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Educator Preparation Programs Report

Interactive dashboard enables analysis of Educator Preparation Programs


The Colorado Educator Preparation Programs Report (EPP Report) provides information about the effectiveness of programs that train teachers, principals and special service providers in our state. Historically, the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) prepared and released this report. Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, and as required by a statutory change, C.R.S. 22-2-112(1)(q), an expanded version of the EPP Report featuring an interactive dashboard will be released by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), in collaboration with CDHE, with additional metrics that track new teachers in Colorado's workforce.

The new expanded version of the report will continue to feature information about traditional educator preparation programs, which include public and private university programs authorized and overseen by the Colorado Commission of Higher Education, Colorado State Board of Education, CDHE and CDE. Data about alternative educator preparation programs are also included. These programs serve educator candidates who already hold a bachelor's degree but still need coursework and training in education and are under the sole authority of the Colorado State Board of Education and CDE. The statutory change required that the EPP Report feature new metrics that include employment in Colorado public schools, on-the-job performance and retention of new teachers. For this year’s EPP Report, student academic growth data were not available, but they will be included in future releases.

Educator Preparation Programs Report

Detailed information about educator preparation program enrollment and completion as well as employment, employment context, performance and retention of new teachers in Colorado for 2014-15 to 2018-19 academic years, varying by metric, is available in the interactive dashboard. The interactive dashboard is not intended to be used on a mobile device. Downloadable Excel files are also available for:

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View a summary of the March 2020 Executive Summary to the EPP Report for detailed information about the rationale for the expanded scope of the report and important findings. 

Report highlights

An updated March 2021 Executive Summary to the EPP Report is available here.  Highlights from the summary report are available below: 

  • Overall enrollment in Colorado educator preparation programs increased by 9.1% during the past four years from 11,297 in 2015-16 to 12,333 in 2018-19.
  • Colorado’s pool of educators-in-training continues to be predominately white and female. The total number of enrollees across Colorado, identifying as Hispanic has increased from 13.6% (1,541) to 16.5% (2,032) from 2015-16 to 2018-19; teacher candidates are predominately non-Hispanic whites.
  • Creditably, alternative licensure programs are attracting a relatively high proportion of male candidates: approximately one out of three, or 34.3%, for the 2018-19 academic year, alternative licensure candidates are male compared to 22.8% of traditional route candidates.
  • In the statewide teacher shortage areas of secondary mathematics, secondary science and K-12 special education generalist, the number of completers has increased substantially in special education and remained about the same in mathematics and science during the past four years. In 2015-16, there were 597 completers in these endorsement areas; and in 2018-19, there were 707 representing an overall increase of 18.4%. In K-12 special education generalist, completers have increased from 223 to 337 (51.1%) during this period. Overall, completion in educator programs increased from 3,163 in 2015-16 to 3,401 in 2018-19, representing an increase of 7.5%.
  • The in-state placement rate of new teachers was 65.8% for the 2018-19 cohort, which is an increase of 2 to 8 percentage points over each of the prior three cohorts. Please note that the in-state placement rate only includes those hired at a Colorado public school.
  • During the past four years, the largest employers of the statewide cohorts have been Denver Public Schools, Jefferson County Public Schools, Douglas County School District, Aurora Public Schools, and Adams 12 Five Star Schools. In the 2018-19 cohort - the most recent data available - these five districts hired at least two of every 10 (22.6%) new teachers finishing at Colorado Educator Preparation Programs.
  • In the most recent cohort, 2018-19, over a third of these new teachers were employed in schools with high levels of poverty (31.5%), high proportions of minority students (35.0%) and/or high proportions of English-language learners (33.1%).
  • The vast majority of the 2017-18 cohort received an overall performance rating of either Effective (54.0%) or Highly Effective (9.4%) -- the top two ratings.
  • For the 2015-16 cohort, three years of retention data are available for reporting. In this cohort’s second year of teaching, 2017-18, seven out of 10 (71%) teachers continued to teach in the same school, eight out of 10 (79%) continued to teach in the same district and nine out of 10 (87%) continued to teach in the Colorado public school system. In this cohort’s third year of teaching, 2018-19, 54% of the cohort continued to teach in the same school, another 9% continued to teach in the same district but in a different school and another 14% taught elsewhere in Colorado’s public schools. An additional 2% who had left the teaching workforce in the prior year returned to it. In this cohort’s fourth year of teaching, 2019-20, 42% were still teaching in the same school and an additional 9% were still teaching in the same district. Another 17% were teaching elsewhere in Colorado’s public schools and 5% who had left the teaching workforce returned to it. 

To view Educator Preparation Reports from previous years, visit the CDHE's Reports & Publications website and filter by Educator Preparation category

Note: A modification was made to the EPP Report issued in December 2020. This modification corrects an issue which was causing an undercount in the New Teacher Employment dashboard for new teacher placements, grade levels taught and subjects taught. Additional minor adjustments were made to in-field and out-of-field status, gender and race/ethnicity counts in that report. In April 2021, a modification was made to the state and agency type enrollment and completer headcounts to ensure individuals are counted one time at each level.  These issues in historic data have been corrected in the refreshed data available in the interactive EPP Report.