Certification

Certification Types

There are numerous certification options offered by the Colorado Department of Education. All licenses can be applied for through the Colorado eLicensure system on the Colorado Department of Education website.

Basic Requirements

The Colorado Department of Education has four basic requirements for receiving an initial certification in Colorado. The information below is meant to be a general guide only. If you have a specific type of certification you would like to obtain, please verify you have met all requirements with the Colorado Department of Education.

Initial Teaching Certification Checklist

You will need the following items ready before you begin your eLicensure application on the Colorado Department of Education website.

  1. Submit your fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
  2. Confirm you have a valid form of government-issued identification.
  3. List the names and addresses of the colleges/universities you have attended.
  4. Obtain copies of your official transcripts indicating that you have earned a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
  5. Complete the approved program verification form. (Out-of-state alternative applicants must also obtain an official signed letter from your State Department of Education confirming that you completed a state-approved program and the program requirements for the alternative program you completed.)
  6. Obtain the results for any CDE-accepted PLACE or PRAXIS II exams you have passed.
  7. Obtain all copies of active or expired teaching licenses, if applicable.
  8. Document employment history for the past five years. Include employer/business name, dates of employment, reason for leaving, work addresses, supervisor names, and contact information. Also, include teaching experience from more than five years ago, if you have it.
  9. If applicable, please have your past criminal history, disciplinary actions, and any issues related to licensure or employment.

Professional Teaching Certification Checklist

You will need the following items ready before you begin your eLicensure application on the Colorado Department of Education website.

  1. Submit your fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
  2. Confirm you have a valid form of government-issued identification.
  3. Obtain proof of completion of 6 semester hours or 90 clock hours of renewal credit. (Please note that your credits must not be more than 5 years old.)
  4. Complete the Summary Report of Professional Activities Form.
  5. Document employment history for the past 5 years. Include employer/business name, dates of employment, reason for leaving, work addresses, supervisor names, and contact information. Also, include teaching experience from more than five years ago, if you have it.
  6. If applicable, please have your past criminal history, disciplinary actions, and any issues related to licensure or employment.

Out-of-State Certification and Reciprocity

If you are coming to Colorado to teach, you will need to obtain a Colorado teaching license. An out of state licensure is not interchangeable with an in-state licensure. Alternative Certification Programs, or ACP’s, are a non-traditional way to become certified to teach in Colorado. Alternative Certification Programs can allow you to teach while you are becoming certified. Programs to receive an Alternative Certification in Colorado are offered at universities, community colleges, private entities, school districts,  and education service centers. The Colorado Department of Education can assist you with deciding what programs are right for you.

Alternative Certification Program

Professionals looking to become a teacher in Colorado can complete an alternative certification program, as long as they meet the appropriate qualifications. These programs allow professionals to take an accelerated path to becoming a certified teacher without having to attend a university for four years.

There are three different ways you can obtain an alternative teacher licensure in Colorado.

  • Option 1: You are an applicant who is not yet in an approved alternative teacher preparation program, and do not yet have a full-time position in an elementary or secondary school.
      • Result:  If approved, you will be issued a Statement of Eligibility (SOE). The SOE will give directions on the next steps required for the alternative license.
  • Option 2: You are an applicant who was issued an SOE prior to January 4th, 2015, who has now attained employment and entrance in to an approved program.
      • Result:  If approved, you will be issued an alternative license and will need to upload a completed and signed Statement of Assurance of Employment form, as well as signed employment documents into the alternative application. If you were issued an SOE after January 4th 2015, follow the directions that came on the SOE that was issued to you. If you need a reprint of that SOE, login to your eLicensing account and complete the reprint application.
  • Option 3: You are an applicant who meets the requirements for an alternative license, have gained entrance in to an approved alternative teaching preparation program, and have secured full-time employment in an elementary or secondary school.
      • Result:  If approved, you will be issued an alternative license and will need to upload a completed and signed Statement of Assurance of Employment, as well as signed employment documents into your Alternative application. If you meet all of the requirements, and are issued the Alternative license, you do not require the SOE.

Certification Testing Information

For a full schedule of testing dates, please visit the PLACE website.

Registrations must be completed by 4:00 p.m. mountain time on the registration deadline for the period.* Multiple-choice-only tests

** PLACE results for all tests with performance assignments (Basic Skills, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and Special Education Specialist: Visually Impaired) will be available approximately four weeks after the test date.

The Praxis II Subject Assessment exam is a content area exam accepted for meeting certain endorsement area testing requirements.

 

Contact Information

Colorado Department of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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