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Educator Talent - Policy Updates

This webpage offers an overview of legislation passed in 2018 by the General Assembly and State Board of Education rule updates that will be implemented by the Educator Talent Division at CDE.  For all other policy updates, please visit the CDE Policy and Funding webpage. Information regarding implementation, grant opportunities and tools and resources for districts are available on this page. 

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Educator Talent Rules Updates

The State Board of Education approved updates to the Educator Licensure, Endorsement, and Effectiveness rules (1 CCR 301-37, 1 CCR 301-101, and 1 CCR 301-87 respectively) at their April 2019 meeting.  More detail on specific revisions can be found in the section below.

Process for requesting new or revised Educator Talent rules

The Educator Talent Division has outlined the process for ensuring that updates to licensure, endorsement, and educator effectiveness administrative rules are made as a result of a comprehensive needs assessment and stakeholder engagement. The State Board of Education's authority to approve rules is governed by both the Administrative Procedures Act and the State Board's Operating Procedures. Typically, a minimum of four months (6 to 9 months is more common) is required to establish new State Board rules or revise existing rules. To change a rule, add a new endorsement or for general information visit the Educator Talent Rules Process webpage to learn about the process and download the necessary forms to sponsor a proposal.

  • New Quality Standards - Updates to 1 CCR 301-37 included new rules for the Principal Quality Standards, Specialized Service Professionals Quality Standards and Administrator Endorsement.  Educator preparation programs must begin to align current programming to these new standards for any of their related endorsement programs during the 2019-20 academic year. All upcoming EPP reauthorizations will be aligned to these new standards. Updated standards can be found in the matrices available for download on the Standards Matrices page. The principal and administrator matrices are now available and the SSP matrices will be available by June 1st.

  • Teacher of Record License - 1 CCR 301-37 now includes rules for the Teacher of Record License that was created by HB18-1309.  More detailed information about this new license, as well as the Grow Your Own Educator Grant Program, can be found here.

  • Special Services Provider Intern Authorization - The Special Services Provider (SSP) Intern Authorization is valid for one year and previously could not be renewed.  New rules now allow this authorization to be renewed for an additional year if the intern is employed by a district or BOCES and has not completed the approved program of preparation due to unforeseen circumstances or hardship.

  • New PRAXIS Exams - At the May State Board of Education meeting, there was the adoption of two updated PRAXIS exams. The transition to these two PRAXIS exams will take place September 1, 2019. 

    • Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (PRAXIS 5412), with a passing score of 146, which will replace the current exam (5411).

    • School Superintendent Assessment (PRAXIS 6991) test with a passing score of 162. 


  • HB 18-1309 Programs Addressing Teacher Shortages - During the 2018 legislative session, changes were made to state law related to programs to address the teacher shortage.  This bill creates the teacher of record license and associated programs to allow candidates who have completed all, or substantially all, of the required coursework for completion of a bachelor's degree but have not yet completed teaching field work requirements to be hired as teachers of record.  CDE must create rules for the administration of the teacher record license and program.  These rules are included in the current Educator Talent rules that will be heard at the April 2019 State Board of Education meeting.

Amendments were also added to the special services intern authorization, and changes were made to the definitions of 'school counselor' and 'school health professional' to include a larger subset of educators in the relevant grant programs.  This bill also allows SSP intern authorizations to be renewed for a second year.

  • SB 18-229 Student Teacher Criminal History Checks - A new fingerprinting process for future educators who are completing field experience placements is now available.  This new process aligns with SB 18-229 regarding fingerprinting for future educators who are enrolled in Colorado educator preparation programs and placed in school districts as student teachers or alternative candidates.  While this new process will provide enhanced visbility of a field experience student's criminal history and potential barriers that their history may present in their pursuit of educational licensure, it is critical for for all stakeholders to understand that field experience students WILL NOT undergo a full background investigation based upon any criminal history results returned until they fully meet the requirements and submit an application for a CDE-issued credential. For details regarding this new process, visit the Fingerprinting for Student Teachers page

Information on educator fingerprinting for the Colorado Applicant Background Services (CABS) is available on the CDE Licensing Fingerprint Requirements page.

2018-2019 Educator Shortage Survey results now available - CDE surveyed the state’s school districts and BOCES about the employment of teachers and special services providers (SSPs) positions over the 2018-19 school year to provide a complete picture of how Colorado is being impacted by the educator shortage. View a summary of 2018-19 state-level educator shortage results with data provided separately for teaching and SSP positions and reported by teaching subject area, SSP category and district type (small rural, rural and non-rural). Detailed information about the number of positions filled by specific shortage mechanisms (including hiring long-term substitutes, retired educators, alternative licensure program candidates and emergency authorizations holders), the number of positions that went unfulfilled and recruiting strategies used is also available through the interactive dashboard on the Educator Shortage Survey Results webpage

Educator Shortage Funding Opportunities 

To help school districts, charter school and BOCES maximize the teacher shortage funding opportunities available and to see how they can be combined, each grant opportunity below will include the following icons to indicate: 

Funding opportunity for rural school districts 

Pending rule development

Grants available 

It can be combined with other funding opportunities

For a quick overview of available teacher shortage grants view the Teacher Shortage Funding Opportunities Fact Sheet.

Rural district, charter school, or BOCES within shortage area, in partnership with public or private institutes of higher education (IHE), may apply for funds to cover cost of attendance in approved educator preparation program.  For additional information, please visit Colorado Center for Rural Education's Stipends for Rural Educators webpage.   


The goal of this program is to identify and communicate to school districts, charter schools, and BOCES the best practices, effective strategies, and critical components of effective teacher residency programs and thereby facilitate expansion of the effective teacher residency programs across the state.  This bill provides funds to CDE to contract with institutes of higher education (IHEs) and alternative teacher programs who are currently operating effective teacher residency programs with local education providers (LEPs).  The IHEs and alternative programs will expand their respective programs with other LEPs as pilot programs that must include specified components.  CDE will annually submit a report to the State Board of Education, Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Colorado Department of Higher Education, Governor's Office, and education committees of the General Assembly on the effectiveness of the program. 

The application process for Expanding Effective Teacher Residency Programs is now closed.  The following IHEs and alternative teacher preparation programs were awarded grants to be implemented over three years.

  • Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC):  $264,000
  • University of Colorado Denver:  $205,000
  • Western State Colorado University:  $129,047


Provides funds to great local Grow Your Own Educator programs in conjunction with the teacher of record program and license.  More detailed information can be found here.


$2 million has been provided by the state to invest in partnerships among educator preparation programs and schools, districts, or BOCES to invest in initiatives that address teacher shortages in Colorado.    


This grant program provides school districts, charter schools, and BOCES the opportunity to implement a wide variety of locally appropriate strategies to improve their ability to successfully retain teachers. More detailed information can be found here.


Stipends for teachers in rural areas for alternative preparation courses; concurrent enrollment certification, National Board Teacher certification, or special services provider certification.  Managed by the Colorado Center for Rural Education.  For additional information, please visit Colorado Center for Rural Education's Stipends for Rural Educators webpage


The 2017-2018 Colorado Center for Rural Education (CCRE) Stipend Report and Executive Summary are available below.  The Stipend Report provides a comprehensive review of each of the four stipends CCRE has awarded to rural educators since January 2017 (Colorado Rural Teaching Stipends, Concurrent Enrollment Educator Qualification Stipends, National Board Certified Teacher Stipends, and Rural Alternative Licensure Stipends).  The Executive Summary summarizes key points of the report in a one-page handout.