Once you have obtained your Colorado teacher’s license, you may decide to add additional areas of endorsement to your license. Doing so will greatly increase your marketability as a potential teacher and help you find a job. In the State of Colorado, there are two different ways to obtain an added endorsement on your teacher’s license. Please read the following information to better understand your options for added endorsements.
Additional Endorsement Based on Completion of an Approved Program
Educators seeking to add a second or subsequent endorsement area to their Colorado licenses may do so through the completion of a state-approved program offered by an institution of higher education. The college or university provides advisement concerning specific requirements for the new endorsement.
MSU Denver Teacher Education offers two Approved Programs for added endorsement:
The course sequence required for these endorsements was developed by MSU Denver’s Teacher Education Department and approved by the Colorado Department of Education. Upon meeting the requirements and completing these approved programs, MSU Denver will provide an institutional recommendation which you will include in your added endorsement application to CDE. It is highly recommended that you schedule an appointment with a Teacher Education Advisor who specializes in the specific content area of the endorsement prior to registering for classes. Contact our front office at (303) 556-6228 to schedule an appointment.
Additional Endorsement Based On Credit and Assessment
Teachers seeking to add a second or subsequent endorsement to their Colorado teaching license may do so through a combination of academic preparation, experience, and assessment. Endorsements based on credit and assessment are only available for certain licensure areas, and MSU Denver does not provide a recommendation to the Colorado Department of Education. Students must complete the necessary course work based on the requirements listed on the Colorado Department of Education endorsement worksheet or pass the appropriate PLACE or Praxis II exam, and submit an application directly to the Colorado Department of Education for review. The following link to the Colorado Department of Education’s Educator Licensing website will take you directly to the list of available added endorsements and the worksheets which list the requirements for each. To determine which MSU Denver courses will fit the specific categories on the worksheets, you can see an advisor in the related department at MSU Denver (for example: if you want to apply for an added endorsement in English, you should see an advisor in the MSU Denver English department). Please refer to the CDE website for more details.