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New Licensing System Has Launched

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Brand-New Alternative Teacher Application

Beginning July 1, candidates seeking an alternative teacher license or an interim authorization specifically for alternative preparation may do so via a new Alternative Teacher application!  Employment as a teacher and enrollment in a Colorado-approved alternative teacher program is required. Please visit this web page for more information about alternative teacher preparation or go to the application checklist a list of all requirements and to apply!

 

 

A Note to Our Applicants

Dear Educator --

So that you can help us help you receive the credential requested as quickly as possible, we offer the following tips:

  • To check the status of your application and/or background checks, log in to your COOL account. The status of your application will be shown on your dashboard. ("Submitted" means that we have not yet had the opportunity to evaluate your application and "Under Review" means that it is in the process of being evaluated.)
  • To check the status of your background checks, log in to COOL and select "My Profile."

Please help us to issue as many credentials as possible by calling or emailing only with questions or concerns that are not about background notifications or status checks.

Thank you!

The Educator Talent Licensure Consultants

 

WELCOME TO COOL!

the New Colorado Online Licensure & Submission System

 

New COOL System Launch

CDE's Educator Talent Division laucned the first phase of COOL, our new Colorado Online Licensing and submission system, in spring 2021. Designed with the educator in mind, this first phase offers each educator a streamlined application experience and process. It also includes increased options for district human resources personnel and improved features for Colorado's educator preparation programs.

 

Educators (those who wish to apply for/renew a license or authorization)

First and Foremost:

  1. Review the application checklist that corresponds to the license/authorization you seek. Each checklist outlines all that you will need to do and all information that you will need to provide to ensure that any application you submit is completed in its entirety. This will help to both expedite the evaluation of the application and, upon determination of qualification, the issuance of a credential.
  2. Then, review the application evaluation process for updated background check requirements and an understanding of what you can expect.

Please do not skip these steps. Unfortunately, some educators who did ended up submitting incorrect applications or missed submission dates, which resulted in great frustration and their need to submit fingerprints for a current background check and different applications.

Next:

Log In

  1. If you had an account in the former system, you can log in to COOL with your same user ID and password. (Note: Passwords in COOL must satisfy certain requirements. If your present password does not, you will be asked to update it.) 
  2. If you did not have a prior account, simply register an account in COOL.

Then:

  1. Upon log in, you will arrive at your dashboard, where any active credentials held will be listed along with options for advancing or renewing those credentials. (Prior/expired credentials will be found in your profile and in the "credentials" link beneath the "expired" tab.)
    • Want a copy of your credential(s)? Select the "Print Certificate" button in the upper right corner of the credential section. Note: All active credentials held now are reflected on a single certificate.
  2. Select "My Profile" in the horizontal bar above your account name to verify and update your personal, educational and work experience information. Doing so will pre-populate subsequent applications (streamlining the application process that much more), though any information submitted in an application submitted in COOL also will update your profile.
    • Want to update/change your name? A brief application is available from your profile.
    • Be sure to confirm the email address on file is a personal (not district) one, as this is where any notifications pertaining to your account, application(s) or credential(s) will be sent.
      • The last thing educators think about when changing districts is updating the email address in their licensure account! (And for good reason! You have much better things to think about!!) Having a former district email account on file only results in frustration.
      • Too, many district firewalls block no-reply notifications sent from the system (such as user ID and password resets), resulting in even more frustration.
  3. Select "Dashboard" in the horizontal bar above your account name to return to your dashboard.
    • To act on a credential already held (to advance or renew it, for example), simply choose the appropriate button in the credential details section to be taken to the corresponding application.
    • Or, select the "Apply for License" button to choose an application for another credential.
    • For most credentials, if you already hold one (an initial principal license, for example), you will not be able to select that application. You may, however select "renew/advance" to either renew that initial license or to upload an induction certificate and apply to receive a professional principal license.
  • Important Note: If the option you need is not presently available in your credential details, do not submit an different application. Instead, submit a support ticket so that this issue can be addressed directly.
  1. To provide information to complete a pending application submitted in the COOL system:
    • Log in to COOL, and select the "Details" button in the "Attention Required" section for a brief note from the evaluator of your application.
      • Select "respond" and then "browse" to locate your document(s) and upload the requested information. (Repeat this step to upload more than one document.)
      • Add a comment if you wish and select the "submit response" button at the bottom of the form.
      • Upon submission, your application will return to its assigned evaluator for review of the submitted information.

More information can be found in your account via the icon at the top right (these sections to be enhanced in the days and weeks ahead), as well as within the icons embedded in each application. For more information about specific credentials, please review the associated checklist, which has been updated to better assist you.

We're Here to Help:

For technical assistance and support -- such as user IDs, passwords and access to applications you cannot access -- contact 877.314.1412 or submit an online support form.

Inquiries related to alternative educator preparation, license/endorsement requirements and the like are best answered when submitted to CDE's Educator Licensing office via email (so that we can research and respond to your specific requests and concerns). Have a quick question? Candidates/applicants also may call 303.866.6628, Monday and Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., to speak with a consultant (please anticipate increased wait times).


District Human Resources Personnel

  1. If you had access in the former system, you may log in to COOL with your same user ID and password. (Please note: Passwords in COOL must satisfy certain requirements. If your present password does not, you will be asked to update it.) 
  2. If you did not have a prior account - or if you recently had a birthday and your access expired - apply for access by selecting the "Non-Educator" link in the footer of the log in page and completing the "User Access" application (do not select "create an account" near the user ID and password fields). Upon review and verification, CDE will create your account and notify you when it has been established.

Watch this brief District Access to COOL tutorial for quick demonstration on applying for access, accessing the information you need and discovering other features you may find useful! (Browser issues? Try Chrome or Edge.)


Colorado Educator Preparation Program Administrators

  1. If you had access in the former system, you may log in to COOL with your same user ID and password. (Please note: Passwords in COOL must satisfy certain requirements. If your present password does not, you will be asked to update it.) 
  2. If you did not have a prior account - or if you recently had a birthday and your access expired - apply for access by selecting the "Non-Educator" link in the footer of the log in page and completing the "User Access" application (do not select "create an account" near the user ID and password fields). Upon review and verification, CDE will create your account and notify you when it has been established.

Watch this brief EPP Access to COOL tutorial for quick demonstration on applying for access, accessing student background reports and discovering other features you may find useful! (Browser issues? Try Chrome or Edge.)


For technical assistance, complete this online support form or call 877.314.1412.

Check Back for Updated Information!

Launching and using a new system is sure to bring its challenges! Please check this page frequently, as any additional information about new features and "helps" will be posted here!