State Requirements

READ Act, K-3 Teacher Training

State Board of Education Rulesteacher reading book
  • Teacher: The professional responsible for the literacy instruction of the student(s) and may include the main instructor for a class, an instructional coach, reading interventionist, special education teacher, Title I teacher or other personnel who are identified as effective in the teaching of reading.
  • The evidence-based training in teaching reading must have included a minimum of 45 hours and must have addressed the content of the educator preparation literacy standards referenced in the state board’s Rules for the Administration of Educator License Endorsements.

Please view the K-3 Teacher Training Requirement Under the Colorado READ Act document for more information.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

To help better support students in Colorado who are English language learners, the State Board of Education adopted new rules in June 2018 requiring educators with elementary, math, science, social studies and English language arts endorsements to complete Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education training or professional development (PD). Educators holding these endorsements must meet the new licensing requirement:

  • Within their next five-year license renewal period
    (For example, teachers holding a professional license that expired in September 2018 would need to meet the requirements by September 2023. See this link for more examples of the timeline for meeting this requirement.)
  • Only once over the course of their professional licensure as a teacher in Colorado.

This video will help you understand the ELL PD requirement for license renewal, navigate the information on the CDE website, and complete the required matrix. 

More information about English Learner PD Pathways may be found on the CDE website

Questions about either the READ Act or CLDE? Contact Emily Williams, TOSA for the Department of Instruction, 970-686-8038.