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    Re: Colorado Teaching License--Does it really take that long
    jesusita

    I'm just curious if you turned in an online application or a
    traditional packet. I applied for my license electronically on
    January 12 and sent my fingerprint card on the same day. I can go
    online and check the status of my application. So far it lists
    my license as "in progress" but my fingerprint requirement has
    been met. So it looks like it took CBI just about two weeks to
    run my background check. In the mean time I submitted my
    application/resume to DPS and am hoping for the best. I'm hoping
    that although I don't have a CO license yet prospective employers
    can at least check the status of my license application and see
    that I'm a serious candidate. So far it must be working because
    I just got a request from DPS HR for a phone interview.

    On 2/02/11, D wrote:
    > To the sender of this original missive, all I can say is
    > that your frustration has been and is shared. I made it a
    > point to give them 6 months to review an application and
    > just mark it on my calendar to call if it gets to that
    > point without a response-and then get on with life. You
    > may have to get another job, certainly if you're waiting
    > for a quick response or planning on the matter being
    > resolve more quickly. My paperwork was submitted
    > approximately 5 months ago, and I still have not gotten a
    > letter detailing what steps need to be taken next
    > (although I have an idea on my own). My advice would be to
    > start subbing with several school districts right away
    > (because this can take a few months to get off the
    > proverbial ground as well) and take another job in the
    > mean time.
    >
    >
    >
    > On 1/05/11, Still Waiting wrote:
    >> I responded below a while back. It has now been 24
    >> weeks. They will not
    >> answer the phone and tell you to hang up if you are
    >> calling to check the status of your application and
    >> will not answer status update emails. I can not even
    >> believe this. I guess I need to make a trip down there.
    >> I do not understand what the hold up is. 24 weeks is
    >> absolutely ridiculous.If there were something wrong
    >> with my application, I would think they would contact
    >> me. It isn't like they have to go through and gather
    >> all of the information....you send the packet complete
    >> to them.
    >>
    >> All I can say for those of you looking to move here,
    >> please send your packet in WAY in advance. I am
    >> certified in Texas and have nothing on my record that
    >> is weird or wacky.
    >>
    >> Good luck all!
    >>
    >>
    >> On 1/04/11, A wrote:
    >>> I sent my license in sometime in August and the
    >>> website says it was received on 8/24/10. I was
    >>> originally told 12 weeks, then 16. Today it has been
    >>> 19 weeks and still no update on the CDE website. They
    >>> won't answer inquiries regarding a timeline of a
    >>> license. My license expires in March. Glad I turned
    >>> my stuff in 7 months early. Hope I hear something
    >>> before then!
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> On 11/20/10, D wrote:
    >>>> Sad thing is how many of those applicants are
    >>>> actually highly skilled, trained and experienced
    >>>> educators who, instead of being in a classroom, are
    >>>> just waiting it out elsewhere. I would think the
    >>>> state would want the best educators in the
    >>>> classroom. That is not going to happen with this
    >>>> current definition of highly qualified (holding a
    >>>> Colorado license) and the current application
    >>>> backlog.
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> On 11/19/10, Still Waiting wrote:
    >>>>> I sent in all of my information to the state back
    >>>>> in July. I still have not had my license
    >>>>> approved. They told me in Sept. that it would
    >>>>> closer to 16 weeks. I believe now that it has
    >>>>> been close to 18. I just sent an inquiry to the
    >>>>> state. This is just crazy.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> On 11/18/10, g wrote:
    >>>>>> On 9/27/10, Sande wrote:
    >>>>>>> I just renewed my Oregon License from 15
    >>>>>>> years ago, and the process took about that
    >>>>>>> long-----with budget cuts and less staff, the
    >>>>>>> ed. offices are taking longer to process the
    >>>>>>> tons of things coming through. I think that
    >>>>>>> your time frame is , lamentably, fairly
    >>>>>>> normal.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> On 9/26/10, DJ wrote:
    >>>>>>>> I am a Texas certified educator who has
    >>>>>>>> applied to have my license reciprocated
    >>>>>>>> here in Colorado. I was told to check the
    >>>>>>>> website 4-5 days after "12-14 weeks
    >>>>>>>> for processing". Does it actually take
    >>>>>>>> that long? Your experiences, please. It has
    >>>>>>>> been about 6 weeks now. It seems like it
    >>>>>>>> should not take as long for someone with a
    >>>>>>>> current license from another state.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Yes, I agree with Sande. It does take that
    >>>>>> long. So many cuts yet so many vying for
    >>>>>> teacher licensure and jobs...