Licensure Exams

Licensure Exam Requirements

All Teacher Licensure program candidates must pass one of the state-approved licensure exams in order to be eligible for student teaching and Colorado Initial Teacher Licensure.  There are no exceptions or waivers to this policy.

The licensure exam should be taken nine months to one year in advance of the semester in which you plan to student teach. To determine which exam option and which testing date is the best fit for you, please contact the Director of Advising (303-492-6555).

There are two exam options: PLACE and PRAXIS II. 

  • PLACE exam is designed specifically to CO state standards and must physically be taken in Colorado. 
  • PRAXIS II is a national content knowledge exam that is accepted as a licensure exam in some other states and may be taken in many locations. Colorado accepts PRAXIS II exams in Elementary Education, Secondary English, Secondary Mathematics, Secondary Science, and Secondary Social Studies.

For the required test codes and score reporting information, please read our Licensure Exam Policy.

The Score Report

Score reports for the PLACE and PRAXIS II are available to test takers only. The School of Education does NOT receive individual score reports. The score report is only available for a limited time; it is important that you access your score report and save a copy for your records in a timely manner. Potential employers and state certification bodies may request copies of your score report.