Colorado Coaching Consortium

Colorado Coaching Credential

Aligned to the Colorado Competencies for Early Childhood Coaches, the Colorado Coaching Credential recognizes coaches who have the foundational skills and dispositions critical for effective coaching. Incorporating 3 Levels, the Coaching Credential provides a professional pathway for entry level coaches to very experienced coaches. For questions and more information, please contact the Colorado Coaching Consortium at 

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.

Relationship Based Professional Development Training Options

The Early Childhood Professional Development team at the Colorado Department of Education will provide the 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.

In addition to this series, individuals applying for a coaching credential can apply to have previous trainings they have participated in apply toward this requirement. Individuals may include the following applications with their Coaching Credential application:

Individuals and Organizations who provide training to coaches and would like to apply to have their training approved to meet the Relationship Based Professional Development training requirement for the credential can use the following application:

Current Approved Trainings:
  • Coaching with the EQ RELATE
  • Using Coaching Skills in Early Childhood Settings (ECED 4410/5410/5800) University of Colorado Denver
  • Pyramid Plus Coach Certification Institute

In addition, documentation of completion of any of the following trainings prior to July 31st, 2015 will meet the training requirement for the credential:

  • Coaching with the EQ RELATE training
  • Pyramid Plus Coaching Certification
  • Early Childhood Coaching Courses at UC Denver (at least 2 of the 3 courses)
  • Invest in Kids Incredible Years Peer Coach Certification
  • Horizons in Learning Coaching For Success & Sustainable Change Program
  • CDE Coaching to Support Professional Development of Early Childhood Staff in Inclusive Classroom, Coaches Skill-Building Two Day Workshops
  • Qualistar Colorado Coaching and the Rating training
  • Learning-Focused Mentoring: Consulting, Collaborating and Coaching for Professional Excellence seminar
  • Cognitive Coaching Training
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