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Licensure and Qualifications

Advancing the profession

The Colorado Department of Education issues initial and professional teacher and administrator licenses, alternative licenses, substitute authorizations, content area endorsements and other professional authorizations.

CDE’s educator licensure system keeps record of more than 130,000 licensed educators — with more than 40,000 new and renewing licensure applications processed each year.

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Colorado strives to advance the education profession by ensuring that individual educators and paraprofessionals are professionally licensed and highly qualified according to federal requirements. CDE also provides incentives to encourage educators to pursue national board certification.