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Step One: Colorado Prerequisite Coursework
The first step to getting certified as a teacher is choosing a specialization and/or grade level and earning your bachelor's degree.
Here are some examples:
Early Childhood Education major
Elementary Education major
Secondary Education major OR choose specific subject major
At post-secondary education, you must pick a specific subject major
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.
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.
Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork involved in an accredited teacher preparation program. The curricula often include 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.
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 view the Certification Map Colorado Alternative Certification Programs page to learn about obtaining your alternative teacher certification in Colorado.
Next, you'll need to complete the PLACE and Praxis II exams. 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. Colorado has approved the adoption of Praxis exams for most content areas, and Praxis will be the primary licensing exam for Colorado teachers following the administration of the final PLACE exam on May 6, 2017.
Agriculture and Natural Resources Education Grades 7-12 Business Grades 7-12 Business/Marketing Grades 7-12 Drama Theater Arts Grades K-12 Early Childhood Education Ages 0-8 Elementary Education Grades K-6 English Language Arts Grades 7-12 Family and Consumer Sciences Grades 7-12 Health Grades K-12 Instructional Technology Grades K-12 Marketing Grades 7-12 Mathematics Grades 7-12 Music Grades K-12 Physical Education Grades K-12 Science Grades 7-12 Social Studies Grades 7-12 Speech Grades 7-12 Technology Education Grades 7-12 Visual Arts Grades K-12 World Languages Grades K-12
Early Childhood Education Elementary Education Special Education (General; Severe Needs) Early Childhood Special Education Content Specific Subjects
Step Four: Colorado Application Requirements
Finally, submit a completed licensure application to get the show on the road! You can create an Educator Account with CDE’s eLicensing database to begin your licensing application.
Make sure you have all your supporting documents! Here is the Colorado Department of Education’s checklist of things you need to submit along with your license application for first-time applicants:
Submit fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
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.
Obtain the results for any CDE-accepted PLACE or PRAXIS II exams you have passed.
Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Colorado provides differential pay and loan forgiveness for teachers teaching in high needs schools but provides no support for teachers teaching in shortage subject areas.
Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Colorado has strong induction policies in place.