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Educator Preparation Programs Report

Interactive dashboard enables analysis of Educator Preparation Programs


The Colorado Educator Preparation Programs Report (EPP Report) provides information about the effectiveness of programs that train teachers, principals and special service providers in our state. Historically, the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) prepared and released this report. Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, and as required by a statutory change, C.R.S. 22-2-112(1)(q), an expanded version of the EPP Report featuring an interactive dashboard was developed and released by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), in collaboration with CDHE, with additional metrics that track new teachers in Colorado's workforce, including employment in Colorado public schools, on-the-job performance and retention of new teachers. New to the report in the 2021-22 academic year are metrics related to licensure exam pass rates. 

The new expanded version of the report features information about traditional educator preparation programs, which include public and private university programs authorized and overseen by the Colorado Commission of Higher Education, Colorado State Board of Education, CDHE and CDE, and alternative educator preparation programs, which are authorized and overseen by the Colorado State Board of Education and CDE. Alternative preparation programs serve educator candidates who already hold a bachelor's degree but still need coursework and training in education. 

Educator Preparation Programs Report

Detailed information about educator preparation program enrollment and completion as well as employment, employment context, performance, retention and licensure exam pass rates for new teachers in Colorado for 2015-16 to 2019-2020 academic years, varying by metric, is available in the interactive dashboard. (Please note that the interactive dashboard is not intended to be used on a mobile device.)  Important background information about the report is contained on the General Report Information tab and additional detail about specific metrics is available on each dashboard. Downloadable Excel files are also available for:

Report highlights

The EPP report containing data spanning the five-year period 2015-16 to 2019-20 is now available. Highlights include: 

  • Overall enrollment in Colorado educator preparation programs increased by 4.1% during the past five years from 11,224 in 2015-16 to 11,683 in 2019-20.
  • Colorado’s pool of educators-in-training continues to be predominately white and female. The proportion and total number of enrollees across Colorado identifying as Hispanic has increased from 13.5% (1,518) to 18.4% (2,155) from 2015-16 to 2019-20 and those identifying as two or more races increased from 2.6% (290) to 3.8% (440).
  • As in previous years, in 2019-20 alternative licensure programs attracted a relatively high proportion of male candidates: approximately one out of three, or 33.3%, alternative licensure candidates were male compared to 21.3% of traditional route candidates.
  • Overall, completion across all educator preparation programs increased 1.6% from 3,152 in 2015-16 to 3,201 in 2019-20.
  • The following patterns were observed for completions in specific statewide teacher shortage areas:
    • In special education, the number of completers has increased substantially during the past five years. In this area, there were 222 completers in 2015-16 and 324 in 2019-20, an increase of 45.9%. A large part of this increase is due to the large special education enrollment in alternative programs where the number of completers grew from 69 to 152 during this period.
    • In early childhood education, during this five-year period the number of completers grew from 156 to 182, an increase of 16.7%.
    • In mathematics education, there was little change. There were 167 completers in 2015-16 and 164 (including middle school and secondary mathematics) in 2019-20.
  • For the 2019-20 cohort, licensure pass rates on the elementary education reading and language arts sub-test was 95.5% overall and 80.6% on first attempt, and on the mathematics sub-test was 94.6% overall and 76.6% on first attempt. For this cohort, on the middle school math test the pass rate was 96.2% overall and 80.8% on first attempt, while for the secondary math test (covering both middle and high school content) the pass rate was 83.2% overall and 61.0% on first attempt.
  • The in-state placement rate of new teachers was 64.0% for the 2019-20 cohort, which is an increase from 61.9% five years ago, although a decrease from the previous year’s high of 66.0%. The in-state placement rate has ranged between 58.1% and 66.0% over the five-year period. Please note that the in-state placement rate only includes those hired at a Colorado public school.
  • During the past five years, the largest employers of the statewide cohorts have been Denver Public Schools, Jefferson County Public Schools, Douglas County School District and Aurora Public Schools. In the 2019-20 cohort - the most recent data available - these five districts hired one of every five (20.1%) new teachers finishing at Colorado educator preparation programs.
  • In the 2019-20 cohort, more than one third of the new teachers were employed in schools with high levels of poverty (36.7%), high proportions of minority students (37.9%) and/or high proportions of English-language learners (35.9%). This represents a slight increase over prior years in the placement of new teachers in schools with the most at-risk students.
  • For the 2015-16 cohort, four years of retention data are reported. In this cohort’s second year of teaching, 2017-18, seven out of 10 (71.6%) teachers continued to teach in the same school, approximately eight out of 10 (78.5%) continued to teach in the same district and nearly nine out of 10 (86.9%) continued to teach in Colorado's public school system. In this cohort’s third year of teaching, 2018-19, 54.1% of the cohort continued to teach in the same school, another 8.3% taught at a different school within the same district and another 14.6% taught elsewhere in Colorado’s public schools. An additional 2.3% who had left the teaching workforce in the prior year returned to it. In this cohort’s fourth year of teaching, 2019-20, 42.0% were still teaching in the same school and an additional 8.8% were still teaching in the same district. Another 17.2% were teaching elsewhere in Colorado’s public schools and 4.5% who had left the teaching workforce returned to it. In this cohort’s fifth year of teaching, 34.9% continued to teach in the same school and another 9.8% continued to teach in the same district. An additional 17.8% continued to teach in Colorado’s public schools and 5.8% who had left the teaching workforce returned to it. In all, over two-thirds (68.3%) of the 2015-16 cohort were still teaching in Colorado public schools five years later.

The Educator Preparation Program Report executive summary issued in 2020-21 and 2019-2020 are available online. To access EPP reports issued prior to 2019-2020, please visit the CDHE's Reports & Publications website and filter by Educator Preparation category