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Teacher of Record Pathway to License
The Teacher of Record pathway to licensure was created by Colorado House Bill 18-1309 in response to teacher shortages across the state.
When a Colorado district, BOCES or charter school is in need of a teacher in a designated shortage area -- and no qualified applicants have applied for the position -- a teacher candidate, with support from their associated approved Colorado teacher preparation program and an approved plan created in collaboration between the hiring school/district/BOCES and teacher prep program, may be hired to fill the position under a Teacher of Record License. (Details below.)
This pathway is not available for individuals completing teacher preparation programs at colleges/universities outside Colorado. This pathway is only available for Teacher of Record candidates working in public school districts, BOCES or charter schools.
Important to Note:
Teacher of Record License
- Available only to individuals in a traditional, undergraduate approved Colorado teacher preparation program
- Allows these individuals to serve as the teacher of record in his/her own classroom while completing up to the remaining 36 hours of the Colorado teacher preparation program
- Issued only to applicants whose teacher of record plan has been approved by the Colorado Department of Education.
- Issued with any initial endorsement area EXCEPT Special Education.
Teacher of Record Program Plan
- The hiring district/BOCES/charter school and the approved Colorado teacher preparation program collaboratively create an individualized program plan to allow the individual to complete his/her teacher preparation program while employed under a Teacher of Record license.
- Both the district/BOCES/charter school and teacher preparation program are responsible for providing support services and training.
- All partners are responsible for reporting required information to CDE annually.