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For important information on the impacts of COVID-19 related to Educator Preparation visit the Educator Talent COVID-19 FAQ webpage.

Preparation Office

The Educator Preparation Office oversees program approval and re-authorization for institutions of higher education. The process is carried out collaboratively by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and CDE and includes initial approval and re-authorization not more than once every five years. Initial approval and re-authorization are required for any institution offering educator preparation programs leading to endorsement in Colorado, including public and private entities.

Alternative teacher preparation programs offered via designated agencies must also meet standards defined in statute, rules and policy. The approval process is carried out solely by the Colorado Department of Education and includes initial authorization and re-authorization not more than once every five years. 

Rules for the Administration of the Colorado Educator Licensing Act of 1991 (1 CCR 301-37) can be found here.  Rules for the Administration of Educator License Endorsements (1 CCR 301-101) can be found here.

 

Provide Feedback on Educator Preparation Program Authorization/Reauthorization Revamp

State authorization and reauthorization processes apply to any Educator Preparation Program (EPP) wanting to develop pathways for educator candidates to obtain state licensure and existing Colorado approved EPPs seeking to maintain their current authorization status.  There are two pathways to becoming an educator in Colorado:

 

  • Traditional/IHE:  The traditional route involves candidates enrolling in an approved public or private college or university (Institute of Higher Education or IHE), completing an approved program, then applying for licensure.  State law, C.R.S. §23-1-121, grants the Colorado Commission of Higher Education (CCHE), in conjunction with the State Board of Education (SBE), the authority to approve educator preparation programs at public and private colleges and universities and the SBE the authority to oversee appropriate and effective incorporation of program content.
  • Alternative/DA: The second pathway is through designed agencies (DA) approved by the state as alternative licensure educator preparation program programs.  C.R.S. §22-60.5-205 requires these alternative licensure programs to be under the sole authority of SBE and the Colorado Department of Education.

 

Over the past two years, the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education have worked with stakeholders to update and refine the authorization and reauthorization process.  The departments are seeking input regarding those planned revisions to core elements of the process.  Below, you will find draft documents with the core elements and a survey link for each pathway.  Please provide feedback by May 31, 2021.

 

News

  • New Equity Resources for Schools and Districts webpage

    • As school and district leaders work to address the learning impacts that were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, broader and newfound equity gaps will undoubtedly emerge.  With this in mind, a CDE-wide, cross unit team collaborated to curate internal and external resources to assist educators in addressing these challenges.  The Equity Resources for Schools and Districts webpage provides tools and resources to help educators bring an equity lens to their systems, policies and everyday work.

  • New Principal Resources website available for school leaders

    • CDE created a Principal Resources webpage that brings together internal and external resources to support principals and school leaders. Resources around planning for the 2020-21 school year are also available on the COVID-19 Resources for Principals webpage. Principals and school leaders are encouraged to visit these newly developed webpages and/or connect with CDE Principal Leadership Cross-Unit Work Group team members with any questions or ideas.

  • TEACH Colorado resources for Educator Preparation Programs

    • TEACH Colorado's mission is to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of the state’s teacher pipeline. TEACH Colorado is a partnership among Colorado’s school districts, educator preparation programs, state agencies, and business and nonprofit groups to launch a comprehensive digital platform that recruits talented Coloradans into the teaching profession and provides the support they need to enroll in an educator preparation program.  Be sure to check out resources and tools below.  For additional information about the tools and resources available through TEACH Colorado, contact TEACH Colorado senior program manager, Annette Konoske-Graf.
      • TEACH Colorado is excited to announce The Future Depends on Teachers, a new PSA campaign for K-12 schools to inspire future teachers to explore the profession, celebrate the hard work of current teachers, and elevate the teaching profession among the general public.  A social media toolkit includes resources to help promote the PSA through social media channels.
      • The TEACH Colorado $1,000 spring scholarship deadline is May 31.  Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in a Colorado EPP for the spring or summer 2021 semester to qualify.  Visit the TEACH Colorado Scholarship webpage for additional information to share with students.
  • Educator Preparation Program Reports

    • ​​​​The Educator Preparation Programs Report, featuring an interactive dashboard, is available with information about the effectiveness of Colorado programs training teachers, principals and special services providers, as well as information about new teachers entering the workforce.