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IHEs: Developing an Educator Preparation Program or Adding an Endorsement to an Existing Program

Welcome! If you’re reading this, then you’re interested in either:

  • Developing an educator preparation program at an Institute of Higher Education (IHE) or
  • Adding an endorsement to an existing program at an IHE.

On this page, you'll find a brief overview of the process and pathway you'll use to develop an educator preparation program or add an endorsement to an existing program.

Overview of the Process

Completion of preparation programs at IHEs lead to an array of licensure endorsement possibilities for candidates. The Colorado Department of education (CDE) and the Department of Higher Education (DHE) both play a role in the authorization and reauthorization processes of IHE-based licensure programs.

If you have questions pertaining to degree requirements or if you are looking for information on becoming a new Institute of Higher Education in Colorado, please contact DHE. This information applies only to IHEs looking to create traditional educator preparation programs or IHEs that have existing traditional educator preparation programs that wish to add a new endorsement to a program. Example of programs and endorsements include Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD), Math, Science, Gifted Education, Special Service Professionals (SSP), and so on.

Traditional preparation programs offered through IHEs provide a pathway for developing educators in Colorado. IHEs that offer traditional educator preparation programs are charged with preparing the breadth of licensed personnel who serve Colorado’s children. Each IHE has a unique teaching and learning mission that guides the way that they serve educator candidates across the state.

Pathway to Developing an Educator Preparation Program or Adding an Endorsement

Flow chart depicting the steps to creating an Ed Prep program or adding a new endorsement to an existing program.

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