Adjunct Instructor (CO)

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Adjunct Instructor (CO)

An adjunct instructor is a specialist or expert in a content area not available through regular or alternative teacher preparation in an endorsable content area, and who is without formal training. The purpose of adjunct instruction is to provide students with highly specialized academic enrichment, outside of, and supportive of required content areas.

License Valid for 3 years
Employment: Required

The following states may accept this route:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

State Information
State: Colorado
Contact Phone: 303-866-6628
Contact Email: [email protected]
For more information please visit the state website:

The Adjunct Instructor must be requested by an employing school district, and hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, or have been employed for five years in the area of specialization.

Must be for a content language that is not available through an approved program of preparation.

CDE also issues adjunct instructor authorizations for individuals seeking a Native American Language and Culture Instruction Authorization.

The adjunct instructor authorization is valid for 3 years from the date of issue.

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
Completed BA Degree
BA Degree + Major in Content Language

Prior Certification: Must NOT have Current (STATE) Certification

Requirements: 5 Years of employment in content language or BA or higher degree in content language.

As of 2016, No Basic Skills Exams Required

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:

Accept Scores from Out of State

State may review transcripts to determine content language proficiency.

Licensure for languages is dependent on a District’s documented need for the languages.

School districts must provide evidence of the applicant’s outstanding talent, specific abilities, and particular knowledge of the language (oral proficiency included).

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Online at:

School District Requirements:
Verification of Employment
Confirmation of Enrollment in Internship
Confirmation of Mentor

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Background Check
Printable Form at:

Renewal: Renewable
The potential employing school district provides evidence of the applicant’s outstanding talent, specific abilities, and particular knowledge of the area of specialization.

To request renewal, the employing school district, shall submit evidence of continuing need for the adjunct instructor’s services.

A school district board of education must request the applicant’s services based upon evidence of a documented student need.

All Colorado applications must be completed online. Applications not completed in 14 days will be automatically deleted from the system and all data may be lost.
Colorado will not accept fingerprint/background checks completed from other states.

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Published On: 08/27/2017 1:00:00 AM

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