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Hearing Impairment, Including Deafness

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Changes to Educational Interpreter Authorizations

We want to share an important change in the Educational Interpreter Authorizations for those individuals who have not met requirements for their full authorization. CDE has recently been informed by the Attorney General’s Office that Educational Interpreter Authorizations fall under the same requirements as other Special Services Providers (SSPs). As with other SSPs, CDE is not authorized to issue emergency authorizations or licenses for individuals who do not meet the requirements for the full authorization and/or license. For individuals who are currently in between the past authorization practices and this current clarification, there will be a case-by-case review for the 2021-2022 school year. We are aware that the written test is still unavailable, and for individuals who have met all the requires except for the written test, they will be issued an Emergency Authorization until we are able to resume administering the written test. Please be advised that as of July of 2022, emergency authorizations will NOT be issued by the CDE. At that time, Educational Interpreter authorization candidates will need to meet all the requirements (a minimum of a 2-year degree in interpreting, passing score on the written assessment, and attainment of a minimum score of a 3.5 out of 5.0 on the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) performance test) to receive their Educational Interpreter Authorization.

We are also unable to give extensions on renewal authorizations dues to the inability to meet continuing education requirements. Throughout the last 18 months CDE has worked to provide free on-line skills classes for educational interpreters. We are working to provide at least one class is August and one class in October. Preference will be given to individuals who need to renew their authorization within the next year AND individuals who have attended the trainings that they registered for. If you have any other questions or concerns please reach out to Shauna Moden at

Definition: A child with a hearing impairment, including deafness shall have a deficiency in hearing sensitivity as demonstrated by an elevated threshold of auditory sensitivity to pure tones or speech where even with the help of amplification, the student is prevented from receiving reasonable educational benefit from general education.

The Colorado Rules for the Administration of the Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA) defines the criteria for identifying a student with a hearing disability (Deaf/Hard of Hearing). Colorado’s Deaf Child Bill of Rights (1996) requires that all students with a hearing disability have a Communication Plan that considers students’ communicative needs as they relate to social and emotional development. The following links give access to documents related to the field of Deaf Education.

Employment/ Professional

[Employment/Professional Info Link]

  • Employment/Job Listings
  • Professional Information for Teachers of the Deaf, Educational Audiologists, and Educational Interpreters

Parent/Family Resources

[Parent/Family Resource Link]

  • Organization Websites
  • Resources

Services/Support Programs

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  • Listservs
  • Forms and Documents
  • Webinar Information
  • Mentor Program


For more information about services for students who are hearing impaired, please contact:

Shauna Moden, Deaf Education Specialist
Phone: 303-866-6707
Email Shauna Moden



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