Teacher Professional Development in Colorado


Colorado Department of Education (CDE) professional development guidelines website
CDE website on educator licensing

Colorado Department of Education

“The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is the administrative arm of the Colorado State Board of Education. With an organizational commitment to high standards, challenging assessments, and rigorous accountability measures, CDE serves the preK-12 public education, adult education and family literacy, and library communities of Colorado.” (Quoted from the CDE website.)

Professional Educator Services

CDE website on professional development

Professional Development Guidelines




Professional Development and School Support

This section of the CDE website contains links to articles and information about topics in which educators may be interested. Additionally, this area of the site is searchable by subject area of interest (on the home page).

Adequate Yearly Progress

This section of the CDE website has a wealth of information related to growth and AYP, and regulations for making AYP. There are numerous links that lead to additional support information for schools and districts.

“Under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001, states and school districts are required to make annual Adequate Yearly Progress determinations for districts and schools, respectively. The ultimate goal of AYP is to have all students proficient in reading and math by the year 2014. The Colorado Department of Education, in collaboration with numerous representatives of schools districts and related education organizations, has spent the last 2 years developing the definition of AYP for Colorado and the exact formulas to calculate it.” (Quoted from site mentioned above.)

Colorado Educator Licensing - First Time Applicants

(Directly quoted from the CDE website on First Time License Applications.)

Initial License Application - In-State
“An initial license may be issued to applicants who have completed an approved educator preparation program in Colorado and can provide evidence of a passing score for their required content area assessment. Applicants that have completed their program in a special services area must provide a copy of their valid professional license, certificate, or registration. Colorado issues four types of licenses: Teacher, Special Services Provider, Principal, and Administrator (Superintendent or Director of Special Education).”

Initial License Application - Out-Of-State
“Applicants who hold a standard license or certificate in another state or country or have completed the requirements for a license or certificate in another state or country but have not yet been issued a license or certificate in that state, may apply for an Initial or First Time License.”

Convert Initial License to a Professional License
“A professional license may be issued to an applicant who holds a Colorado initial license and has completed a Colorado State Board of Education approved induction program. Contact the school principal or the district's Personnel/Human Resources office for information about an approved induction program. The only requirement to move from an initial license to a professional license is completion of an induction program. It is not necessary to complete renewal credit.”

Colorado Educator Licensing - Renewal Applicants

(Directly quoted from the CDE website on Renewal License Applications.)

Professional License Renewal
“A valid Colorado professional license may be renewed every five years with six semester hours of college/ university credit or 90 clock hours of Professional Development (i.e. in-services, workshops, etc.) earned during the validity (from the issuance date to the expiration date) of your professional license.”

Initial (formerly Provisional) License Renewal
“An initial (formerly Provisional) license is valid for three years and may be renewed if the applicant has not been able to complete an approved induction program through a Colorado school district or BOCES. Renewal credit is not required.”

Convert Initial License to a Professional License
“A professional license may be issued to an applicant who holds a Colorado initial license and has completed a Colorado State Board of Education approved induction program. Contact the school principal or the district's Personnel/Human Resources office for information about an approved induction program. The only requirement to move from an initial license to a professional license is completion of an induction program. It is not necessary to complete renewal credit.”

One-Year Interim Authorization Renewal
“An Interim Authorization is issued to an out-of-state applicant (teacher, principal, and administrator) who does not have 3 years of full-time out-of-state K-12 work experience and has not passed the required Colorado content area exam. The Interim Authorization is issued for one year and is renewable once.”

Colorado Educator Licensing - Alternative Applicants

(Directly quoted from the CDE website on Alternative License Applications.)

One Year Alternative Teacher Licensing Program
“The Alternative Teacher Licensing Program is offered state-wide. Candidates teach full-time under the supervision of a professional support team, while taking educational coursework from a Designated Agency. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will be eligible for an Initial Colorado Teacher’s License.”

Two Year Teacher in Residence Program
“The Teacher In Residence Program is offered in specific school districts or BOCES, in collaboration with a university. Candidates take educational coursework, while teaching full-time under the supervision of a professional support team. Upon successful completion of both TIR and an induction program, candidates will be eligible for the Professional Teacher’s License.”

Alternative Principal Preparation Program
“The Alternative Principal Preparation Program is for applicants who want to become a licensed principal but did not complete an approved Principal Licensure program at a college or university. Candidates are employed as a principal or vice-principal while taking courses from the Designated Agency. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will be eligible for either an initial or professional Colorado Principal License.”

Colorado Educator Licensing - Master Teachers

(Directly quoted from the CDE website on Master Teachers.)

Extension of License
“Issuance of a Master Teacher Certificate shall extend the validity of the Professional Teacher License to seven years. Requirements: holds a valid Colorado Professional Teacher License; has demonstrated advanced teaching competencies or expertise through the attainment of National Board for Professional Teaching Certification.”

Professional Educator Services

(Directly quoted from the CDE website on professional educator services.)

“The Colorado Department of Education recognizes that induction and professional development are essential elements in recruiting and retaining quality educators, as well as in meeting statewide goals established for educational achievement.”

Induction

The Office of Professional Services and Educator Licensing (OPSEL) states: “recruitment/retention, especially of educators of quality, has been a challenge for many Colorado education entities. It is well accepted that educators who complete a thoughtful, substantive, well-organized and supportive Induction/Mentoring Program have a better retention rate and are generally more effective (and earlier) than those who have not.” Information on induction rules, templates, and examples of approved induction programs are available at the CDE website on induction (above quoted from this web address).

For additional information on teacher license renewal in Colorado, see the CDE website.

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Edited by Stacey C. Kolthammer