dcsimg

Online Colorado Teacher Certification

Home > All States and Cities > Colorado Online Education > Colorado Teaching Certification

Located at the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado is shaping up as a hot destination for teachers. Employment website Monster.com named Denver, Colorado as the seventh best city in the county for teachers. In addition, government data indicates teaching jobs at the elementary, middle and high schools levels should all see double digit growth in the coming years.

However, Colorado teaching certification is only available to those who meet specific education and licensure requirements. Keep reading to find out to how to become a teacher in Colorado and how online degree programs fit into the picture.

Can I Get an Online Teaching Certification in Colorado?

The State of Colorado offers two options to certification: the traditional route and an alternative path. In each case, classwork may be completed online although both options have in-person requirements, such as student teaching.

Traditional teacher certification in Colorado is typically pursued by those who don't have a degree yet. To gain initial certification, candidates must submit all the following to the state:

  • Transcripts from an approved education degree program
  • Results from the PLACE or PRAXIS II exam
  • Fingerprints
  • Employment history
  • Criminal history, disciplinary action or other relevant information

Alternative teaching candidates have similar requirements, except they typically have bachelor's degrees already and are eligible for a 1-2 year fast-track program for their required education.


Colorado requires teacher degree programs be state-approved for graduates to be eligible for certification. Currently, the state has approved 21 educator preparation programs, including several schools that have online degree programs.


Colorado requires teacher degree programs be state-approved for graduates to be eligible for certification. Currently, the state has approved 21 educator preparation programs, including several schools that have online degree programs.

Degrees from out-of-state institutions or online colleges may also be used for Colorado teaching certification but you should check with the Colorado Department of Education to confirm a particular school's degree will be accepted before you enroll.

While online degree programs aren't for everyone, many students value the flexibility they offer. In particular, students who have families or a job often appreciate the opportunity to study on their own schedule and from the comfort of their home.

What's the Career Outlook for Teachers in Colorado?

The future looks bright for education careers in Colorado. The following chart uses data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics to show the number of teachers employed in the state, their average salary and expected job growth in the years to come.

Position Employment in Colorado (2014) Average Salary in Colorado (2014) Expected Job Growth (2012-2022)
Kindergarten Teachers 3,910 $45,550 21.6%
Elementary Teachers 24,550 $50,180 20.2%
Middle School Teachers 13,080 $50,540 20.2%
High School Teachers 16,180 $51,980 12.9%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary 4,310 $52,510 12.7%
Special Education Teachers, Middle School 1,620 $51,510 12.5%
Special Education Teachers, High School 2,160 $53,970 11.8%

Denver is the largest metropolitan area in the state and employs a significant number of Colorado teachers. For example, 11,410 of the state's elementary teachers worked in the Denver metropolitan area in 2014. These teachers also earned slightly more than the state average. Denver-area elementary teachers earned an average of $53,330 in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Other metro areas which may provide numerous employment opportunities for teachers include Boulder, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins.

What are Colorado Teaching Specializations?

Colorado offers teachers the option to add endorsements to their certification. Currently, the state offers 46 endorsement areas including the following:

  • Business
  • Early childhood education
  • English language arts
  • Social studies
  • Science

Endorsements can be earned by graduating from an approved program, completing a specified number of course credits and/or taking a content exam. The actual method of obtaining an endorsement varies by topic.


Denver is the largest metropolitan area in the state and employs a significant number of Colorado teachers: for example, 11,410 of the state's elementary teachers worked in the Denver metropolitan area in 2014.


Those pursuing the alternative Colorado teaching certification have fewer options but can still add endorsements. They can earn endorsements in early childhood education, elementary education and special education generalist.

In addition, alternative teaching candidates can use their undergraduate degree to earn endorsements. Colorado currently recognizes 19 specializations for alternative teachers, and they include the following, among others.

  • Art
  • Health
  • Business education
  • Family and consumer studies
  • Marketing

Earning your Colorado teaching certification can be the first step toward a dynamic job in education. You can learn more by contacting the schools below to request more information on their teacher degree programs.

Sources:
1. Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor, May 2014, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_co.htm#25-0000
2. Alternative Teacher Candidate FAQ, Colorado Department of Education, https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/Licensure_alt1_faq.asp
3. Initial Teacher License, Colorado Department of Education, http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/checklist-initialteacher
4. Best Cities for Teachers, Monster.com, http://teaching.monster.com/careers/articles/1694-best-cities-for-teachers-7-denver-colorado
5. Long Term Occupational Projections, Projections Central, http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm

Online Colorado Teacher Certification

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Prefer exploring options talking to our staff?
            Call toll free now: 1.855.330.6938
            Matching School Ads
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Why Earn Your Degree from GCU?
            • Options: Choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education & more!
            • Convenience: Complete courses online, on campus, or a combination of both!
            • Earlier Graduation: Our 4-credit courses allow you to complete your degree program in less time.
            • Transfer Friendly: We will request your transcripts, evaluate your graduate coursework, and determine your anticipated graduation date within 24 hours.
            • Quality: Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is regionally accredited. Learn more today!
            Good for Working Adults
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            5 Program(s) Found
            • 100% online degrees include Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science in Education, , and more.
            • Students and faculty are encouraged to engage in a collaborative learning environment that promotes personal and professional growth.
            • All faculty are professionals in the field of education, with PhD or EdD qualifications.
            • Programs are designed to help educators at every level sharpen their teaching skills.
            Good for Working Adults
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Education programs include BA in Education Studies, BA in Child Development, and MA in Education.
            • Students can specialize in areas such as Education and Public Policy, Instructional Design, and Early Childhood Education.
            • Courses cover concepts such as phonics, curriculum development, instruction for English language learners, and more.
            • Flexible, online courses allow students to pursue a degree on their own schedule.
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            1 Program(s) Found
            • One of the first fully online M.Ed. programs to be accredited by TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council)
            • Courses within 6 distinct education specializations use real-world deliverables aligned with industry-specific objectives
            • Specializations include elementary education, secondary education instructional design and technology and more
            • AIU’s M.Ed. uses a proprietary adaptive learning engine to provide individualized content delivery not available at this scale in other online programs at this time.
            Good for Working Adults
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            1 Program(s) Found
            • Online MBA program ranked 6th in the USA by CEO magazine.
            • In a university-sponsored survey, 4 out of 5 alumni reported being satisfied with their experience.
            • #1 Online School for military veterans according to Military Times.
            • 75,000+ graduates across all industries offer extensive networking opportunities.
            • My Unique Student Experience (M.U.S.E.) lets students watch, view, read, or hear content.
            • Smartphone app available for on-the-go learning.
            Good for Working Adults
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            1 Program(s) Found
            • Ranked among the 2015 Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Awarded 21 institutional scholarships in 2013, totaling over $76,000 in tuition.
            • Offers several certificate programs where students can earn credits without committing to a full degree program.
            • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
            • Part of the Colorado State University System.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            1 Program(s) Found

            Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University (SJU) has been developing the minds and abilities of men and women in a challenging academic environment steeped in the enriching Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care of the entire person). The strong liberal arts foundation promotes an environment of open-minded investigation and debate and attends to developing students beyond their academic accomplishments, while maintaining high academic standards. The University strives to be recognized as the preeminent Catholic comprehensive university in the Northeast.

            • Online Courses
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
            • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
            • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
            • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
            • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
            • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
            • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
            • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
            • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            3 Program(s) Found

            •        Ranked among the top 20 Regional Universities in the West in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.

            •        Listed as one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes Magazine in 2014.

            •        More than 97% of tenure-track faculty holds a terminal degree in their field.

            •        Student to faculty ratio of 15:1, and 47.5% of classes have fewer than 20 students.

            •        Accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses