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Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathway Applicants Advancing from an Initial Authorization to Professional Authorization

Preparing to Apply

Am I in the Right Place?

This checklist is for applicants who hold an initial CTE authorization and are seeking to advance to a CTE Professional authorization. If you already hold a CTE Professional authorization in Colorado, or your authorization has lapsed for more than 2 years, please review the other checklists and make the appropriate selection.

Plan Ahead

  • You will need electronic copies of all documentation.
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  • Allow ample time to request any third party transcripts or other documentation.

Application Fee:

$90.00 in-state

$110.00 out-of-state

License Expires:

5 years from date of issue


Checklist

Identification

  • In most cases, additional fingerprinting is not required for this type of application.
    • If you already hold a valid, CDE-issued educational credential and have consistently maintained an active credential (authorization or license) since you submitted your fingerprints, you can skip this step. We reserve the right to evaluate your application for adherence to the fingerprint requirements and will notify you by email should any follow-up be needed.
    • If you have submitted fingerprints for CDE credentialing in the past, but allowed all credentials to lapse and have held no active credential for a period exceeding 1 year, you must submit a new set of fingerprints.

View Fingerprinting Instructions )

Education

  • State statute requires that you submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.  This would include any transfer credits.
    • Transcripts must include all required coursework assigned by CDE when you were issued your initial CTE authorization.( View Transcript Requirements )
  • Transcripts from institutions outside the US must be in English or include an authentic English translation, and have been evaluated by an established credential evaluation service as selected by CDE for course equivalence. CDE currently only accepts evaluations completed by a NACES member.
  • Obtain copies of current or expired educator licenses/authorizations.
    • This is required for out-of-state applicants and strongly encouraged for in-state applicants.
  • For those seeking to advance their Initial CTE authorization in an Integrated area (Mathematics, Communications, Sciences), a 75 hour internship or externship is required. This verification form is required to be completed and submitted with the application.

Employment

  • Within the application you must include employment history for at least the past 5 years.
    • Include employer/business name, dates of employment, reason for leaving, work addresses, supervisor names, and contact information.
    • Include teaching experience from more than 5 years ago, if you have it.

Self-Disclosure

  • If applicable, obtain supporting documentation on the following:
    • Past criminal history
    • Disciplinary actions
    • Any issues related to licensure or employment

    View Self-Disclosure Requirements )


Register and Apply

Once you have gathered all of the information listed above, you are ready to begin the online application process! Just register for the eLicensing system or, if you are already registered, log in.

Then, select the application titled "Career & Technical Education (CTE)" to get started.

Register   or, if already registered,    Log In

 

For questions, email CDELicensing@cde.state.co.us or call 303-866-6628.

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