Educator preparation program approval and re-authorization for institutions of higher education is an evaluation process that determines if an endorsement program meets state standards defined in statute, Colorado State Board of Education rules and department policy and guidance. The process is carried out collaboratively by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and CDE and includes initial approval and re-authorization not more than once every five years. Initial approval and re-authorization are required for any institution offering educator preparation programs leading to endorsement in Colorado, including public and private entities.
Alternative teacher preparation programs offered via designated agencies must also meet standards defined in statute, rules and policy. The approval process is carried out solely by the Colorado Department of Education and includes initial authorization and re-authorization not more than once every five years.
Pursuant to Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) 23-1-121, if the state board of education recommends that a program's content not be approved, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education must follow this recommendation by refusing initial approval or placing the program on probation. (See C.R.S. 23-1-121 (PDF) and C.R.S. 22-2-109 (PDF).)