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The state of Colorado has a 3-tier certification system: Initial Teacher License, Professional Teacher License, and a Master Teacher Certification. Minimum certification requirements are a bachelor’s degree, completion of an approved preparation program, and demonstration of content-area knowledge by exam (French, German, Latin, Chinese-Mandarin, Spanish) or a degree in the content area (ASL, Italian, Japanese, or Russian). Most licensed teachers can also add a World Language Endorsement to their teaching licenses by passing content exams or demonstrating expertise in the language. Colorado also offers several teaching authorizations options for temporary or emergency teaching scenarios. For additional information about certification, please, consult the Educator Talent – Licensing Office at the Colorado Department of Education.


This is a list that the state maintains of approved credentialing programs. Use this list to search for credentialing programs that fit your needs. There is a filter function on this list that displays approved language credentialing programs. The state may periodically change this list. Credential-seeking individuals must attend a program from this approved list to receive credentials in the state of Colorado.

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