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Colorado Teacher Certification & Recertification

Professional Development and CEU Guidelines For Colorado Teachers

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” (http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/licensure_renewal_faq#7) outlined by the Colorado department of education. The Colorado department of education may not pre-approve Model Teaching Courses ahead of time, however we encourage course participants to review their professional development and continuing education (CEU) policies found here (https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/professional_nextsteps).
At the conclusion of this course Model Teaching will provide a certificate of completion, documenting clock hours earned, skills mastered, and other information outlining the applicability of our courses to the Colorado Professional Educator Standards.

  • Use our Request Approval form to request approval for a Model Teaching course to be used to satisfy your states' professional development requirements.
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of the course, documenting course clock hours and micro-credential badges.
  • Subscribe for one year of access to all available online courses or learn more about our online professional development courses
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Approval Request Form

Although the CDE may not offer pre-approval, users are encouraged to download and submit this Request For Approval form to your certificate-granting agency in order to verify that Model Teaching’s courses qualify for your state or school district's continuing education, recertification, or clock hour requirements.

Colorado Teacher Professional Development

Colorado Teacher Helpful Links

Visit the Colorado Department of Education for more information on professional development requirements for Colorado teachers and educators.


Colorado Teacher Quality Standards

Quality Standard I:

Teachers demonstrate mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content they teach. The elementary teacher is an expert in literacy and mathematics and is knowledgeable in all other content that he or she teaches (e.g., science, social studies, arts, physical education, or world languages). The secondary teacher has knowledge of literacy and mathematics and is an expert in his or her content endorsement area(s).
ELEMENT A: Teachers provide instruction that is aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards; their district’s organized plan of instruction; and the individual needs of their students. ELEMENT B: Teachers demonstrate knowledge of student literacy development in reading, writing, speaking and listening. ELEMENT C: Teachers demonstrate knowledge of mathematics and understand how to promote student development in numbers and operations, algebra, geometry and measurement and data analysis and probability. ELEMENT D: Teachers demonstrate knowledge of the content, central concepts, tools of inquiry, appropriate evidence-based instructional practices and specialized character of the disciplines being taught. ELEMENT E: Teachers develop lessons that reflect the interconnectedness of content areas/disciplines. ELEMENT F: Teachers make instruction and content relevant to students and take actions to connect students’ background and contextual knowledge with new information being taught.


Teachers establish a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.
ELEMENT A: Teachers foster a predictable learning environment in the classroom in which each student has a positive, nurturing relationship with caring adults and peers. ELEMENT B: Teachers demonstrate a commitment to and respect for diversity, while working toward common goals as a community and as a country. ELEMENT C: Teachers engage students as individuals with unique interests and strengths. ELEMENT D: Teachers adapt their teaching for the benefit of all students, including those with special needs across a range of ability levels. ELEMENT E: Teachers provide proactive, clear and constructive feedback to families about student progress and work collaboratively with the families and significant adults in the lives of their students. ELEMENT F: Teachers create a learning environment characterized by acceptable student behavior, efficient use of time and appropriate intervention strategies.QUALITY STANDARD III
Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students.
ELEMENT A: Teachers demonstrate knowledge of current developmental science, the ways in which learning takes place and the appropriate levels of intellectual, social and emotional development of their students. ELEMENT B: Teachers plan and consistently deliver instruction that draws on results of student assessments, is aligned to academic standards and advances students’ level of content knowledge and skills. ELEMENT C: Teachers demonstrate a rich knowledge of current research on effective instructional practices to meet the developmental and academic needs of their students. ELEMENT D: Teachers thoughtfully integrate and utilize appropriate available technology in their instruction to maximize student learning. ELEMENT E: Teachers establish and communicate high expectations for all students and plan instruction that helps students develop critical-thinking and problem solving skills. ELEMENT F: Teachers provide students with opportunities to work in teams and develop leadership qualities. ELEMENT G: Teachers communicate effectively, making learning objectives clear and providing appropriate models of language. ELEMENT H: Teachers use appropriate methods to assess what each student has learned, including formal and informal assessments, and use results to plan further instruction.


Teachers reflect on their practice.
ELEMENT A: Teachers demonstrate that they analyze student learning, development and growth and apply what they learn to improve their practice. ELEMENT B: Teachers link professional growth to their professional goals. ELEMENT C: Teachers are able to respond to a complex, dynamic environment.


Teachers demonstrate leadership.
ELEMENT A: Teachers demonstrate leadership in their schools. ELEMENT B: Teachers contribute knowledge and skills to educational practices and the teaching profession. ELEMENT C: Teachers advocate for schools and students, partnering with students, families and communities as appropriate. ELEMENT D: Teachers demonstrate high ethical standards.


Teachers take responsibility for student academic growth.
ELEMENT A: Teachers demonstrate high levels of student learning, growth and academic achievement. ELEMENT B: Teachers demonstrate high levels of student academic growth in the skills necessary for postsecondary and workforce readiness, including democratic and civic participation. Teachers demonstrate their ability to utilize multiple data sources and evidence to evaluate their practice, and make adjustments where needed to continually improve attainment of student academic growth.

*Source: A Common Vision of Great Teaching: The Colorado teacher quality standards. Colorado Department of Education http://www.cde.state.co.us/educatoreffectiveness/teacherqualitystandardsreferenceguide

*The information on this page was last updated June, 2018.  Please refer to the Colorado State 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 Approval form if you are considering one of our courses for your professional development clock hour requirements.




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