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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.

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News

  • Educator Preparation Office Announces Office Hours

    • After the last Designated Agency Advisory Group (DAAG) meeting, the office of Educator Preparation and at least one of the DAAG members per month have committed to offering office hours once a month to allow for collaborative opportunities for designated agencies. This is a chance for alternative licensure programs to engage with one another ongoing throughout the year. Topics for discussion will be driven by alternative programs and attendance is optional. Possible topics could include SB 19-190 and what it means for alternative programs, implementation of the English Learner requirements, how to support candidates and districts when teachers are hired after the program has already started, benefits of a one year program vs two year program, or other topics brought forward from designated agencies. Calendar invites with the zoom information have been sent to the primary contact for each program. If you would like to be added to the calendar invites, please contact​ CDE.

  • Call for Peer Reviewers to Review Program Alignment to the English Learner Standards

    • CDE is extending the invitation to educators with a culturally and linguistically diverse background (educators from school districts throughout the P-20 educational system, internal CDE content experts, as well as higher education faculty) to help review educator preparation programs’ alignment to the new EL standards on October 3, 2019.

    • If interested in receiving more details about this opportunity, please complete the registration   by Sept. 25th for the October 3rd review. 

  • Educator Preparation Program Reports

    • ​​​In December of 2019 there will be a release of public reports on Colorado educator preparation and the programs that prepare our new teachers.  Critical information that impacts your educator preparation programs (both IHEs and DAs), including a preview of prototype sections of the reports, are featured in this recorded webinar.

  • Adoption of New Endorsement Standards​ and PRAXIS Exams

  • Teacher of Record License and Grant Program

  • Read about recent recent improvements in PRAXIS outcomes here.​