English Learner Educator Licensure Requirements
In order to ensure that all Colorado educators are well equipped to teach Colorado’s diverse student population, the Colorado State Board of Education approved new rules for educator licensure. Educators will be required to document 45 clock (contact) hours of applicable professional development in the four quality standards and eight elements for supporting the learning of culturally and linguistically diverse students in their next full renewal cycle.
- If you have been issued a professional license on or after September 1, 2018, you will need to meet this requirement the next time you renew your license – meaning you have at least 5 years to fulfill this requirement. CDE’s full text can be viewed at:
Who needs to meet these requirements?
Required: Professionally-licensed educators in math, science, social studies, English & elementary education.
If you already hold an active Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education endorsement (or CLD Bilingual, LDE or LDE Bilingual) on your teaching license, you have already met this requirement and do not need to document 45 hours of professional learning.
You will only need to meet this requirement once.
The activities used to satisfy this requirement can also be counted toward the 90 clock hours of PD for any professional license renewal.
Optional for all other educators, including special services providers, principals & administrators.
What are the standards?
Each standard/element must be addressed, but there is no minimum requirement per standard/ element.
5.12 Quality Standard I:
Educators are knowledgeable about CLD populations.
5.13 Quality Standard II:
Educators should be knowledgeable in first and second language acquisition.
5.12(1) ELEMENT A: Educators are knowledgeable in, understand, and able to apply the major theories, concepts and research related to culture, diversity and equity in order to support academic access and opportunity for CLD student populations.
5.12(2) ELEMENT B: Educators are knowledgeable in, understand, and able to use progress monitoring in conjunction with formative and summative assessments to support student learning.
5.13(1) ELEMENT A: Educators are able to understand and implement strategies and select materials to aid in English language and content learning.
5.13(2) ELEMENT B: Educators are knowledgeable of, understand, and able to apply the major theories, concepts and research related to culture, diversity and equity in order to support academic access and opportunity for CLD student populations.
5.14 Quality Standard III:
Educators should understand literacy development for CLD students.
5.15 Quality Standard IV:
Educators are knowledgeable in the teaching strategies, including methods, materials, and assessment for CLD students.
5.14(1) ELEMENT A: Educators are knowledgeable in, understand, and able to apply the major theories, concepts and research related to literacy development for CLD students.
5.14(2) ELEMENT B: Educators understand and implement strategies and select materials to aid in English language and content learning.
5.15(1) ELEMENT A: Educators are knowledgeable in, understand and able to use the major theories, concepts and research related to language acquisition and language development for CLD students.
5.15(2) ELEMENT B: Educators are knowledgeable in, understand, and able to use progress monitoring in conjunction with formative and summative assessments to support student learning.
How can these requirements be met?
Educators can satisfy these requirements in the following ways:
Approved EL PD Program
Individual PD Verification (Includes 27J Professional Learning)
Educator License preparation programs are currently in the process of demonstrating to CDE that they have incorporated 90 clock hours of course work/practicum that address the new standards.
CDE will issue an Approved Program Verification (APV) form to future graduates that met this requirement though the prep program.
If an educator has met this requirement through the preparation program, the PD requirement (next to columns) does not need to be met for professional license renewal.
School districts, BOCES, charter schools and other PD providers have the optional to seek approval from CDE to offer a complete program for educators that satisfy these requirements.
Approved programs will be listed on CDE’s website as they are identified.
When an educator completes an approved program, they will be issued a single certificate to submit with their license renewal application.
If an educator has not met the requirements through the options in the previous columns, the educator will need to complete and submit the *CDE EL PD standards matrix with the professional license renewal application.
Previous PD can be used to satisfy license renewal requirements.
Up to 10 clock hours of relevant work experience can be counted toward this requirement. If using work experience, a signed letter from the relevant supervisor verifying the work experience must be submitted along with the matrix.
*Available for download from
How can 27J help you meet these requirements?
Past 27J EL professional development can be applied to these new CDE requirements.
27J Re-licensure certificates are not automatically sent out after each professional learning session. Staff members are now able to print certificates through the GoSignMeUp portal. Please contact Beth York at ext. 2957 with any questions regarding certificates and/or the portal.
Re-licensure credit is listed as either “credit hours” or “contact hours”. (One credit hour equals 15 contact hours.)
You will need to identify which quality standard(s) each session applies to in the EL PD Standards Matrix (referenced above)
Starting in the Spring of 2018-2019 academic year, 27J EL professional learning will have the applicable quality standard(s) identified on the re-licensure certificate.
You can sign up for current workshop offerings in GoSignMeUp
For questions or additional information: please contact Lucia Gonzales, EL Instructional Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 2825 or Melissa Fike, Professional Learning Instructional Specialist, email@example.com, ext. 2804