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Credentialing Guide for Out-of-State Applicants

Important Clarifications for Applicants Who Hold Out-of-State Credentials

Educator licenses do not “transfer” to Colorado across state lines. Any holder of an educator license issued by another state, including a professional license of any kind, may meet or exceed Colorado’s requirements for the license and/or endorsement area(s) sought in one of the following ways:

1. If you hold a valid teacher license (not substitute, temporary, emergency, provisional or probationary) issued by another state that carries an identical endorsement to one issued by Colorado AND have three years' full-time licensed teaching experience in that state within the past seven, Colorado will issue a professional license with the identical endorsement requested.

2. If you do not meet ALL of the requirements outlined above, Colorado is then required to evaluate a candidate's application for the content area(s) of preparation, as verified on an approved program verification form, if we issue a comparable or equivalent endorsement.  If not, we certainly will work with you to determine the appropriate content area(s). Other endorsements may be added upon application and meeting the requirements for each. 

So what do I need to do?

Select the type of license or authorization you wish to receive from the list of application types. Follow the checklist and obtain copies of all documentation listed. For licenses, this will include copies of official transcripts for all college- or university-level coursework, and may include copies of licenses (current or expired) or an approved program verification form.

Will I need to take a content exam? 

The answer to this question depends on the requested license and endorsement area(s). Any test requirement(s) will be determined upon  review of a completed application so that your
degree, previous test information information and educator preparation program(s) may be considered.

If I qualify, what type of Colorado credential will I receive?

All applications from educators who hold credentials in other states/countries will be evaluated based on the documentation provided in the application, including educator preparation program, official transcripts, licensure history and work experience. Thus, please be sure to include all requested information and complete all requested fields within the application. Generally speaking:

 Professional License: If an applicant meets the requirements for a Colorado license and has at least three years' full-time, licensed experience in the past seven years in the state in which they were licensed, Colorado likely will issue a professional-level (5-year) license.

Initial License: Those who meet the requirements with less than three years of full-time, licensed experience likely will receive an initial-level (3-year) license.

Interim Authorization: An Interim Authorization is issued to a first-time applicant who holds or is eligible to hold a license in another state, but who does not have the three or more years of full-time, licensed experience (as detailed above) or who has not demonstrated content mastery via the Colorado State Board of Education-approved content exam(s) for those endorsement area(s) -- or both -- thereby allowing the candidate to work in Colorado schools while also giving him/her a year’s time to prepare for and take the required exam(s).  An interim authorization may be renewed only once. Upon successful completion of the content exam(s), an applicant may then apply for an initial license.

Please note: Interim Authorizations cannot be issued to applicants applying for Special Services Provider (SSP) licenses; these educators must fully meet requirements for an initial or professional license.

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