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English Learner PD Requirements - Information for Educators

Current Professionally Certified Educators

To help better support students in Colorado who are English language learners, the State Board of Education adopted new rules in June 2018 requiring educators with elementary, math, science, social studies and English language arts endorsements to complete Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education training or professional development (PD). Educators holding these endorsements must meet the new licensing requirement:

  • Within their next five-year license renewal period
    (For example, teachers holding a professional license that expires in September 2018 would need to meet the requirements by September 2023. See below for more examples of the timeline for meeting this requirement.)
  • Only once over the course of their professional licensure as a teacher in Colorado.

Navigate the English Learner Educator Licensure Requirements

What is the English Learner PD requirement

Educators must demonstrate completion of training or professional development activities equivalent to 45 clock/contact hours or three semester hours in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education. Educators with previous CLD training or past experience can count it toward meeting their:

  1. new English Learner Professional Development requirement,
    and
  2. their 90 clock hours of professional development requirement for renewing their educator license.

For more detailed information on the process for renewing a professional teaching license and how to document professional development, please see the Professional Teacher Renewal Checklist.

Teachers can currently satisfy this requirement with:

Individual PD Verification

  • For educators with previous CLD training or professional development, the English Learner PD Standards Matrix (XLS) must be completed and submitted with the professional license renewal application.
  • Past PD can be counted, even if it was already used to satisfy license renewal requirements.
  • Of the 45 clock/contact hours CLD requirement, up to 10 clock hours (equivalent) of relevant work experience can be counted toward this requirement. For work experience, a signed letter from the relevant supervisory verifying the work experience must be submitted along with the matrix.

Future EL PD options for teachers will include:

Approved EL Program

  • Teachers will have the option to complete an approved English Learner Professional Development program to meet this new requirement and will be issued a single certificate to submit with their license renewal application.
  • School districts, BOCES, charter schools and other PD providers have the option to seek approval from CDE to offer a program for educators that satisfies these requirements.
  • English Learner Professional Development programs will be listed on this webpage as they are approved.

Preparation Programs

  • Teachers will have the option to complete training through an educator preparation program to meet their English Learner Professional Development requirement.
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education PD will be listed on this webpage as it becomes available.


Future Educators

The new rules were just adopted in June 2018, educator preparation programs are in the process of demonstrating to CDE they have incorporated 90 clock hours of course work/practicum that address these new standards. Future graduates will receive an Approved Program Verification (APV) form from their educator preparation program indicating they met the new English Learner Professional Development requirement.


By When Do I Have to Do This?

As an educator, you are likely wondering if, when, and how these new requirements apply to you. Below is a table of examples illustrating when the professional development requirements must be met for educators who do not already hold a CLD or related endorsement or have not completed an educator preparation program that meets these requirements. Remember that these requirements only apply to educators endorsed in elementary, math, science, social studies, or English language arts.

Scenario

PD requirements must be met by

Explanation

Teacher A holds an alternative license with a mathematics endorsement that will expire in May of 2019.

May 2027

When an alternative license holder advances to an initial license, the initial license is valid for three years. After completion of an induction program, the initially licensed educator advances to a professional license at which time the 5 year renewal cycle begins for the EL PD requirement. The requirement must be met upon renewal of the professional license.

Teacher B holds an initial license with a science endorsement that will expire in May of 2019.

May 2024

After completion of an induction program, the initially licensed educator advances to a professional license at which time the 5 year renewal cycle begins for the EL PD requirement. The requirement must be met upon renewal of the professional license.

Teacher C holds a professional license with an elementary education endorsement that will expire in May of 2019.

May 2024

Even though this license expires in the year these requirements take effect, this educator has not had a full renewal cycle under these requirements. The full 5 year renewal cycle starts with the renewal of the professional license in 2019.

Teacher D holds a professional license with an English language arts endorsement that will expire in September of 2018.

September 2023

Same as above

Teacher E holds a professional license with a social studies endorsement that will expire in May of 2022.

May 2027

This license would have been issued/renewed in 2017, which was before these requirements went into effect. Therefore, the full 5 year renewal cycle for the purposes of these requirements begins at the next renewal in 2022.

Teacher F holds a professional license with a math endorsement that will expire in September of 2023.

September 2023

This license was issued/renewed in September of 2018 after these requirements went into effect. Therefore, the full 5 year renewal cycle for the purposes of these requirements began at the time of issuance/renewal.


Waivers

A waiver from the requirements will be made available for educators teaching in districts or charter schools authorized by the Charter School Institute (CSI) with an average English learner population over a three year period of 2 percent or less. The waiver can be requested by the district superintendent or principal of a CSI authorized charter school. More detailed information will be made available regarding the waiver process at a later date.

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