The Coaching Credential

**Please send all new and renewal Coaching Credential Application Materials to ecpd@cde.state.co.us**  


Upcoming Changes

The Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Human Services will be sunsetting Levels II and III of the Colorado Coaching Credential beginning March 1, 2020. Level I Coaching Credentials will still be issued. 

Applications received in full by March 1, 2020 will be reviewed and awarded, if approved. This decision is a result of assessing state-level supports for coaches and identifying the lack of system partners that incentivize or require the Level II or III Coaching Credential. 

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Aligned to the Colorado Competencies for Early Childhood Coaches, the Colorado Coaching Credential recognizes coaches who have the foundational skills and dispositions necessary for effective coaching.  Each of these three levels provides a professional pathway for entry level coaches as well as very experienced coaches. To earn a Coaching Credential, you must have a Early Childhood Professional Credential, Level III. The following documents provide additional information about the Coaching Credential. 

Coaching Credential Overview
Renewal Checklist
Definition of Direct Coaching Hours
Colorado Coaching Credential FAQ
Reflective Practice Facilitation Guidance

As you complete your application, please refer to the Colorado Competencies for Early Childhood Coaches document. This document organizes the coaching competencies by credential level. Some documents within the application will ask that you use the competencies specific to the credential level for which you are applying.   


Coaching Credential Application Materials

Coaching Credential Application
Colorado Competencies for Early Childhood Coaches
Coaching Competencies Self Assessment
Coaching Professional Development Plan

Colorado Coaching Credential Requirement Waiver Form  

Level 1 Application Materials: 

Level 1 Checklist
Level 1 Reference Form Instructions & Scoring
Level 1 Sample Reference Request Letter
Level 1 Reference Form 
Level 1 Questionnaire


Level 2 Application Materials: 

Level 2 Checklist
Level 2 Reference Form Instructions & Scoring
Professional Reference Form Sample Letter
Professional Reference Form
Coachee Reference Form Sample Letter
Coachee Reference Form
Level 2 Questionnaire
Sample Verification of Direct Coaching Hours

Level 3 Application Materials: 

Level 3 Checklist
Level 3 Reference Form Instructions & Scoring
Professional Reference Form Sample Letter
Professional Reference Form
Coachee Reference Form Sample Letter
Coachee Reference Form
Statement of Coaching Philosophy
Case Study
Sample Verification of Direct Coaching Hours


Relationship-Based Professional Development Training

The Office of Early Childhood at the Colorado Department of Human Services provides Relationship-Based Professional Development (RBPD)training required by the Coaching Credential at no cost. This RBPD training covers specific learning objectives focused on adult learning and coaching skills. 

View the Course Details page for information about an upcoming session. 

For more information about ongoing professional development opportunities for Early Childhood Coaches, visit the Colorado Coaching Consortium.
 
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