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Aspiring Educators

Becoming a First-Time Educator in Colorado

Colorado educators make a difference every day in the lives of their students and the communities they serve. If you have the drive and commitment to become an educator, you'll find that there's an educator preparation program that meets your specific needs and experience.

Pathways to Becoming an Educator

There are two pathways you can follow to become an educator in Colorado.

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Path 1: Complete a traditional educator preparation program

Path 2: Complete an alternative educator preparation program for teachers or principals

Alternative Educator Preparation Programs were created for aspiring educators who already have specific content expertise but need training to learn how to deliver instruction.

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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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