CDE Application Process

1. Set up your eLicensing Account

This step is only for individuals that are or want to be licensed in Colorado. Create your one lifetime eLicensing account with CDE. We must have an eLicensing account to process the results of your fingerprints once we receive them. Without your account, your results cannot be processed requiring you to submit another set of fingerprints after you create this account. Always use a personal email address that you check often. We highly recommend that you do not use a college or school district email address. You may have only one eLicensing account, so if you have already hold an account, please do not create another.

2.  Submit Fingerprints:

  For more information about fingerprinting for CDE click here.  CDE uses two vendors in Colorado Springs for fingerprinting. 

3.  Meet content requirement by assessment, degree or required coursework. 

This link: will provide information on approved endorsements for alternative licensure. 

4. Take the PRAXIS test if you do not meet the requirements

If you have to take the PRAXIS, you will need to wait until you receive your official results for this next step:  submitting the “Teacher” application through your eLicensing account with CDE.  Please note: For the Elementary Education endorsement or the Special Education Generalist endorsement you will HAVE to take the #5001 Praxis test. 

5.  Check the Status of your elicensure account

If you do not have employment secured (most do not), CDE will update your account to state, “alternative license pending.”  You will receive an email notification when it is approved.  You will have one calendar year to secure employment and enroll in a program. 

6. Secure employment & Enroll in a Alternative Licensure Program

Candidates must be employed at least part-time and teach a minimum of 50% in the approved content area.  While you are in an Alternative Preparation Program, you will be teaching with an Alternative License.  Once you have a signed contract and have enrolled in our Alternative Licensure Program, we will give you a Statement of Assurance to be filled out by yourself and your district.  You will need to upload the license and SoA to your elicensing account in order to activate your license.  Instructions can be found here

7. Complete Program Requirements

Once you complete all of the program requirements, you will be issued a Verification of Completion form which will allow you to apply for your Initial Educator License

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