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English Learner Requirements - Information for Local Education Providers

New English learner professional development requirement for teachers

To help better support students in Colorado who are English language learners, the State Board of Education adopted new rules in June 2018 requiring educators with elementary, math, science, social studies and English language arts endorsements to complete a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education training or professional development (PD). These teachers must complete the new licensing requirement:

  • Within their next five-year license renewal period
  • Only once over the course of their professional during the term of their license

In order to meet the new English Learner PD requirement, teachers must demonstrate completion of training or professional development activities equivalent to 45 clock/contact hours or three semester hours in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education. Teachers with previous CLD training, experience or professional development can count it towards meeting the new English Learner PD requirement.

The earliest licensed teachers will be required to add this new designation to their license is September 2023. To view all the CLD requirements and available options for teachers visit the English Learner PD Requirement - Information for Educators webpage.

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Districts, BOCES and charter school authorized by the Charter School Institute (CSI) with an average English learner population of two percent or fewer over a three year period will have a waiver option available for educators. The waiver can be requested by the district superintendent or principal of a CSI authorized charter school. More detailed information will be made available regarding this waiver process at a later date.

CDE Approved English Learner Professional Development Programs

Districts, BOCES, charter schools and PD providers can support teachers in meeting the new English Learner PD requirement by seeking approval from CDE to offer a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education training program. The steps below outline the process to gain approval as an English Learner Professional Development Program. A quick informational webinar regarding English Learner Professional Development Pathways recorded on July 31, 2018, is also available.

1. Complete the English Learner PD Standards Matrix

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2. Submit the CDE Approved English Learner PD Program Application

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4. Renew program approval with CDE every 3 years

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Renewal application link will be available at a later date.

District-, BOCES-operated ed prep programs

District and BOCES operating educator preparation programs can get information about general requirements and timeline for implementing the new English Learner PD in their programs by visiting the English Learner Requirements for Educator Preparation Programs webpage.

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