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.

    University of Northern Colorado

    Metro State

    CU Boulder


    Colorado Christian

    CU Denver

    Colorado Department of Education

    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)

      1. Background Check - Submit fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation
      2. Meet professional competence in a state-approved endorsement area for alternative licensure:
      3. For elementary candidates: Successfully pass the state-approved elementary content exam
      4. For special education candidates: Successfully pass the state-approved elementary content exam
      5. For early childhood candidates: Successfully pass the state-approved elementary content exam OR the state-approved early childhood content exam
      6. 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.
      7. Obtain employment that matches the endorsement area in #2 above
      8. Select or be selected by a state-approved designated agency for alternative preparation.

    CDE Alternative License Webpage

    CDE Alternative FAQ

    Colorado Alt License Programs

    PEBC - Boettcher Teacher Program