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How to Become a Teacher in Colorado: Teacher Certification

These are the usual steps a person interested in becoming a teacher might take to become certified to teach in the state of Colorado. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

Information on teaching salaries in Colorado can be found here.

Initial Colorado Teaching Certification

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited school. If you already have a bachelor's degree, you can help take your career and education to the next level by signing up for a master’s degree program.
  2. Teacher prep. You should take any teacher prep courses, student teaching, or internships.
  3. Complete the content area assessment through the PLACE or Praxis II.
  4. Obtain fingerprint cards and pass the background check. Call (303) 239-4208
  5. Submit the following:
    • Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Fingerprint card and processing fee to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
    • Mail To:
      Colorado Bureau of Investigation
      690 Kipling Street, Suite 3000
      Denver, CO. 80215
    • Completed Application
    • Fee payable to Colorado Department of Education
    • Official Transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
    • Also, include copies of your test scores
    • Mail To:
      Educator Licensing
      Colorado Department of Education
      201 E. Colfax Ave. Room 105
      Denver, Colorado 80203-1799
  6. Do you want to renew your Colorado Teacher Certification?

Colorado Alternative Teacher Certification

Alternatively, there is another path you can take to get your teaching Colorado Teacher Certification before they complete the teacher education program. You can teach under the supervision of a qualified support team of teachers and administrators. 

  1. You must still earn your bachelor's degree from a credited university. If you already have a bachelor's degree, you can help take your career and education to the next level by signing up for a master’s degree program.
  2. One year of Alternative Teacher Preparation Program. The cost varies between $2,000 and $8,000. The costs can be drastically lowered given your specific circumstances. Call (303) 866-6628 to learn more.
  3. Complete the Content Area Assessment through the PLACE or Praxis II.
  4. Submit the following:
    • Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Fingerprint card and processing fee to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
    • Mail To:
      Colorado Bureau of Investigation
      690 Kipling Street, Suite 3000
      Denver, CO. 80215
    • Completed Application
    • $60 check payable to Colorado State Department of Education
    • Official Transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
    • Also, include copies of your test scores
    • Mail To:
      Educator Licensing
      Colorado Department of Education
      201 E. Colfax Ave. Room 105
      Denver, Colorado 80203-1799
  5. Enroll in the Teacher Induction Program. Your specific TIR agencies should be able to direct you from there.

Sources:

  1. Colorado Department of Education, http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof
  2. First Time Applicant (Initial), Colorado Department of Education, http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/Licensure_FirstTimeApp.asp
  3. Renewal Applicant, Colorado Department of Education, http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/Licensure_RenewalApp.asp

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