General Education Alternative Licensure 1-Year Program
A one-year program designed for candidates teaching general education (early childhood through 12th grade) with at least two years of previous contractual teaching experience.
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.
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.
To enroll, all candidates must:
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.
2021-2022 Academic Year Tuition for Alternative Licensure Programs
Option 1 – Pay in full
Option 3 – Financial Aid
Secondary and ECE teachers: if you are missing any of the required 24 semester hours of college credit in the primary subject, or if you are unsure if your credits will count, you should take the PRAXIS II exam in the content area you would like to teach. However, Foreign Language teachers wanting an endorsement for teaching Chinese may only use the PRAXIS II or NES exam.
If a school district cannot find a highly qualified teacher with a Colorado teaching license, they have the option to hire a highly qualified individual who does not have a teaching license, but does have an Alternative License and that individual enters into and completes an Alternative Licensure Program within the specified number of years.
Please Note: The ALP office does not know the hiring needs of each school district.
In general, the Colorado Department of Education requires that alternatively licensed teachers are hired under a full-time employment contract.
However, alternatively licensed teachers with more than a half-time teaching contract (e.g. at least 0.51 FTE) may be allowed to enroll in the MSU Denver Alternative Licensure Program with CDE permission.
At the end of each program, candidates who successfully complete the program will be eligible to apply for an Initial Colorado Teaching License.
ALP is a unique teacher preparation program that weaves coursework with the experience of teaching in the classroom. The program is structured to present information and skills when the candidate can apply them to his/her classroom. Because of this unique design, coursework from previous teacher preparation programs are not transferred into ALP.
Yes, it is a required part of the program. If you are hired after the summer sessions have ended, you will be required to make-up the missed work.
A Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education can be pursued at the same time as the ALP. See the Programs section of this page for details.
Tuition and payment options for the Alternative Licensure Programs are covered in the Tuition section of this page.