This course discusses qualifications for state licensure in Colorado and other states, and includes in-depth discussions of the following pertinent topics:
- How teaching, learning, and administering in Colorado are informed by the state's standards-based education principles and expected assessment outcomes
- How Colorado's standards fit within the context of voluntary national standards or guidelines created by national education organizations
- How Colorado's standards compare with those established in other states
The course project, Licensure Portfolio: Identifying and Understanding State Requirements for Licensure, provides a useful resource for candidates pursuing their goal of becoming a licensed professional. Candidates learn about Colorado's content and performance standards, and those of other states, as well as other important information and resources regarding licensure requirements.
This course does not include a required field-based activity.
Course Learning Objectives
- Describe state rules, regulations, and statutes for licensing educators.
- Describe state board of education’s licensure and endorsement areas for teachers or administrators, and what procedures to follow to obtain licensure and endorsements.
- Identify the eight performance-based standards for Colorado teachers (teacher candidates). Identify the eight performance-based standards for Colorado teachers and 11 performance based standards for principals (principal/admin candidates).
- Identify Colorado Academic Standards for P-12 curricula and compare these with recommended national guidelines and standards established in other states.
- Describe how Colorado's Student Assessment Program (CSAP) exams relate to the national assessment standards of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
- Summarize Colorado assessment frameworks and compare key provisions to those of another state.
- Locate additional resources for state standards and licensing requirements.
- Exemplify and explain democracy in education, including the school’s role in developing productive citizens and in teaching the principles of a democratic republic.
- Promote teaching as a worthy career and portray various career paths in education, including local, state, national, and international options, higher education, public and private education.
- Evaluate performance and professional development options necessary to improve performance.
- Model and develop positive behavior and respect for the rights of others, and those moral standards necessary for personal, family, and community well being.
- Describe an overview of education governance (federal and state), and demonstrate familiarity with teacher and student First Amendment rights, reporting child abuse and neglect and other legal/ethical responsibilities of teachers and administrators.
Power Point (if you choose to complete your project using this software program.)