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What is Alternative Licensure?

Alternative licensure is a pathway that allows school districts to hire candidates with specific content knowledge and who hold an undergraduate or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education to teach while completing the necessary teacher training based on the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards. While serving as a teacher, alternative candidates put what they learn into practice immediately.

 

What is required to join an Alternative Licensure Program?

  • A desire to teach
  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • A teaching job in Pre-K through 12th grade

 

What do our programs offer?

  • Face-to-face classes
  • One-on-one coaching sessions
  • Instructors who are master teachers with teaching experience
  • Development of effective teaching techniques
  • Program options at the undergraduate level for post-baccalaureate candidates interested only in teaching credentials
  • Program options at the graduate level for post-baccalaureate candidates interested in teaching credentials and a master’s degree

Choose an alternative licensure program that meets your needs

Metropolitan State University of Denver offers five Alternative Licensure Programs. Teacher Candidates in the Alternative Licensure Programs may be hired by any Colorado Front Range area public school district, public or private charter school, or accredited private school.

Browse our program options below.

Enroll today and begin your next chapter

To enroll, all candidates must:

  • Have an “alternative license pending employment/program” status with the Colorado Department of Education;
  • Have a full-time teaching contract.

 

Once you have completed these two steps, email [email protected] or call 303-615-0013 to gain access to the enrollment documents and process.

 

Please Note: access to enrollment forms is restricted to those who meet the requirements.

  • Individuals who have been hired as a full-time teacher and have submitted their application for an Alternative Teaching License, but who do not have a status of “alternative license pending” will be given access to the forms on a case by case basis.
  • Individuals who have an “alternative license pending employment/program” status, but have not been hired as a full time teacher will not be given access to the forms.

Tuition

2021-2022 Academic Year Tuition for Alternative Licensure Programs

General Education Alternative Licensure 1-Year Program (ALP1)

  • Tuition is $5,350.00 + Mandatory Student Fees
  • 10 undergraduate credits are awarded during the fall semester and 15 credits are awarded during the spring semester, for a total of 25 credits.
  • Tuition and fee rates are subject to change.

 

General Education Alternative Licensure 2-Year Program (ALP2)

  • Tuition is $5,350.00 for the first year + Mandatory Student Fees
  • 10 undergraduate credits are awarded for the fall semester and 20 undergraduate credits are awarded for the spring semester, for a total of 30 credits
  • Second year ALP2 candidates will receive coaching by a MSU Denver ALP coach
  • The cost for coaching during the second year is $2,500.00
  • Zero credits are awarded during the second year
  • Tuition and fee rates are subject to change.

 

Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education with Alternative Licensure (ALP2 MAT)

  • Tuition is $7,240.00 for the first year and $4,590.00 for the second year, for a total of $11,830.00 + Mandatory Student Fees
  • A total of 49 graduate credits will be awarded
  • To earn the master’s degree, students enrolled in ALP2 MAT are required to take 3 additional courses outside of the ALP2 MAT program at an additional cost to the student
  • The tuition and fees for these additional courses will vary
  • Tuition and fee rates are subject to change.

 

Special Education Alternative Licensure Program (ALP SED)

  • Tuition is $4,975.00 for each of the two years, for a total of $9,950.00 + Mandatory Student Fees
  • 12 undergraduate credits are awarded each semester for a total of 48 credits
  • Tuition and fee rates are subject to change.

 

Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education with Alternative Licensure (ALP SED MAT)

  • Tuition is $6,865.00 for each of the two years, for a total of $13,730.00 + Mandatory Student Fees
  • A total of 49 graduate credits will be awarded
  • The tuition and fees for these additional courses will vary
  • Tuition and fee rates are subject to change.

Payment Options

Option 1 – Pay in full

  • Students may pay each semester’s tuition and fees in full by the tuition and fee payment deadline, set by the Bursar’s Office.
  • Students who pay in full by the deadline will not be charged additional monthly service charges.
  • If a District/school is willing to payroll deduct, students may have their tuition deducted from their monthly paycheck for eight (8) months, September-April.
  • Students who are payroll deducted will be charged additional monthly service fees. These fees cannot be payroll deducted.

Option 3 –  Financial Aid

  • ALP1, first year ALP2, ALP2 MAT, ALP SED and ALP SED MAT students may apply for financial aid through FAFSA.

Frequently Asked Questions

Alternative Licensure Faculty & Staff

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Eron Reed

ALP 1 & 2 Elementary Education Instructor

[email protected] Reed Directory Profile
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Christina Shimrock

ALP 1 Secondary Education Instructor

[email protected] Shimrock Directory Profile
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Cindy Price

ALP 2 Secondary Education Instructor

[email protected] Price Directory Profile
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Courtney Berry

ALP Special Education Instructor

[email protected] Berry Directory Profile
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Jeanne Bonds

ALP Special Education Instructor

[email protected] Bonds Directory Profile

Questions?

Our contact information can be found to the right, but if you'd like to ask a quick question, please use the button below.

Email Us: [email protected]

 

Phone
303-615-0013

Campus Location
West Classroom Building, Suite 162

 

Mailing Address
Campus Box 21
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362