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Colorado Teacher License Renewal Requirements

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.

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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.

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Model Teaching offers Online & Live Professional Development Courses, as well as online Academic Credit courses provided through our University Partners.

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View our Professional Development Course menu. Take our courses live or online for CPE Clock Hours or request information to learn about on-campus, live trainings for your school or district.

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Online University-Partnered Academic Credit Courses

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Choosing The Right Assessments For Your Students-HSU Course
In this University-Partnered Academic-Credit course provided through Humboldt State University, you will learn new strategies for implementing assessments into the classroom and explore a variety of topics to help you use assessments effectively in the student learning process.
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Online Price:$115.00
Credits:1 Unit Credit, Humboldt State University
Credit Type:Academic Credit/Licensure
Documentation & Data Analysis-HSU Course
In this University-Partnered Academic-Credit course provided through Humboldt State University, you will learn how to actively monitor students throughout the instructional process and to collect academic and behavioral data. You will learn how to process, file, and analyze data for documentation and to better help teach mastery of course concepts.
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Online Price:$115.00
Credits:1 Unit Credit, Humboldt State University
Credit Type:Academic Credit/Licensure
Documentation & Data Analysis-SPU Course
In this University-Partnered Academic-Credit, offered in partnership with Seattle Pacific University, you will learn how to actively monitor students throughout the instructional process and to collect academic and behavioral data. Participants will learn how to process, file, and analyze data for documentation and to better help teach mastery of course concepts.
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Online Price:$140.00
Credits:1 Quarter Credit, Seattle Pacific University
Credit Type:Academic Credit/Licensure
Efficient Classroom Processes-HSU Course
In this University-Partnered Academic-Credit course provided through Humboldt State University, you will learn the six strategies that can improve the learning environment to make your classroom more predictable, safe, and orderly. You will analyze, develop, and apply methods to improve your classroom processes and build a more efficient environment for student learning, to be applied to your current or future classroom.
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Online Price:$115.00
Credits:1 Unit Credit, Humboldt State University
Credit Type:Academic Credit/Licensure
Project-Based Learning-HSU Course
In this University-Partnered Academic-Credit course, provided in collaboration with Humboldt State University (HSU), you will learn the Project Based Learning (PBL) Lesson Cycle and how to implement inquiry into cross- curricular projects that are aligned to specific objectives.
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Online Price:$225.00
Credits:2 Unit Credits, Humboldt State University
Credit Type:Academic Credit/Licensure
Writing Effective Learning Objectives-HSU Course
This University-Partnered Academic-Credit course, provided in collaboration with Humboldt State University examines the first step in the process of backwards planning design: Writing Learning Objectives. It describes what effective learning objectives look like and how to construct a student facing objective based on your classroom learning standards.
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Online Price:$115.00
Credits:1 Unit Credit, Humboldt State University
Credit Type:Academic Credit/Licensure
Active Monitoring & Data Collection
This course will teach participants how to actively monitor students throughout the instructional process and to analyze the data collected in order to better support students.
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Online Price:$15.00
Credits:4 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Blended Learning: Integrating Technology Into The Classroom
Participants of this course learn the main blended learning models, explore the strategies involved in selecting the right blended learning model for the classroom, and develop a blended learning lesson for immediate use in the classroom.
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Online Price:$30.00
Credits:7 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Building Reading & Writing Fluency
Participants in this course will learn about the importance of direct phonics instruction and hands-on word work, and how this instruction directly helps to develop the reading and writing fluency of their students.
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Online Price:$30.00
Credits:6 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Checking For Understanding & Correcting Misconceptions in Elementary Math
This course will teach participants how to establish a classroom culture that is conducive to learning and sharing. They will also learn a variety of ways to check their students’ understanding of elementary math content, so they are able to assess the effectiveness of their teaching.
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Online Price:$15.00
Credits:5 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Choosing The Right Assessments For Your Students
This training is the second in a series of three that will go through the three stages of planning using the backwards design method. In this course we will be looking at the second stage of this process -assessments, with a focus on helping teachers choose the right assessments for their students.
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Online Price:$30.00
Credits:9 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) in The Science Classroom
In this course, participants will learn the Claim, Evidence, Reasoning strategy for more effective instruction of science concepts in any K-12 science classroom.
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Online Price:$30.00
Credits:6 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Classroom Documentation
In this course you will learn how to document a student’s academic and social behaviors in the classroom. You will learn how to set up a system to organize your documentation and be provided with multiple templates you can use during the documentation process.
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Online Price:$15.00
Credits:3 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Documentation & Data Analysis
In this course you will learn how to actively monitor students throughout the instructional process and to collect academic and behavioral data. You will learn how to process, file, and analyze data for documentation and to better help teach mastery of course concepts.
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Online Price:$60.00
Credits:20 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development

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