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Teachers from Out-of-State/Out-of-Country
Preparing to Apply
Am I in the Right Place?
This checklist is for out-of-state/out-of-country applicants applying for their first Colorado teacher license (a substitute or other authorization is not considered a teacher license in this instance).
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- You must hold a valid social security number (SSN), issued by the US Social Security Administration (https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber) in order to apply.
- Check to see if you meet Colorado Endorsement Requirements. Don't see your endorsement listed? Read our Out-of-State/Out-of-Country FAQ.
- You will need electronic copies of all documentation.
- Allow ample time to request any third-party transcripts or other documentation.
Base Application Fee:
1, 3 or 5 years from date of issue depending on qualifications
- Submit fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
- If you have submitted fingerprints for CDE credentialing in the past, but allowed all Colorado credentials to lapse, you must submit a new set of fingerprints to CBI.
- Confirm you have a valid form of government-issued identification.
You will need to include the following documentation in your application:
- A copy of an official transcript for every college/university attended.
- At a minimum, a copy of an official degree-conferred transcript from a regionally accredited college or university that demonstrates both a bachelor's or higher degree and completion of an approved teacher preparation program.
- Unofficial transcripts are never accepted. Please do not include them in your application.
- Transcripts from institutions outside the US must be in English or include an authentic English translation and be accompanied by a NACES member organization course-by-course equivalency report.
- Three or more years of full-time, fully licensed post-preparation teaching experience (not as a substitute, alternative, emergency, provisional, probationary, temporary or international teacher) within the past seven years in the content area(s) requested in the state of licensure OR an Approved Program Verification Form completed by the registrar or certification officer at the college/university at which you completed your program.
- Out-of-state applicants who completed an alternative preparation program and who have not yet accrued the three years' fully licensed experience post-preparation must also include an official, signed letter from the department of education in the state in which you completed the alternative program confirming that the program you completed was indeed state-approved. It must also outline the program requirements for the alternative program you completed.
- Score reports for any Colorado State Board of Education-approved exams passed. (Contact PLACE, PRAXIS and NES exam administrators)
- Do not include results for exams other than those specifically accepted by the state of Colorado.
- If you have not taken any of the exams listed, please do not select an exam in the pull-down menu. CDE will review your application materials to determine whether an exam is required.
- Our Credentialing Guide for Out-of-State Applicants provides clarification on what to expect from the licensure evaluation process.
You will need to include all prior work experience:
- Your employment history will help determine the type of Colorado license you will be issued. It is critical that you include the information below:
- Copies of all active and expired teaching licenses covering the years of experience you have had as an educator.
- All employment history, including employer/business name, dates of employment, reason for leaving, work addresses, supervisor names and contact information.
You are required to self-disclose and include documentation on any of the following:
- Past criminal history
- Disciplinary actions
- Any issues related to licensure or employment
Once you have gathered all required documentation and have reviewed the rules governing the licensure process, you are ready to complete and submit a TEACHER application.
- An application is deemed complete when CDE has received all required information, documentation and fees.
- By submitting an application, you are verifying that the application is complete, that all requested documentation has been provided and that all questions within have been answered truthfully.
- CDE will contact you within 45 days of receipt of your application should additional information be required to complete and evaluate your application. You then will have 60 days in order to submit the information, request consideration or withdraw your application, or the application will expire and you will need to reapply.
- If we do not receive your background checks within 60 days of your application, your application will expire and you will need to reapply.
- State statute prohibits the refunding of any application evaluation fee.
- Once you have submitted an application, check your status online regularly for notifications, updates and/or to print a copy of your certificate.
Questions? Email CDELicensing@cde.state.co.us or call 303-866-6628.