April 16, 2018

Colorado Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $45,616
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $44,660

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Colorado schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements in individual subject areas for Colorado teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete a Colorado-approved teacher preparation program.

For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


No test for basic skills is required For teacher certification in Colorado. However, you’ll need to take either
The Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (PLACE) Official Site | PLACE Test
Praxis II exams
for specific subject areas.

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Colorado has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Colorado Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Colorado for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Colorado Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
Colorado Department of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203

Or you can call the Office of Professional Services at 303-866-6600.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Colorado teacher certification process:

Colorado Department of Education
Colorado Educator Licensing