Exchange Educator Interim Authorization (CO)

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Exchange Educator Interim Authorization (CO)

An Exchange Educator Interim Authorization authorizes a school district to assign a person who is a participant in a district-recognized educator exchange program and is certified or licensed, or eligible for certification or licensure, as a teacher, special service provider, principal, administrator in another country.

License Valid for 1 year
Applicant must be a participant in a district-recognized teacher exchange program. Must be a licensed teacher in home country.
Employment: Required

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

Currently Spain is the only country that holds a visiting teacher agreement with Colorado.

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

Prior Certification: Must NOT have Current (STATE) Certification

BA and 3 years teaching experience required.

As of 2016, No Basic Skills Exams Required

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program

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.

An applicant for this authorization must be a licensed teacher.

At this time, only teachers involved in the Spanish Guest Teacher Program are eligible.

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: School District
Online at:

School District Requirements:
Verification of Employment
Confirmation of Mentor
Submit DS2019 form for J9 visas, Support teachers in first weeks with SSN establishment, locating housing, etc.

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Background Check
Printable Form at:

Renewal: Nonrenewable

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.
District representatives will assist teachers in obtaining fingerprint and background checks when selected to participate in the exchange program:

Applicants may obtain fingerprinting service from any Law Enforcement Agency in the US. Completed fingerprint card must be mailed to:

Colorado Bureau of Investigations
690 Kipling St., Suite 3000
Lakewood, CO 80215

District must send a representative to Spain to conduct interviews, support the Spanish Ministry of Education in obtaining J1 Visas for teachers and provide a mentor for visiting teachers.

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

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