Note: To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing a Bachelor’s degree, a post baccalaureate certification or a Master of Special Education degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript. Students who are pursuing a Master of Teaching degree must have marks of "passed” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams as well as all state required exams.
Colorado accepts direct applications for licensure from students graduating from an out-of-state, approved teacher preparation program like those offered by WGU. Follow the steps below to prepare your application for Colorado licensure.
Step 1: Each person applying for a Colorado educator license, authorization, or endorsement must submit to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) a properly completed CDE fingerprint card containing a readable set of their fingerprints. If the CO Department of Education has not received your cleared background check from CBI by the time it receives your licensure application, then your application cannot be processed. This background clearance process can take up to 2 months, so start on this right away. For additional information on how to complete the fingerprint background check process, go to http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/fingerprints.htm.
Step 2: Colorado will accept scanned, electronic copies of your transcripts. You can upload these to your online application. If you need to order transcripts from WGU, see WGU Transcript Request. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. MAT students may request a transcript after completing the teacher preparation portion of their MAT program.
Step 3: You will complete an application for a Teacher license using the CO e-licensing web-site. Click on "Click to Apply," then click on "Register" in the upper-right hand corner. After you create your account, click on "Create/Resume an Application" and select "Teacher" from the bottom of the list. You will be prompted to upload copies of your transcripts. You will also be prompted to upload your PLACE or Praxis exam scores.
Step 4: Further along in the application process you will be prompted to download a verification form to be completed by WGU. You may use the partially-completed form attached at the bottom of this article, or you can upload the form from your online application. Fill out the top portion with your personal information and then submit it to the WGU certification office to complete:
Email (preferred): firstname.lastname@example.org
The Certification Officer will complete the form and email the completed form to you as an attachment for online submission.
Step 5: If you have not already reported your exam scores to WGU, you will need to submit a copy of your official score report(s) to the WGU Certification Officer before the recommendation can be completed. Email a scanned copy to email@example.com or fax your official score report to 801-606-7021.
Step 6: Submit the application and pay the non-refundable fee.
Upon receipt, it takes the CDE 10-12 weeks to process a complete application.