHE or
  • Adding an endorsement to an existing program at an IHE.

On this page, you'll find a brief overview of the three processes. If you are looking to review a list of Educator Preparation Programs in Colorado, you can find that information in our Searchable Database.


Completion of preparation programs at IHEs lead to an array of licensure endorsement possibilities for candidates. The Colorado Department of education (CDE) and the Department of Higher Education (DHE) both play a role in the authorization and reauthorization processes of IHE-based licensure programs.

If you have questions pertaining to degree requirements or if you are looking for information on becoming a new Institute of Higher Education in Colorado, please contact DHE. This information applies only to IHEs looking to create traditional educator preparation programs or IHEs that have existing traditional educator preparation programs that wish to add a new endorsement to a program. Example of programs and endorsements include Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD), Math, Science, Gifted Education, Special Service Professionals (SSP), and so on.

Traditional preparation programs offered through IHEs provide a pathway for developing educators in Colorado. IHEs that offer traditional educator preparation programs are charged with preparing the breadth and depth of licensed personnel who serve Colorado’s children. Each IHE has a unique teaching and learning mission that guides the way that they serve educator candidates across the state.


  • Educator Preparation Program Reports

    • ​​​The Educator Preparation Programs Report, featuring an interactive dashboard, is available with information about the effectiveness of Colorado programs training teachers, principals and special services providers, as well as information about new teachers entering the workforce.

CDE's Requirements for Initial Authorization of an IHE

  • Review guidance document coming soon. This is for brand new educator preparation programs who are going through initial authorization
  • Submit Documentation per directions in the IHE authorization guidance document

Authorization Submission Timeline

Event Type
Application/Matrices Submission Timeline
Review of Submission Occurs
Initial Program Authorization
June 1 - November 30

CDE's Requirements for Reauthorization of an IHE

Reauthorization Matrices Submission Timeline

Event Type
Application/Matrices Submission Timeline
Review of Submission Occurs
Reauthorization visits scheduled for September, October, November, and December
June 30
Reauthorization visits scheduled for January, February, March, April, and May
October 31



CDE's Requirements for Adding an Endorsement to an existing IHE

Adding an Endorsement Submission Timeline

Event Type
Application/Matrices Submission Timeline
Review of Submission Occurs
Authorization of Adding an Endorsement Program
June 1 - November 30
mid-February to mid-March