The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) requires teachers to complete 6 semester hours of college credit or 90 clock hours of professional development training to renew an expired teaching certification. Current teachers must receive 6 semester hours of college credit or 90 clock hours of professional development activities every 5 years in order to maintain certification.
Clock hours can be earned through computer-based courses as long as they “enhance your professional growth and can be related to one or more of the Teacher/SSP or Principal quality standards” outlined by the Colorado department of education. Also, The Colorado Department of Education does accept Regionally Accredited Institutions of Higher Learning that include:
- MSA Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
- HLC Higher Learning Commission (formerly called North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC)
- NEASC-CIHE New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
- NWCCU Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
- SACS Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
- WASC-ACSCU Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
We encourage course participants to review the Colorado Department of Education requirements here: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/Licensure_institutions.asp to confirm their requirements.
Model Teaching offers high-quality Professional Development Courses, relevant to most teaching license subject areas as well as courses provided through regionally-accredited academic institutions and university partners. These University-Partnered Courses are applicable to fulfill Colorado teacher license renewal and Professional Development requirement hours according to The Colorado Department of Education. All courses completed through our academic partners will include access to an official transcript from that academic institution for submission to any license-granting authority. To take our Non University-Partnered PD courses, we recommend you submit our Request Course Approval Form to CDE.
REFERENCE: Colorado Department of Education
*The information on this page was last updated 3/2019. Please refer to the Colorado Department of Education web page for the most accurate and current information on Colorado teacher recertification requirements.
PLEASE NOTE: The content provided on this page is solely provided for informational purposes and does not exempt users from their responsibility to ensure that our courses meet their state’s continuing education requirements. Please check with your state certification agency for up-to-date policies for teacher certification renewal/continuing education and use our Request Course Approval form if you want to confirm use of one of our courses for your professional development, continuing education, or clock hour requirements.
Online Professional Development Courses for Colorado Teachers
Model Teaching offers Online & Live Professional Development Courses, as well as online Academic Credit courses provided through our University Partners.
Professional Development Courses
Professional Development Courses
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