Introduction to the Alternative Licensure Program
The Alternative Licensure Program (ALP) is designed for people who want to teach and who possess a Bachelor's Degree, but have not completed an educator preparation program. The Colorado General Assembly recognizes that many school districts often struggle to find qualified individuals to teach their students. As a result, the General Assembly passed legislation that permits individuals with experience in areas other than public school teaching to teach under state regulations for Alternative Licensure Programs. These programs provide opportunities for people from various educational backgrounds and walks of life to become teachers. They have opened doors to teaching for minority candidates, persons from other careers, the military, and liberal arts higher education. Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) initiated an Alternative Licensure Program (ALP) in August, 2000, and currently offers four programs that lead to teacher licensure:
- Alternative Licensure Program General Education (ALP 1 and ALP 2)
- Alternative Licensure Program Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education Concentration (ALP 2 MAT)
- Alternative Licensure Program Special Education (ALP SED)
- Alternative Licensure Program Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education Concentration (ALP SED MAT)
During the program, ALP candidates are both full time teachers and students and attend classes one night a week to learn how to become effective teachers. Upon successful completion of the program, ALP candidates may apply for an Initial License for teaching in Colorado provided they have met all of the State requirements.
Metropolitan State University of Denver's Alternative Licensure Program will accept ALP candidates who have applied for an Alternative License from the Colorado Department of Education and have been hired as a full-time teacher in any Colorado Front Range area public school district, charter school or accredited private school.