How to Qualify for Licensure
For initial licensure in Colorado, all candidates must:
- hold the appropriate degree for the license or endorsement program completed at a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a degree earned at an equivalent foreign institution of higher education
- complete an approved educator preparation program
- pass an accepted subject area exam for their certification area, such as one of The Praxis Series® tests
- submit the appropriate application forms and fees
If you test in Colorado, your score report will be sent automatically to the Colorado State Department of Education. If you test outside of Colorado, select the Colorado State Department of Education (state code 7040) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.
An applicant from another state or country may be issued a Colorado Initial License if their qualifications meet or exceed the requirements of the Colorado State Board of Education and they have met the following:
- completion of the appropriate degree from a regionally accredited institution with the experience and educational level for the license and endorsement requested
- completion of a state-approved program at a regionally accredited out-of-state institution in the endorsement area sought
completion of other state-authorized educator preparation programs (Alternative Programs)
- eligibility for a standard certificate or license issued by the state education agency or other legally designated licensing agency of the preparing state
- evidence of satisfactory completion of the Colorado State Board of Education adopted assessments appropriate to the license requested
Who Must Take the Tests?
Praxis® Subject Assessments (formerly the Praxis II® tests)
All candidates applying for initial licensure are required to have demonstrated professional competencies in subject areas as specified by rules and regulations of the Colorado State Board of Education by passing a content knowledge assessment in their subject area, pursuant to Section 22-60.5-203 C.R.S.
If an applicant has or has held a standard educator license/certificate in another state and has had three or more years of full-time, consecutive, successful evaluated out-of-state experience in the requested licensing area, as verified by the out-of-state employing school or school district, an applicant will be exempt from taking a content knowledge assessment.
If an applicant is eligible for or has held a standard educator license/certificate in another state and has not had three or more years of full-time, consecutive, successful evaluated out-of-state experience in the requested licensing area, as verified by the out-of-state employing school or school district, an applicant will have to take a content knowledge assessment.
- About the Praxis Tests
- The Praxis Series® Information Bulletin
- Prepare for a Test
- Register for a Test
- Alternate Route to Licensure
- Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs