The Professional Services & Educator Licensing Unit ensures the implementation of current policies, procedures and state statutes as they apply to authorizing educator preparation programs and providing licenses and authorizations to educators in Colorado. In addition to reviewing both traditional and alternative educator preparation routes in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Higher Education, the office evaluates more than 20 different application types, processing upwards of 37,500 applications each year.
The office also works in cooperation with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to ensure all applicants for licensure submit fingerprints and undergo a comprehensive background check based on these fingerprints. Office staff assist in gathering and reviewing information on those individuals whose backgrounds reveal misdemeanor or felony charges, preparing charges and reports when necessary for review by the attorney general’s office and/or the State Board of Education.
Address: 6000 E. Evans Ave., Building #2, Suite 100, Denver, CO 80222
Unit Supervisor: Executive Director Dr. Colleen O'Neil
Administrative Lead: Tanya Klein
Lead Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lead Phone Number: 303-866-6628
- Provide customer service to individuals seeking teacher, administrator and alternative educator licenses, substitute authorizations and content area endorsements, Customer Support (303-866-6628)
- Evaluate applications and accompanying documents to ensure qualifications are met for licensure, Customer Support (303-866-6628)
- Provide information and customer support to district HR directors, Theresa Marin (email@example.com) or Tanya Klein (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Work with Colorado Department of Higher Education on the evaluation, review and authorization/reauthorization of traditional educator preparation programs, and with designated agencies for alternative preparation routes across the state, Karen Lowenstein Martinez (email@example.com)
- Investigate circumstances regarding incidents either self-disclosed by applicant, reported by school districts, or revealed in a background check, Darrin Bacca (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Work to establish and upgrade online eLicensing application system for accuracy and ease of applicant use, Darrin Bacca (email@example.com)
- LEAN Project: In conjunction with the governor’s office, “Educator Licensing” is conducting an ongoing review of all of its protocols to identify inefficiencies, eliminate bottlenecks and streamline its evaluation, customer support and enforcement processes. Evaluation and Customer Support: Tanya Klein (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Enforcement: Darrin Bacca (email@example.com)
- “Making Licensure Matter”: In cooperation with the Rose Community Foundation and The New Teacher Project, Dr. O'Neil, et.al., are examining ways to reduce the number of educator licenses, streamline the application and renewal process, and establish licensure policies to ensure they align with the work being accomplished by the educator effectiveness unit.