How to Become a Kindergarten or Elementary School Teacher in Colorado

Jan 02, 2019

In order to be a kindergarten or elementary school teacher in Colorado, you'll need to earn a bachelor's degree from a teacher preparation program and pass the necessary exams. Then, you'll be able to apply for your initial teacher license.

Kindergarten and elementary teachers have a pivotal role in shaping our youngest members of society. These educators explore subjects critical to children's growth, such as foundational social skills, reading, personal hygiene, basic mathematics, and more. Here's exactly how you can become a kindergarten or elementary school teacher in the state of Colorado.

Colorado Kindergarten and Elementary School Teacher Requirements

Average Salaries for Teachers in Colorado (2017)* $50,590 (Kindergarten); $52,390 (Elementary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Elementary Education
Testing Requirements PLACE 01, Praxis 5018, or Praxis 5001

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn Degree

In order to teach kindergarten or elementary students in Colorado, you must first receive a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university with an approved teacher education program. This program should provide you with the skillset you need to educate kindergarten and elementary-age children. Your education program will be approved via a specific form in your licensure application.

Note that your teacher preparation program must also include a student teaching internship in order to become a K-6 educator in Colorado.

Step 2: Take Exams

The exams necessary to be a teacher in Colorado test how well you understand - and, in effect, teach - specialized content. So, each type of educator has different exams they must pass in order to receive their license.

To specifically become a kindergarten or elementary school teacher in Colorado, you have to complete one of the following exams:

  • Praxis 5001 - This exam is made up of several subtests and needs the following score to pass:
    • Science (5005) score: 159
    • Math (5003) score: 157
    • Reading (5002) score: 157
    • Social Studies (5004) score: 155
  • Praxis 5018 -This exam is only valid if taken between September of 2014 and August of 2016
    • Score: 163
  • PLACE 01
    • Score: 220

Step 3: Apply for Your Colorado Teacher License

Once you have graduated and taken your tests, you can submit your application to become a licensed K-6 teacher in Colorado. You will find the application for this initial license online by creating an account with the Colorado Department of Education's eLicensing system. This account gives you access to apply for all teacher licenses in the state of Colorado.

Here's what to also include along with your online application:

  • $90.00 application fee
  • Electronic copy of an ID
  • Fingerprints for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation
    • You can check out the instructions for how to do this on the Colorado Department of Education website
  • Official transcripts from all the colleges and universities that you've attended
  • Approved Program Verification Form
  • Results from Praxis or PLACE tests
  • Any documentation regarding disciplinary actions, criminal history, or other related information

Resources for Kindergarten or Elementary School Teachers in Colorado

Need some extra support while studying for your Colorado Praxis or PLACE exams? These courses may assist you in getting the scores you need to make your teaching aspirations reality:

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