Initial Teachers License (CO)

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Initial Teachers License (CO)

The Initial Teachers License that is awarded when applicants complete all necessary requirements including a teaching program and exams.
License Valid for 3 Years
Employment: Not 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:

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Enrolled in State Approved Teacher Education Program

Prior Certification: Must NOT have Current (STATE) Certification

Applicant must hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from an accepted, regionally accredited institution of higher education.

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:

Exam(s): PLACE required

Accept Scores from Out of State

Applicants must complete Colorado teacher program.

Colorado only accepts Content Language exams: PLACE. PLACE includes recorded components.

Applicants may substitute 24 credit hours in the content language for the PLACE test.

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:

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Background Check
Printable Form at:

Renewal: Renewable
Applicant may renew the initial license ONLY upon completion of induction program.

Professional License Applicants must complete an induction program at Colorado school districts, some private and charter schools, approved facilities and/or BOCES, and includes supervision by mentor teachers, ongoing professional development and training, including ethics, and performance evaluations.

All 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.

You may print this route.

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

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