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Introduction to the Alternative Licensure Program

The Colorado General Assembly recognizes that many school districts face a shortage of teachers and often struggle to find qualified persons to teach their students. As a result The General Assembly passed legislation that permits persons with experience in areas other than public school teaching to teach under the State regulations for Alternative Licensure Programs. 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. ALP candidates are both full time teachers and students. ALP candidates attend classes one night a week at MSU Denver and learn how to be an effective teacher. At the end of the program, ALP candidates receive an Initial License for teaching in Colorado, provided they have met the State requirements for an Initial License.

All candidates admitted to any of the MSU Denver Alternative Licensure Programs must have an SOE and obtain a full time teaching position prior to admission.

The One Year Alternative Licensure Program (ALP 1) is a one year program for candidates teaching regular education and having at least two years of previous contractual teaching experience in the same grade level and content as the current teaching position. Prior to admission, ALP 1 candidates will be required to create a portfolio, demonstrating proficiency in at least 1/2 of the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards. During the year, the ALP 1 candidate is both a full time teacher and student. Candidates in the ALP 1 program may be hired by member school districts, metro-area non-member school districts, charter schools and accredited private schools.

The Two Year Alternative Licensure Program (ALP 2) is a two year program designed for candidates teaching regular education with little or no previous teaching experience, or those who don't qualify for ALP 1. In the first year, the ALP 2 candidate is both a full time teacher and a student. In the second year, the ALP candidate is a full time teacher and receives coaching to complete the requirements for an Initial License. Candidates in the ALP 2 program may be hired by member school districts, metro-area non-member school districts, charter schools and accredited private schools.

The Alternative Licensure Program Special Education (ALP SED) is a two year program designed for candidates teaching special education. For two years, the ALP SED candidate is both a full time teacher and student. Candidates in the ALP SED program may be hired by member school districts, metro-area non-member school districts, charter schools and accredited private schools.

The Alternative Licensure Program Special Education Concentration Master of Arts in Teaching (ALP SED MAT) is a two year program designed for candidates teaching special education and who qualify for the MAT graduate coursework, leading the a MAT. For two years, the ALP SED candidate is both a full time teacher and graduate student. Candidates in the ALP SED program may be hired by member school districts, metro-area non-member school districts, charter schools and accredited private schools.

Please Note: At this time MSU Denver graduate-level programs are only available for special education. Participants in regular education (ALP 1 & ALP 2) are not eligible for the Master of Arts in Teaching.