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Becoming a teacher in Colorado is a multi-step process. It is quite similar to the requirements of other states; though it is important to follow the requirements of the Colorado State Board of Education. The state's board of education does change the requirements to becoming a teacher on a regular basis so individuals should ensure they are up to date on the latest requirements of the state. In Colorado, those who wish to become a teacher will need to complete necessary coursework in an approved school, obtain teacher preparation study, and will need to pass a certification test. Once all of this has been completed, the next step in the process is to officially apply for your teacher certification. Here is how it works.

Obtain Coursework First

The first step in the process is to obtain the necessary coursework required by the state of Colorado. Although the state does not have specific undergraduate requirements for the course of study, it does recommend that students follow the educational degree programs offered by colleges and universities. Students must enroll in and complete their education in an accredited school offering an education degree. The student must obtain at least a bachelor's level degree in that field of study, which usually includes an area of specification.

Complete Teacher Preparation

The next step in the process is to complete the required teacher preparation. The goal of this program is to provide students with the working and foundational knowledge and skills they need to perform their job. The teacher preparation portion of these requirements includes both field study and curricula. In the curricula portion, the student will learn how to research, design, and implement their educational curriculum with students. They will also learn how to achieve specific goals by learning foundational skills.

The second portion of this test is to obtain necessary field of study training. The student will work within the classroom alongside a certified teacher. They will learn how to work with students and implement their curriculum. This student teaching section is an internship with specific goals that must be met. This is often scheduled through the university or college where the student's education was obtained.

Teaching Certification Tests

Once you have completed all of the necessary prep work, the Colorado State Board of Education will allow the student to take the necessary testing. In Colorado, the state does not have a Basic Skills Test. Rather the student must complete the Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (PLACE) test. In addition, they will have to sit for the Praxis II, Subject Test, if they have a specific area of competence to include here.

Those who have a bachelor's degree in a non-educational field may be able to obtain an alternative certificate, which allows them to provide part-time or limited teaching.

Becoming a teacher in Colorado is a long process, usually requiring four years of higher education. However, those who complete this course of study will be better prepared to provide high levels of education to students.

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