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Renew an Emergency Authorization

Preparing to Apply

This checklist is for ...

Individuals who hold an emergency authorization and would like to renew it while they fulfill the final requirements for a full license/authorization as a(n):

  • administrator / superintendent (special or gifted education director -- review the Temporary Education Eligibility Authorization checklist)educational interpreter
  • principal
  • school counselor
  • speech-language pathology assistant
  • teacher (not special education -- review the Temporary Educator Eligibility checklist)

Important notes:

  • The Colorado State Board of Education must approve all requests for an emergency authorization prior to issuance. Once you submit a complete application, it may take up to 60 days for the board's determination due to agenda submission deadlines.
  • An emergency authorization may be renewed once.

**Not presently available for educational interpreters.**

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Qualifications:

  • Enrollment in an approved program that will allow the individual to meet the requirements of the full credential
  • Documentation proving ongoing, continued progress toward fulfilling requirements for a full license or authorization
  • A verification form completed by the school district, BOCES or charter/facility school requiring your services under this authorization:
    • a completed emergency authorization packet
    • documentation of ongoing progress toward fulfilling the requirements for a full license or SLPA authorization
  • Important Notes:
    • Individuals serving under an emergency authorization and teaching reading in a K-3 classroom will be required to meet READ Act requirements. (Contact your school/district for more information.)

Plan Ahead

Application Fee:

$90

Authorization Expires:

Up to 1 year from date of issue
(as requested by the district)

Gather the Necessary Information/Documentation

In the application you will need to include:

  • A valid form of government-issued identification. 
  • Documentation verifying your qualifications:
    • Documentation proving ongoing, continued progress toward fulfilling requirements for a full license or authorization
    • An emergency authorization packet completed by the school district, BOCES or charter/facility school requiring your services under this authorization:
  • All prior work experience
  • Documentation for any self-disclosures related to the following:
    • Prior criminal history
    • Disciplinary actions
    • Issues related to licensure or employment

Then ...

  • Log in to COOL
  • Ensure you have a current background check on file. You have 30 days from the time CDE receives your background check to apply for a license.
    • If you have submitted fingerprints for CDE credentialing in the past, but allowed all credentials to lapse or did not submit within the 30-day window, you must submit a new set of fingerprints to CBI for licensure purposes.
    • The status of your background checks will be noticed in your COOL account and within your application(s).

Have everything ready to go?

When you have gathered all required documentation,* have submitted fingerprints to CBI for CDE licensure purposes and have reviewed the licensure process, log in to COOL and select the "RENEW" button in the EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION credential details section of your dashboard. If for some reason this option is not available to you, please submit a support ticket so that this issue can be resolved directly.

Final Reminders

At the risk of repeating ourselves, we again reiterate these important reminders:

  • You have 30 days from the time CDE receives your background checks to submit an application or you will need to submit a new set of fingerprints for licensure purposes at the time of application.
  • By submitting an application, you are verifying that you have submitted fingerprints for CDE licensure purposes, provided all requested documentation and answered all questions truthfully.
  • Within 45 days of receipt (usually far sooner!), CDE will evaluate the application.
    • Upon determination of qualification, CDE will notify the applicant and the corresponding certificate will be available for view or print in the individual's COOL account.
  • Should the application be found incomplete, CDE will notify the applicant via email and specify the information needed to complete it. This includes notification that we have yet to receive your background checks!
    • An applicant has 60 days from the date of this notification to cure the deficiency (i.e., provide the necessary information or submit background checks) or submit to the department a written request for reconsideration stating the basis for the request. Additional time is not granted to those who receive this notification due to background checks. Any additional deficiency noticed also will need to be cured within the original 60-day period.
      • Requests for reconsideration do not apply to background checks.
      • CDE will provide a written response within 30 days of any request for reconsideration.
    • An applicant who fails to cure the deficiency or request reconsideration within these 60 days will be deemed as having withdrawn the application, and such withdrawal shall not be subject to appeal or review.
  • State statute prohibits the refunding of any application evaluation fee.
  • Once you have submitted an application, check your status regularly for notifications, updates and/or to print a copy of your certificate.

APPLY / LOG IN TO COOL

 

For questions, email CDELicensing@cde.state.co.us or call 303-866-6628.