Colorado - Educator Preparation and Licensure: Educator Licensure Authority

Educator Licensure Authority
Policy Type: 

The Colorado State Board of Education oversees the Colorado teacher certification process and dictates the requirements needed in order to become certified within the state.


The statutory basis for these Rules adopted May 12, 1994, is found in 22-2-107(1)(c), State Board-Powers, 22-60.5-101, et.seq., C.R.S., the Colorado Educator Licensing Act of 1991 and 22-2-109(1), State Board-Additional Duties. These Rules establish the standards and criteria for the issuance of licenses and authorizations to teachers, special services providers, principals, and administrators. The Act calls for the State Board of Education to adopt rules for a three-tiered system of licensure for education personnel which includes an Initial License for entry-level educators, a Professional License for experienced educators, and a voluntary Master Certificate for outstanding educators.

Adopting Authority: 
State Board of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Board of Education
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