Educator Talent Division
Welcome to the new Educator Talent website! Our mission is to develop, deploy and support talent management and human capital development strategies for districts and schools so that the most effective educators are in every school and classroom and all students are prepared for college, career, and life. Visit our About Us page to learn more about the Educator Talent Division.
Visit our Top Pages
- Educators: teachers, principals, administrators, and special services providers (see list of Special Services Providers)
- Educators licensed outside Colorado: out-of-state educators and international teachers
- Educator authorizations: substitute, career and technical education (CTE) and others (see full list of Colorado educator authorizations)
- Prospective students of university/college approved educator preparation programs
- Educator preparation program students
- Career changers/individuals in the workforce interested in entering the teaching profession
- Districts/ BOCES
- Superintendents, assistant superintendents
- Human resources directors, licensure coordinators
- District/BOCES leaders and administrators
- Charter leaders and administrators
Accepting feedback on the rules revisions through March 22
The Colorado State Board of Education noticed rulemaking in February 2019 for: Rules for the Administration of the Educator Licensing Act of 1991 (1 CCR 301-37), Rules for the Administration of Educator License Endorsements (1 CCR 301-101), and Rules for the Administration of a Statewide System to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Licensed Personnel by School Districts and BOCES (1 CCR 301-87). Please visit the Educator Talent Rules feedback page for details, including access to the online feedback form.
New Student Teacher/In-Field Experience fingerprint process now available
CDE has launched a new fingerprint process for students completing field experience, student teaching and any other pre-service placement in a classroom. This new process aligns with recently passed legislation, SB 18-229 Student Teacher Criminal History Checks, and will allow CDE to share criminal history information, if any exists, with the students’ educator preparation program and school district/charter school. Making this information available will allow educator preparation programs and school districts/charter schools to make informed decisions about placing students in the classroom. This will also allow students to be fingerprinted once for all their pre-service placements.
While this new process provides enhanced visibility of a field experience student's criminal history and potential barriers that their history may present in their pursuit of educational licensure, it is critical for all stakeholders to understand that field experience students WILL NOT undergo a full background investigation. A full background check with any criminal history results will only occur when an individual meets licensure requirements and submits an application for a CDE-issued credential. CDE will only act as a pass-through for information returned in fingerprint-based criminal history checks, allowing educator preparation programs and school districts to make an informed decision when placing a field experience student.
Please visit the Fingerprinting for Field Experience Educators (Student Teachers) webpage for additional information.
Register for FREE Professional Educator Ethics Workshops
The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), in partnership with the National Council for the Advancement of Educator Ethics (NCAEE), the Colorado Department of Education, Regis University, and Colorado School District 11, is offering a FREE Professional Educator Ethics Workshops in your region. Space is limited and registration will fill up quickly! For registration and event details, select the event pages below:
- Monday, April 22, 2019 at Regis University (Denver)
- Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Nikola Tesla Education Opportunity Center (Colorado Springs)
Educator Talent launches Policy Updates webpage
Visit the Educator Talent Policy Updates webpage to learn more about policy, rules, and educator shortage grants being implemented by the Educator Talent Division.
Teacher shortage grant opportunities available
To help school districts and BOCES review and identify teacher shortage grant opportunities that resulted from the 2018 legislative session, the Educator Talent Unit created a Teacher Shortage Funding Opportunities Overview highlighting the primary initiatives. The document allows for the review of available grants, timelines, funds and eligibility requirements for potential combining of opportunities.
Understanding the English Learner Professional Learning requirements for teachers with a professional license
In July 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.The new English Learner Professional Learning requirements must be met only by teachers with professional licenses with an elementary, English language arts, math, science or social studies endorsement. In addition, teachers with licenses in all other endorsement areas may elect to also meet the requirements. The same holds true for special service providers, principals and administrators. Individuals with a culturally and linguistically diverse endorsement, or its linguistically diverse predecessor, automatically meet this requirement.
Educators who choose to meet the English Learner PD requirement but aren't required to can visit the Educator Talent News webpage for more information.
Detailed information about the English Learner PD requirement, the timeline for meeting it and how educators may document and demonstrate that they have done so can be found on at the English Learner PD Requirements - Information for Educators webpage.
Learn about district, BOCES and charter school parent notification requirements, House Bill 18-1269
House Bill 18-1269 was passed during the 2018 legislative season with an effective date of August 15th, 2018. The law creates a new section, 22-1-130 of the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.). This statute requires public school districts, Board of Cooperative Services (BOCES) and charter schools to notify parents of students anytime a school employee is charged with certain crimes.