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Educator Preparation Programs Report

Interactive dashboard enables analysis of Educator Preparation Programs


The Colorado Educator Preparation Programs Report (EPP Report) provides information about the effectiveness of programs that train teachers, principals and special service providers in our state. Historically, the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) prepared and released this report. Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, and as required by a statutory change, C.R.S. 22-2-112(1)(q), an expanded version of the EPP Report featuring an interactive dashboard will be released by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), in collaboration with CDHE, with additional metrics that track new teachers in Colorado's workforce.

The new expanded version of the report will continue to feature information about traditional educator preparation programs, which include public and private university programs authorized and overseen by the Colorado Commission of Higher Education, Colorado State Board of Education, CDHE and CDE. Data about alternative educator preparation programs are also included. These programs serve educator candidates who already hold a bachelor's degree but still need coursework and training in education and are under the sole authority of the Colorado State Board of Education and CDE. The statutory change required that the EPP Report feature new metrics that include employment in Colorado public schools, on-the-job performance and retention of new teachers. For this year’s EPP Report, student academic growth data were not available, but they will be included in future releases.

Educator Preparation Programs Report

Detailed information about educator preparation program enrollment and completion as well as employment, employment context, performance and retention of new teachers in Colorado for 2013-14 to 2017-18 academic years, varying by metric, is available in the interactive dashboard. The interactive dashboard is not intended to be used on a mobile device. Downloadable Excel files are also available for:

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View a summary of the most recent EPP Report for detailed information about the rationale for the expanded scope of the report and important findings.

Report highlights

Highlights from the summary report: 

  • Overall enrollment in Colorado educator preparation programs increased by 5.8% during the past three years from 11,298 in 2015-16 to 11,949 in 2017-18.
  • Colorado’s pool of educators-in-training continues to be predominately white and female. The total number of enrollees across Colorado, identifying as Hispanic has increased from 13.6% (1,536) to 15.1% (1,806) from 2015-16 to 2017-18, teacher candidates are predominately non-Hispanic whites.
  • Creditably, alternative licensure programs are attracting a relatively high proportion of male candidates: approximately one out of three, or 35.3%, for the 2017-18 academic year, alternative licensure candidates are male compared to about one out of five, or 22.3%, of traditional route candidates.
  • In the statewide teacher shortage areas of secondary mathematics, secondary science and K-12 special education generalist, the number of completers has increased during the past three years. In 2015-16, there were 597 completers in these endorsement areas; and in 2017-18, there were 644, representing an increase of 7.8%. Overall, completion in educator programs increased from 3,309 in 2015-16 to 3,426 in 2017-18, representing an increase of 3.5%.
  • The in-state placement rate of new teachers was 66.1% for the 2017-18 cohort, which is a 5-10 percentage point increase over each of the prior two cohorts. Please note that the in-state placement rate only includes those hired at a Colorado public school.
  • During the past three years, the largest employers of the statewide cohorts have been Denver Public Schools, Jefferson County Public Schools, Douglas County School District and Aurora Public Schools. In the 2017-18 cohort - the most recent data available - these four districts hired nearly four of every 10 (38%) new teachers finishing at Colorado Educator Preparation Programs.
  • In the most recent cohort, 2017-18, over a third of these new teachers were employed in schools with high levels of poverty (35.7%), minority students (38.1%) and/or English-language learners (37.8%).
  • For members of the 2016-17 cohort evaluated on the original teacher quality standards (TQS) rubric, whose evaluation ratings were reported to CDE, the vast majority received an overall performance rating of either Effective (44.4%) or Highly Effective (12.6%) -- the top two ratings. Of the new teachers evaluated on the revised TQS with ratings reported to CDE, the vast majority also received an overall performance rating of either Effective (54.8%) or Highly Effective (5.2%), showing a drop in the level of teachers in the Highly Effective category under the revised rubric.
  • For the 2015-16 cohort, two years of retention data are available for reporting. In this cohort’s second year of teaching, 2017-18, seven out of 10 teachers continued to teach in the same school, eight out of 10 continued to teach in the same district and nine out of 10 continued to teach in the Colorado public school system. The following year of retention data (2018-19), which is this cohort’s third year of teaching, shows that 53% of the cohort continued to teach in the same school, another 8% continued to teach in the same district but in a different school and 15% taught elsewhere in Colorado’s public schools. An additional 2% who had left the teaching workforce in the prior year returned to it.

To view Educator Preparation Reports from previous years, visit the CDHE's Reports & Publications website and filter by Educator Preparation category