Teacher Certification and Testing – Colorado

The PLACE Test (Program for Licensing for Colorado Educators) is the official teacher certification and licensing exam in the state of Colorado.

The Program for Licensing for Colorado Educators (PLACE) is a registered trademark of NESINC Pearson Education.

The purpose of the PLACE teaching licensing exam is to determine if prospective teaching candidates have necessary knowledge and basic skills which are considered to be important for educators in Colorado schools.

The PLACE Basic Skills Test is not necessary in order to be licensed or certificated as an educator in the state of Colorado.

However, many colleges and universities recommend that prospective teachers take this exam.

The Basic Skills test includes three parts: reading, writing, and mathematics.

The reading and the math parts of the Basic Skills test contain multiple-choice questions.

The writing section includes multiple-choice questions and also requires prospective educators to write an essay.

The tests are based on Colorado teacher licensing standards, as well as the curriculum and the contents of teacher preparation programs.

The objectives selected for the tests are important for the job of a Colorado educator and are used in Colorado schools.

Objectives for each test can be found in the official study guide for the teacher certification test.

Study guides are available by selecting the Study Guide linkĀ on the PLACE Web site.

Program for Licensing for Colorado Educators – PLACE Teacher Certification Test

First Time Applicants: An initial teaching license will be issued to candidates who have completed an accredited teacher preparation program and who meet the following license requirements.

The basic requirements for initial teacher certification and licensure in Colorado include:

  • possession of a degree for the license from an accredited college or university
  • completion of an approved educator preparation program
  • a criminal background check, including fingerprinting, is required to be submitted to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation

Teaching applicants from another state or country must have completed an approved educator preparation program in another state or country.

Out-of-state teachers must also be eligible for licensure in their home state or country.

Additional requirements may exist for some licenses.

You should look at the summary of license requirements, using the link listed below.

The summaries are intended to provide a general representation of the requirements found in the Colorado State Board of Education Educator Licensing Act.

Colorado Department of Education – Licensing Requirements