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Teacher License (and Authorization) Requirements

Whether you are seeking to complete a Colorado teacher preparation program or want to renew, advance or add
an endorsement to your Colorado teaching credential, this page is for you.

Are you a first-time applicant who completed a program outside Colorado? Go to the Out-of-State webpage.

Content Area/Endorsement Requirements

General requirements are listed below; endorsement requirements via the button above.

 

Need to Complete Teacher Preparation?

Select the credential type for the application checklist for complete details on how to apply.

Alternative Teacher (1 or 2 years, depending on program)

  • district-specific;
  • bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited college/university;
  • demonstration of content knowledge;
  • teaching position in the requested content area; and
  • enrollment in a Colorado-approved alternative preparation program

What is alternative teacher preparation?

 

Interim Authorization for alternative teacher preparation (1 year)

  • district-specific;
  • bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited college/university;
  • teaching position in the requested content area; and
  • enrollment in a Colorado-approved alternative preparation program
  • may be renewed once to complete a two-year program; and
  • must demonstrate content knowledge to complete program

Temporary Educator Eligibility (TEE) (1 year)

  • for Special Education and Special Services areas only;
  • district-specific;
  • bachelor’s or higher degree* (in any area); and
  • enrollment in a traditional preparation program for ECSE, special education generalists or director of special education OR a special services area
  • may be renewed up to twice with ongoing progress toward meeting full licensure requirements

Renew TEE

Teacher of Record (2-years)

  • district-specific;
  • enrolled in a bachelor's degree program for teacher preparation at a Colorado college/university only;
    • this option is not available for individuals enrolled in out-of-state preparation programs (including online programs)
  • 36 or fewer semester hours of coursework remaining to complete program;
  • demonstration of content knowledge via the approved PRAXIS exam;
  • a TOR plan created in cooperation with the district and preparation program (more information and plan template); and
  • teaching position in the content area
  • may be renewed only due to unforeseen circumstances (must be approved by CDE)

 

 

Return to Educator Licensure

Have Completed Teacher Preparation?

Select the credential type for the application checklist for complete details on how to apply.

Advance an Alternative Teacher License or Interim Authorization

Initial Teacher License

  • bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited college/university;
  • approved program verification form completed by your teacher preparation program;
  • demonstration of content knowledge

Initial Teacher License Renewal

Advance Initial Teacher License to a Professional License

Renew a Professional Teacher License

  • 90 contact hours (six (6) semester hours) of applicable professional development activities
    • valid license-holders: applicable activities must have been completed within the seven years of your active license
    • expired license-holders (or for those whose hold reactivated licenses): applicable activities must have been completed within the 7 years immediately preceding the submission date of your renewal application

Enhancements

 

Add an Endorsement

Add a Master Certificate

  • valid Colorado professional license
  • valid National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification

Add a Designation

 

 

 

 

For questions, submit a Licensing Support Request form or call 720-739-3304 (7:30 am to 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday).