Colorado – State Information

MEA President: Kevin Beaber
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Carla Aguilar
ALF Member Email:


2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/13/2021
Adjourns: 5/12/2021

Meeting virtually and in-person in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline 4/12/2021
Budget Deadline  
Introduction Deadlines H & S: 4/22/2021 
Governor Jared Polis (D)
Education Committee Chairs

House- CHAIR: Rep. Barbara Hall McLachlan (D)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Brianna Anastasia Buentello (D)

Senate- CHAIR: Sen. Nancy Janann Todd (D)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. Tamara Story (D)

Partisan Split House- D     Senate- D 
House Clerk Contact 303-866-2345
Senate Secretary Contact 303-866-4838
Carryover to 2022 No

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Emily Owen
Phone Number: 303-866-6700
Title IV Director Tammy Giessinger, 303-866-6992
DeLilah Collins, 303-866-6850
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds June 30 for the coming school year

State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

CO Music K-12 Initial (3-year)
Professional (5-year)
Master (7-year)

Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (5113)


Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (PLACE): Music – no longer given, scores will be accepted until May 6, 2022

None No Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework

$90 application (in-state)

$110 application (out-of-state)

$80 background check

$39.50 fingerprinting

Yes June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Planning the 2021 School Year

Title IV Success Stories