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What is an Alternative Licensure Program (ALP)?

  • 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.

Who becomes an ALP Teacher Candidate?

  • Anyone who wants to teach and has a Bachelor's Degree, but has not completed an educator preparation program.
  • Anyone who has applied for an Alternative License from the Colorado Department of Education and has been hired as a full-time teacher in any Colorado Front Range area public school district, public or private charter school, or accredited private school.

What can I expect, as a Teacher Candidate, in the program?

  • Receive face-to-face coaching
  • Full-time teaching experience while in the program
  • Attend face-to-face and online classes
  • Upon successful completion of the program, Teacher Candidates can apply for an Initial License for teaching in Colorado provided they have met all of the State requirements.

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Program Acronym Key:

ALP: an acronym for the entire Alternative Licensure Program at MSU Denver

Gen Ed: Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) to Grade 12 Education

ALP 1: One-year version of the ALP

ALP 2:  Two-year version of the ALP

ALP 2 MAT: Two-year Master of Teaching in Elementary Education Program (Pre-K to Grade 12)

ALP SED: Two-year Special Education Licensure Program (for ages 5-21)

ALP SED MAT: Two-year Master of Teaching and Special Education Licensure (for Ages 5-21)

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