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About this Program

The General Education Alternative Licensure 2-Year Program (ALP 2) includes professional coursework, classroom observation, and coaching designed for candidates teaching early childhood Education through 12th grade.



ALP 2 Candidates must:

  • 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



Year 1

  • Attend five days of Summer Seminar training in July
  • Attend MSU Denver ALP 2 classes and complete ALP 2 coursework
  • Demonstrate proficiency on approximately half of the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards
  • Complete a Teacher Work Sample
  • Begin building a Teaching Portfolio documenting progress toward meeting the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards
  • Complete 140 hours of contact time with support team
  • Face-to-face coaching
  • Face-to-face and online classes

Year 2

  • Complete remaining requirements for Teaching Portfolio
  • Demonstrate proficiency on remaining Colorado Teacher Quality Standards
  • Complete 85 hours of contact time with support team
  • Face-to-face coaching
  • Face-to-face with some online classes



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

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



  • ALP 2 candidates are required to attend five days of “SUMMER SEMINAR” training in July.
  • During the school year, classes are held once a week 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.

Contact the Alternative Licensure Program

Visit the department website

West Classroom: 162

(303) 615-0013

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