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Preparation Office

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Preparation Office

The Educator Preparation Office oversees program approval and re-authorization for institutions of higher education. The process is carried out collaboratively by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and CDE and includes initial approval and re-authorization not more than once every five years. Initial approval and re-authorization are required for any institution offering educator preparation programs leading to endorsement in Colorado, including public and private entities.

Alternative teacher preparation programs offered via designated agencies must also meet standards defined in statute, rules and policy. The approval process is carried out solely by the Colorado Department of Education and includes initial authorization and re-authorization not more than once every five years. 

Rules for the Administration of the Colorado Educator Licensing Act of 1991 (1 CCR 301-37) can be found here.  Rules for the Administration of Educator License Endorsements (1 CCR 301-101) can be found here.

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  • Adoption of New Endorsement Standards

The State Board of Education adopted new rules for the Principal Quality Standards, Specialized Service Professionals Quality Standards and Administrator Endorsement Standards at their April meeting. These updated rules are part of the Rules for Administration of the Colorado Educator Licensing Act of 1991 (1 CCR 301-37), which are currently pending the final step of approval by the Colorado Secretary of State. 

Educator preparation programs (higher education and designated agencies) must begin to align current programming to these new standards for any of their related endorsement programs during the next academic school year, 2019-20. All upcoming educator preparation program reauthorizations will be aligned to these new standards. Updated standards can be found in the matrices available for download on the Educator Preparation Standards Matrices page. Both the principal and administrator matrices are now available and the SSP matrices will be available by June 1st. 

Other updates to 1 CCR 301-37, that preparation programs may be interested in knowing more about, include rules for the newly created Teacher of Record License and the option to renew the Special Services Intern Authorization for an additional year if the intern is employed by a school district or BOCES, and has not completed the approved program of preparation due to unforeseen circumstances or hardship.

At the May State Board of Education meeting, there was the adoption of two updated PRAXIS exams. The first updated exam is the Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (5412), with a passing score of 146, which will replace the current exam (5411). The second adoption was the PRAXIS exam, School Superintendent Assessment (6991) test with a passing score of 162. The transition to these two PRAXIS exams will take place September 1, 2019.  

​​In December of 2019 there will be a release of public reports on Colorado educator preparation and the programs that prepare our new teachers.  Critical information that impacts your educator preparation programs (both IHEs and DAs), including a preview of prototype sections of the reports, are featured in this recorded webinar.

  • Read about recent recent improvements in PRAXIS outcomes here.​