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About this Program

The General Education Alternative Licensure 1-Year Program (ALP 1) includes professional coursework, classroom observation, and coaching designed for candidates teaching Early Childhood Education through 12th grade.



ALP 1 Candidates must:

  • Document a minimum of 2 years of previous, full-time, contracted teaching experience in an accredited public, private or charter PK-12 school in the United States
  • Have teaching experience as the “teacher of record” for the classroom. Paraprofessional and substitute experience will not be counted towards the 2-year minimum requirement
  • Know that the 2-year minimum requirement also needs to be in the same content area and/or level as the content area and/or level in which you will be receiving your teaching license
  • Have been hired as a full-time teacher in any Colorado Front Range public school district, public or private charter school, or accredited private school
  • Meet the Colorado Department of Education ALP requirements


  • Attend a Summer Portfolio training in July
  • Attend MSU Denver ALP 1 classes and complete ALP 1 coursework
  • Complete a Teacher Work Sample and Portfolio
  • Demonstrate proficiency on all Colorado Teacher Quality Standards
  • Complete 225 hours of contact time with support team
  • Face-to-face coaching
  • Face-to-face with some online classes


  • 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.


MSU Denver course curriculum content covers strands important to the development of an effective teacher. They include:

  • Classroom discipline
  • Classroom management
  • Short and long range planning
  • Unit and lesson plans, implementation
  • Comprehensive assessment
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Current issues in education
  • Literacy


  • ALP 1 Teacher Candidates are required to attend a Summer Portfolio training class in late July.
  • During the school year classes are held every Wednesday from 5:15pm – 8:15pm.
  • Classes are face-to-face with some online.

Program Accreditation

MSU Denver’s teacher licensure programs are approved by the Colorado State Board of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

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