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Licensing Office

The Educator Talent Licensing Office certifies Colorado educators by evaluating applications and issuing licenses and authorizations to qualifying individuals. Four license types – teacher, special services provider, principal and administrator – are issued with one or more of 60-plus endorsements, pending license type and applicant qualifications. Twelve types of authorizations, including 34 different Career and Technical Education (CTE) credentials are also offered.

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The latest information/news about educator preparation and licensure.

  • In July of 2018, the State Board of Education approved new rules to ensure educators in Colorado are prepared to meet the needs of English learners in our schools. Effective September 1, 2018, educators endorsed in elementary, math, science, social studies, or English seeking a renewal of their professional license must complete or demonstrate completion of professional development activities equivalent to 45 clock/contact hours or three semester hours in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education within a full five-year renewal period that meets or exceeds the standards outlined in section 5.12-5.15 of 1 CCR 301-37.  This requirement must only be completed once during the term of the educator's career. To find out more about these requirements, if and how they apply to you, what you'll need to do and by when, visit the English Learner PD Requirements Information for Educators page.
  • The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) presents the Model Code of Ethics (MCEE), a common language of ethics developed by educators for educators. The MCEE is the first common language of ethics that can support and guide decisions regarding professional practice.  Educators and administrators are encouraged to include the following listed resources in a future training or Professional Learning Community (PLC). For questions or comments contact NASDTEC at
    • MCEE video featuring the educators who helped develop the MCEE, speaking to the importance of the code and its application in the classroom
    • DistruptEd two-part video conversation with Troy Hutchings and Phil Rogers about the Code of Ethics (Part 1 and Part 2)
  • Learn more about the Teacher Oath Requirement (per Senate Bill 17-296)
  • Local Education Agency Parental Notification information has been posted and is available to districts and charter schools regarding this new 2018 legislative requirement. 

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Professional Services & Educator Licensure
6000 E Evans Ave
Building #2, Suite 100
Denver, CO 80222
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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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