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Colorado issues four license types - teacher principal, administrator and special services, with one or more of 60 endorsements, depending on license type and applicant qualifications - and 14 different authorizations, including substitute, emergency and career and technical education (CTE).

To apply:

  1. Select the button below that represents the credential you would like to apply for or renew - or the role you would like to pursue - to review requirements.
  2. Select the header of the credential type to review the application checklist to submit an application.
  3. Candidates who completed a teacher, principal, administrator or special services program outside Colorado and who are applying for their first Colorado credential of that type, select the Out-of-State button.


all teacher types: alternative, teacher of record, interim, initial, professional, renewals


school SLP, audiologist, psychologist, OT, PT, RN, O&M specialist, social work, counselor


 initial, professional, authorization for alternative preparation


Related Information and Requirements

link to fingerprinting information

Content Exam Requirements

Register for PRAXIS exams


out-of-state/international applicants: first-time Colorado teacher, principal, administrator, special services


substitute, emergency, TEE, SLPA, adjunct, SSP intern, educational interpreter, JROTC and more


administrator, director/special education, director/gifted education



Diverse group of educators standing in line holding books and tablets.

Additional Services



Resources for District/BOCES Leaders

  • The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) presents the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE), a common language of ethics developed by educators for educators regarding professional practice. Ideal for in-service training or professional learning communities (PLCs). Get started with the following resources:
    • MCEE video features the educators who helped develop the MCEE and speaks to the importance of the code and its application in the classroom
    • DistruptEd is a two-part video conversation with Troy Hutchings and Phil Rogers about the Code of Ethics (Part 1 and Part 2)
    • Contact NASDTEC at with questions or comments.



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For questions, submit a Licensing Support Request form or call 720-739-3304 (7:30 am to 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday).