Becoming a Teacher in Colorado
Teaching is a rewarding career. Colorado offers many options for high school graduates or people looking for a mid-career change. Join a traditional teaching program here in Colorado.
Teachers/Certified Positions: For all teaching/certified positions, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) conducts a fingerprint background check. CDE issues teaching licenses based on this background check. CDE communicates arrests to each district throughout employment. 27J does conduct a criminal background check at the time of hire. CDE requires fingerprints completed by a certified law enforcement agency. Below is link to CBI explaining the finger-printing process.
The Alternative Path to License
Alternative licensure targets post graduates holding at least bachelor's degree. Alternative licensure programs are growing across Colorado and serve as a path for career changes drawn to teaching.
Colorado Department of Education - Program Requirements (from CDE website)
- Background Check - Submit fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation
- Meet professional competence in a state-approved endorsement area for alternative licensure:
- For elementary candidates: Successfully pass the state-approved elementary content exam
- For special education candidates: Successfully pass the state-approved elementary content exam
- For early childhood candidates: Successfully pass the state-approved elementary content exam OR the state-approved early childhood content exam
- For K-12 endorsements and secondary endorsements: Hold a degree in the endorsement area from a regionally-accredited institution; OR Have 24 semester hours in the endorsement area, as outlined within the content evaluation worksheets; OR Earn a passing score on a state-approved assessment for the endorsement area.
- Obtain employment that matches the endorsement area in #2 above
- Select or be selected by a state-approved designated agency for alternative preparation.