Contracts and Licensure

What is the difference between Contract Status and License Status?

Every MCVSD teacher and special service provider has a Contract Status and a License Status. Remember! Your contract is with Mesa County Valley School District. Your license is with the state of Colorado. It is the responsibility of the license holder to be aware of the expiration date(s) of their license(s) and renew accordingly.

For more information about your licensure, contact the Colorado Department of Education at

Contract Status

Your formal contract will be created upon issuance of your Colorado license and completion of all initial paperwork outlined in your initial email.

Licensure Status

You must hold a valid Colorado License before you begin and throughout your employment. See below for teaching license definitions and links.

Initial License

Issued to first time teachers or out-of-state candidates who hold a current certificate in another state and have less than three years experience. These license holders must pass the Colorado PLACE or Praxis test in their content area. This license is only renewable once.

Professional Teaching License

Issued to an initial license holder who has completed an approved induction program. It is valid for five years and is renewable through documentation of either six semester hours of credit or 90 clock hours of Professional Development activities or a combination thereof. Professional licenses are also issued to out-of-state educators who can demonstrate three or more years of continuous, successfully evaluated teaching experience.

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