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Educator Licensing Office

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Welcome to Educator Licensure!

Colorado issues four license - teacher, principal, administrator and special services - and 14 authorizations, including substitute, emergency and career and technical education (CTE). Select the corresponding button at right for more information.

Related Information and Requirements

  • Background checks/fingerprints (via icon below)

link to fingerprinting information

Additional Services

To apply:

  1. Select a button below to review requirements.
  2. Select the Out-of-State button if you completed a teacher, principal, administrator or special services preparation outside Colorado and are applying for your first Colorado credential of that type.


out-of-state/international applicants: first-time Colorado teacher, principal, administrator, special services


all teacher types: alternative, interim, initial, professional, renewals, teacher of record


school SLP, audiologist, psychologist, OT, PT, RN, O&M specialist, social work, counselor


 initial, professional, authorization for alternative preparation


administrator, director/special education, director/gifted education


substitute, emergency, TEE, CTE, SLPA, adjunct, SSP intern, educational interpreter, JROTC, exchange educator and more

Content Exam Requirements

Register for PRAXIS exams


Resources for District/BOCES Leaders

  • The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) presents the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE), a common language of ethics developed by educators for educators regarding professional practice. Ideal for in-service training or professional learning communities (PLCs). Get started with the following resources:
    • MCEE video features the educators who helped develop the MCEE and speaks to the importance of the code and its application in the classroom
    • DistruptEd is a two-part video conversation with Troy Hutchings and Phil Rogers about the Code of Ethics (Part 1 and Part 2)
    • Contact NASDTEC at with questions or comments.



The latest information/news about educator preparation and licensure.



For questions, submit a Licensing Support Request form or call 720-739-3304 (7:30 am to 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday).