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