To become a certified teacher in Colorado, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.
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Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. CertificationMap.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015
The Colorado Department of Education mandates that those pursuing an initial teaching license meet the following requirements:
To begin your licensing application, create an Educator Account with CDE’s eLicensingdatabase.
Did you know that 33 states require teachers to have a master’s degree to stay certified in teaching?
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
Click to learn more about getting your MAT online with USC Rossier School of Education.
All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Colorado, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.
Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork involved in an accredited teacher preparation program. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching and an internship.
While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For scholarships specific to the State of Colorado visit our Colorado Teacher Scholarships page.
Colorado requires prospective teachers to complete an approved teacher education program.
Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Click here to learn about obtaining your alternative teacher certification in Colorado.
Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship. While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers specific to the State of Colorado visit our Colorado Teacher Scholarshipspage.
The Colorado Department of Education accepts the content knowledge test via PLACE (Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators) and the Praxis II exam. The PLACE exam was developed for Colorado state educators. The Praxis II exam is a nationwide test accepted throughout the majority of the United States. Both tests are designed to assess the knowledge and skills necessary to become a qualified educator in the state of Colorado.
|Accepted Praxis II Exams in Colorado||PLACE Educator Content Assessments|
English Language, Lit., and Composition
|Early Childhood Education
Special Education (General; Severe Needs)
Early Childhood Special Education
Content Specific Subjects
Visit the Colorado Department of Education for more information on state testing requirements
Colorado will accept some teaching credentials from all but the following states: Alaska, Iowa, and Kentucky. Contact the Colorado Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.
How to Apply
In order to obtain an initial teaching license in the state of Colorado, the state Department of Education requires candidates to submit fingerprint clearance as part of a mandatory state and nationwide background clearance. Submitted fingerprints are sent to both the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the FBI.
Please view the Colorado Department of Education’s Fingerprint Information Sheet for step-by-step directions.
How to Apply Online
Teachers-Teachers.com is an online database designed to allow certified teachers to search for Colorado teaching jobs within their desired school district(s). Individuals are allowed to publicly search for teaching opportunities, but must register with the website in order to gain full access to district information.
Colorado Substitute Teacher Requirements
Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Colorado.
Colorado Department of Education
Office of Professional Services and Educator License
6000 E. Evans Avenue
Building #2 Suite 100
Denver, Colorado 80222
(303) 866-6628 – Email