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Application Checklists

Before you begin ...

Review the checklist associated with the license or authorization you are seeking (below). All applications require items such as transcripts, worksheets, score reports and/or signed documents. You will not be able to complete an application without them.

Important Notes:

  • An application is deemed complete when CDE has received all required information, documentation and fees.
  • By submitting an application, you are verifying that the application is complete, that all requested documentation has been provided and that all questions within have been answered truthfully.
  • CDE will contact you within 45 days of receipt of your application should additional information be required to complete and evaluate your application. You then will have 60 days in order to submit the information, request consideration or withdraw your application, or the application will expire and you will need to reapply.
  • If we do not receive your background checks within 60 days of your application, your application will expire and you will need to reapply.
  • State statute prohibits the refunding of any application evaluation fee.
  • Once you have submitted an application, check your status online regularly for notifications, updates and/or to print a copy of your certificate.

I want to apply for a:

License Type: Authorization Type:

Teacher License

Apply

Renew

Substitute Teacher Authorization

Apply or Renew

Special Services Provider (SSP) License

Note: special education teachers should complete the teacher application
 
Apply

Renew

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Authorization

Apply

Renew/Reinstate

Principal License

For building-level leaders (principal, assistant principal)

Apply

Renew

All Other Initial Authorizations (first time requested in Colorado)

Apply

Administrator License

For district-level leaders (superintendent, director of special education or director of gifted education)

Apply

Renew

* Please note: The administrator license is not for principals (see "principal" section above).

All Other Authorization Renewals

Renew

Add an Endorsement to an Existing License