Colorado State Personnel Standards

Audiologist

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Discipline Audiologist
License/Certificate Audiology License
State Department Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations, Office of Speech-Language
State Department Hyperlink https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Audiology
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Doctorate
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Not listed in state statutes for state licensure; however from ASHA - passage of a national exam in audiology is required for CO; for School Audiology license - Praxis II Audiology Content Knowledge is required pass: 600
Additional requirements specific for schools? School Audiologist (Special Services Provider License) also required; Practicum required

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist

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Discipline Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist
License/Certificate Special Education Specialist: Deaf/Hard of Hearing Endorsement (Birth-21)
State Department Colorado Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/licensure_authorization_landing
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - 21 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators PLACE Content Assessment Special Education: Severe Needs-Deaf/Hard of Hearing pass:220

Early Childhood Educator

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Discipline Early Childhood Educator
License/Certificate Early Childhood Education Endorsement
State Department Colorado Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/licensure_authorization_landing
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - 8 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework Child Development, Developmental Psychology (3 semester hours) Foundation of Early Childhood Education (3 semester hours) Literacy (6 semester hours) e.g., Foundations of Literacy Instruction, Children's Literature, Early Childhood Literacy Development Curriculum Development and Instruction (6 semester hours) e.g., ECE PreK-8 content methods (math, science, social studies, arts) Assessment for ECE (3 semester hours ) e.g., Documentation, Assessment, and Decision Making for Early Childhood; Assessment for the Early Primary Classroom Family and Community Involvement in ECE (3 semester hours)
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (PLACE) Content Area Assessment: PLACE Early Childhood Education exam (#02) pass: 220
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary Alternative Applicant: Alternative Licensure Programs offer an accelerated route into the classroom for career changers and recent college graduates who have subject matter expertise but lack formal education coursework or training. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates can apply for an Initial Colorado Teacher's License. Prior to acceptance into an Alternative Teacher Licensing Program, applicants must be issued a Statement of Eligibility from the Colorado Department of Education. During an alternative program you will be employed full-time while you receive instruction, mentoring, supervision and assessment of proficiency to meet the specific performance based standards for teachers or principals. Programs are provided by approved Designated Agencies that meet Colorado standards for obtaining initial licensure.

Early Childhood Special Educator

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Discipline Early Childhood Special Educator
License/Certificate Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement (birth - age 8)
State Department Colorado Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/licensure_authorization_landing
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - 8 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (PLACE) Content Area Assessment: Early Childhood Special Education pass: 220
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary Alternative Applicant: Alternative Licensure Programs offer an accelerated route into the classroom for career changers and recent college graduates who have subject matter expertise but lack formal education coursework or training. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates can apply for an Initial Colorado Teacher's License. Prior to acceptance into an Alternative Teacher Licensing Program, applicants must be issued a Statement of Eligibility from the Colorado Department of Education. During an alternative program you will be employed full-time while you receive instruction, mentoring, supervision and assessment of proficiency to meet the specific performance based standards for teachers or principals. Programs are provided by approved Designated Agencies that meet Colorado standards for obtaining initial licensure.

Family Therapist

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Discipline Family Therapist
License/Certificate Marriage & Family Therapist License
State Department Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations, State Board of Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners
State Department Hyperlink https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Marriage_Family_Therapy
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. A jurisprudence examination administered by the division. 2. The examination in marriage and family therapy shall be the marriage and family therapy examination administered under contract with the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB)
Additional requirements specific to Part C? Master's degree and state license and education or experience in early childhood mental health

Nurse

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Discipline Nurse
License/Certificate Registered Nurse (RN)
State Department Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations, Board of Nursing
State Department Hyperlink http://cdn.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?c=Page&childpagename=DORA-Reg%2FDORALayout&cid=1251632229493&pagename=CBONWrapper
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? For professional Nursing Education Programs, a minimum of seven hundred fifty (750) clinical hours.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? National Council Licensure Examination NCLEX-RN
Additional requirements specific for schools? School Nurse Option 1 Bachelor's of Science in Nursing Valid Colorado Registered Nurse License Option 2 Bachelor's degree in a related field Current national certification in school nursing Three years of experience in school nursing Valid Colorado Registered Nurse License Colorado Department of Education (for School Nurse License)

Occupational Therapist

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Discipline Occupational Therapist
License/Certificate Occupational Therapy
State Department Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations, Office of Occupational Therapist Registration
State Department Hyperlink https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Occupational_Therapy
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? For School OT License: "Internship or supervised field experience" is listed. If seeking state registration: Successfully completed a minimum period of supervised fieldwork experience required by the recognized educational institution where the applicant met the academic requirements described in paragraph (a) of this subsection (1). The minimum period of fieldwork experience for an occupational therapist is twenty-four weeks of supervised fieldwork experience or satisfaction of any generally recognized past standards that identified minimum fieldwork requirements at the time of graduation.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? For School OT License: National exam through NBCOT ; For state registration: An applicant must achieve at least the passing score as determined by NBCOT in order to be eligible for registration. National Board of Certified Occupational Therapist (NBOCT) Certified Occupational Therapist Exam (Score of 450)
Additional requirements specific for schools? State License required for School OT Endorsement Special Services Provider License, School Occupational Therapist Endorsement; Internship or supervised field experience required

Physical Therapist

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Discipline Physical Therapist
License/Certificate Physical Therapy License
State Department Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations, State Physical Therapy Board
State Department Hyperlink https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Physical_Therapy
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Not Specified
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? To obtain a Colorado license to practice Physical Therapy, you must take and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). All Colorado applicants must receive a passing score on the NPTE to obtain licensure by examination.
Additional requirements specific for schools? State License required for School PT Endorsement Special Services Provider License, School Physical Therapist Endorsement; Practicum required.

Psychologist

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Discipline Psychologist
License/Certificate Psychologist License
State Department Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations, Board of Psychologist Examiners
State Department Hyperlink https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Psychologist
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Doctorate
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework (A) The required doctoral level study and doctoral degree were obtained from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning; (B) The program in psychology stood as a coherent and recognizable entity within the institution, offering an integrated and organized sequence of study planned to provide appropriate training for the practice of psychology; (C) There was an identifiable full-time faculty, with an individual responsible for the pro-gram who was a full-time faculty member and who met the requirements for approval as a supervisor or a person who presents proof satisfactory to the Board, that at the time of serving as the faculty member, s/he possessed essentially the same education, experience, and training as that necessary to qualify for licensure under the Act. (D) The program had an identifiable body of students who were matriculated in that pro-gram for a degree; (E) The doctoral program included examination and grading procedures designed to evaluate the degree of mastery of the subject matter by the students;(F) The curriculum encompassed a minimum of three (3) academic years of full-time graduate study including the following substantive content areas: (1) Professional ethics and standards;(2) Research design and methodology: techniques of data analysis, inferential statistics, descriptive statistics, research implementation, program evaluation and assessment; (3) Theories and methods of effective intervention: consultation, supervision, evaluation of treatment efficacy; (4) Theories and methods of assessment and diagnosis; (5) Biological bases of behavior: physiological psychology, neuropsychology, sensation and perception, comparative psychology, psychopharmacology; (6) Cognitive-affective bases of behavior: learning, thinking, motivation, and emotion; (7) Social bases of behavior: social psychology, group processes, organizational and systems theory; (8) Individual differences: personality theory, human development, abnormal psychology; (9) Issues of cultural and individual diversity. (10) If the course titles as stated on the transcript do not clearly reflect the subject matters listed above, the applicant must document the course or combination of courses in which the material was covered.
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? (1) Practicum. The minimum practicum experience is 400 hours, of which at least 150 hours must have been in direct service experience and at least seventy-five (75) hours in formally scheduled supervision. (2) Internship. To be acceptable, internships in clinical psychology must include at least a full-time experience, either for one (1) full-time calendar year or for two (2) half-time calendar years and must encompass at least 1,500 experience hours. To be acceptable, school and counseling psychology internships must include at least a full-time experience, for either an academic or calendar year or for two (2) half-time academic or calendar years and must encompass at least 1,500 experience hours. To be acceptable, internships must be accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or be substantially equivalent when compared with the guidelines and principles for accreditation of internships published by the APA.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Jurisprudence Examination. Each applicant shall pass a Board developed jurisprudence examination. National Examination. The examination covering the general areas of knowledge in psychology shall be administered under contract with the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), ASPPB considers the passing point for independent practice equal to a scaled score of 500.

School Psychologist

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Discipline School Psychologist
License/Certificate Special Services Provider License: School Psychologist Endorsement
State Department Colorado Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/licensure_authorization_landing
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - 21 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? Practica consisting of a sequence of closely supervised on campus or field-based activities, designed to develop and evaluate a candidate's mastery of distinct professional skills, consistent with program and/or course goals; and 11.06 (1) (c) (ii) an internship consisting of a full-time experience of over one year, or half-time, over two consecutive years, with a minimum of 1200-clock hours, of which at least 600-hours must be in a school setting which requires a candidate to demonstrate, under supervision, the ability to integrate knowledge and skills in all the professional practice standards, and to provide a wide range of outcome-based school psychological services; and 11.06 (1) (c) (iii) which may include, beyond the 600-hours in the school setting, other acceptable internship experiences, including in private, state-approved educational programs, or in other appropriate mental health or education-related programs.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? For Educator Licensing -- Praxis II School Psychologist: Content Knowledge (Session 1, 2 hour exam). Score required to pass in Colorado: 165.

Social Worker

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Discipline Social Worker
License/Certificate Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Social Worker
State Department Colorado Board of Social Work Examiners, Division of Professions and Occupations, Department of Regulatory Agencies
State Department Hyperlink https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Social_Work
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. Complete the Jurisprudence Exam 2. Submit confirmation of a passing score on the ASWB Advanced, or Clinical examination. All ASWB examination scores are reported as pass/fail, with the number of questions needed to pass the examination, and because test questions change from one administration to the next, statistical adjustments must be made to account for small differences in the overall difficulty of individual examinations.
Additional requirements specific for schools? For Schools -- School Social Worker Special Services Provider License

Speech Language Pathologist

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Discipline Speech Language Pathologist
License/Certificate Speech-Language Pathologist License
State Department Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations, Office of Speech-Language Pathology Certification
State Department Hyperlink https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Social_Work
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework 1. The school speech language pathologist is knowledgeable about basic human communication 2. The school speech ­language pathologist is knowledgeable about the principles and methods of prevention of communication and swallowing disorders for children/students (birth-­21) 3. The school speech ­language pathologist is knowledgeable about principles and methods of evaluation of communication, and communication disorders, for ages birth-21. 4. The school speech-­language pathologist is knowledgeable about state­ of ­the ­art techniques, procedures, and tools for intervention and remediation of communication disorders, including augmentative/alternative/assistive technology. 5. The school speech ­language pathologist is knowledgeable about ethical conduct and professional development.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? An applicant is eligible for certification by examination only if the applicant: 1. has passed the national examination approved by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or its successor association; 2. has passed an examination that, in the Director's determination, is substantially equivalent to the examination approved by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or its successor association.
Additional requirements specific for schools? Special Services License for Speech-Language Pathologist (from Colorado Education Department) have successfully passed a national state approved speech-language pathologist specialty area test; have successfully completed a practicum or internship, with children/students, ages birth-21, in a school setting, equivalent to a minimum of 8 weeks full time, under the supervision of a professionally licensed school speech-language pathologist. For Special Services License - exempt from State License (DORA) but CCC required.

Vision Specialist

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Discipline Vision Specialist
License/Certificate Special Education Specialist: Visually Impaired Endorsement (Birth-21)
State Department Colorado Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/licensure_authorization_landing
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - 21 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators PLACE Content Assessment Special Education: Severe Needs-Visually Impaired pass:220

Early Childhood Credentials

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Discipline Early Childhood Credentials
License/Certificate Credential
State Department Colorado Department of Human Services
State Department Hyperlink http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof
Type of License/Certificate Credential
Degree Level Requirement Associate's (minimum)
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? The model for the Colorado Early Childhood Credentials provides a common system for all Colorado early childhood professionals to document and quantify their professional growth and accomplishments, and to define and advance their profession.  Points are awarded across three areas: 1) Formal Education, 2) Ongoing Professional Development, and 3) Experience. Varying levels across all four areas are awarded points, and points are totaled across all areas, and 'extra points' are awarded in an additional area of Demonstration of Competencies.  The total points place a professional within a level of designation (Levels I-VI).