Overview of Colorado Testing Requirements

How to Qualify for Licensure

For initial licensure in Colorado, all candidates must:

  • hold an earned bachelor’s or higher degree from an accepted institution of higher education
  • complete an approved teacher preparation program at an accepted institution of higher education
  • demonstrate the subject matter knowledge necessary for teaching in the endorsement area for:
    • Elementary education teachers (grades K–6), including special education generalists (ages 5–21), by passage of a Colorado State Board of Education-approved elementary content test.
    • Secondary teachers (grades 7–12) and teachers of all K–12 and PreK–12 endorsement areas for ages birth–8 by:
      • holding an earned bachelor’s or higher degree in the endorsement area; or
      • passage of the Colorado State Board of Education-approved assessment of content area knowledge relevant to the person’s area of endorsement; or
      • twenty-four semester hours of specific coursework as demonstrated through transcript evaluation in the endorsement area
  • submit the appropriate application forms and fees

For information regarding requirements for specific licenses or endorsements, please visit the Colorado Department of Education’s Endorsement Requirements page.

Important Information

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.

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