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English learner professional development requirement for teachers

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 elementarymathsciencesocial studies and English language arts endorsements to complete a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education training or professional development (PD). These teachers must complete the new licensing requirement:

  • Within their next five-year license renewal period
  • Only once over the course of their profession during the term of their license

In order to meet the new English Learner PD requirement, teachers must demonstrate completion of training or professional development activities equivalent to 45 clock/contact hours or three semester hours in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education. Teachers with previous CLD training, experience or professional development can count it towards meeting the new English Learner PD requirement.

The earliest licensed teachers will be required to add this new designation to their license is September 2023. To view all the CLD requirements and available options for teachers visit the English Learner PD Requirement - Information for Educators webpage.

If you have questions about CDE's requirements and your specific unique situation, please email CDE at

CLD courses available for District 11 Educators

The CLDE office continues to search for and create CLD professional development so that educators have many options to complete CDE's 45 CLD license renewal requirement.  The Professional Learning Department regularly updates and communicates CLD professional development opportunities to D11 educators. More information can be found on the Professional Learning website.