New Licensed Employee

Welcome New Certified/Licensed Employees to School District 51!


1. Obtain Colorado Educator License from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).

Provide a copy of your educator license to Human Resources.  If you did not upload a copy of your active license in your application, please email a copy to or bring with your new hire paperwork. You are required to hold a valid Colorado educator license to be employed as a teacher, special service provider or instructional administrator in School District 51. If you do not have a valid Colorado license, submit your application immediately. Log on to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) website for license application here:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you have never been fingerprinted for a Colorado educator license, you must send your fingerprints to CBI for a fingerprint based criminal history check. The process can take several weeks, so it is important that you do this as soon as possible. For sample forms and more information, please click here: CDE Fingerprint Website

2. Official transcripts and Verifications of Employment (VOE).

You must submit official transcripts showing all conferred degrees.  Official transcripts uploaded with your application meet this requirement. Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from your university to

New SD51 licensed employees are awarded up to 15 years' experience for prior contracted K-12 school experience if obtained within the past 20 years.  Electronic VOE forms will be sent to your application email to forward to all eligible former employers.  Upon receipt of VOE forms, appropriate experience credit will be issued for placement on the salary schedule.                   

You will be paid on Step 0 until all Verifications of Employment and official transcripts are received. Link to Salary Schedules.

Transcripts and Verification of Employment (VOE) forms must be received by HR no later than September 31 to receive placement credit.

3. Sign your Contract and Complete your New Hire Paperwork.

Please allow 48 hours following your job offer to bring paperwork and additional documentation to Human Resources at 2115 Grand Ave.  Follow the link below to download, complete, and print new hire paperwork.

4. Obtain your District 51 computer login and email.

Call the Help Desk (970-254-5175) no sooner than 48 hours after you submit your completed new hire paperwork to Human Resources to receive your district login and password.

Then check out the D51 Teacher Resource Site.

5. Enroll in medical and other available benefits.

You will be asked to complete benefit paperwork when you return your new hire paperwork to Human Resources. Review the benefits website. To be eligible for benefits, you must complete all benefit paperwork and submit it to HR.


Important Dates to Remember:

​New Teacher JumpStart:
July 28 - July 30

July 31 & August 3

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