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Licensing Office

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Licensing Office

The Educator Talent Licensing Office provides Colorado educators with certification, by evaluating applications and issuing licenses and authorizations to qualifying individuals.

Four primary license types – teachers, principals, administrators and special services providers – are issued with one or more of 60-plus endorsements, pending license type and applicant qualifications.

In addition, 12 types of authorizations, including 34 different Career and Technical Education (CTE) credentials are also offered.


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The Licensing Office is now part of the Educator Talent Unit. Learn more about Educator Talent.

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Apply Now:

Step 1: Please do not skip this step. Your application may require completion of a CDE form in order to be processed.

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Step 2:

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What license or authorization do you currently hold?

  • Log in to eLicensing to find out what certifications you hold.

Licenses & Authorizations Glossary


Look here for the latest information/news about educator preparation and licensure.

  • Learn more about the Teacher Oath Requirement (per Senate Bill 17-296)
  • Helping educators teach English Language Learners
    In early 2017, the Colorado State Board of Education directed CDE to explore new flexible professional development pathways for new and current teachers to better serve students with English language education needs. Learn more about the proposed increase in professional development for all teachers.
  • Revised Process for Alternative Teacher Licensure Candidates
    Effective Dec. 1, 2017, CDE will no longer issue a physical statement of eligibility memo to verify a that a candidate meets endorsement requirements. Instead, an "alternative license pending employment/program" status will be reflected online via a candidate's personal eLicensing account, a district's HR verification access and the public credential search. SOEs issued prior to Dec. 1 will be honored provided the endorsement area identified is current at the time of application for an alternative license. More information is outlined on our Alternative Teacher Candidates: What You Need to Know page.



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Professional Services & Educator Licensure
6000 E Evans Ave
Building #2, Suite 100
Denver, CO 80222
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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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