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About this Program

The Special Education Alternative Licensure Program (ALP SED) is a two-year program designed for candidates teaching special education.



ALP SED candidates must:

  • Have 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
  • Pass the PRAXIS #5901 – Three Subtests in Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science
  • Meet the Colorado Department of Education ALP requirements
  • Attend a two-week Summer Seminar in July


Year 1

  • Attend MSU Denver ALP SED classes and complete Special Education coursework
  • Demonstrate proficiency on all Colorado Teacher Quality Standards for Colorado Special Education Generalist
  • Complete a four-week summer practicum at the end of Year 1
  • Face-to-face coaching
  • Face-to-face with some online classes

Year 2

  • Attend MSU Denver ALP SED classes and complete Special Education coursework
  • Complete a Teacher Work Sample and Portfolio
  • Pass the PRAXIS #5354 Special Education Core Knowledge
  • Pass the PRAXIS #5205 Teaching Reading: Elementary
  • Face-to-face coaching
  • Face-to-face with some online classes


  • 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.


  • Teacher Candidates enrolled in ALP SED complete 48 hours of special education coursework during the two-week summer seminar in July of the first year, at weekly classes for two years and during a four-week summer practicum between years one and two.
  • Teacher Candidates will be eligible for the Initial Special Education Generalist License from the Colorado Department of Education when they have successfully completed the ALP SED program and achieved a passing score on the Special Education PRAXIS #5354.
  • MSU Denver course curriculum includes:
    • Classroom procedures and routines
    • Behavior management
    • Short and long-range lesson planning
    • Methods for teaching students with disabilities
    • Special education law
    • Assessment
    • Literacy and mathematics instruction
    • Differentiated instruction


  • All ALP SED candidates are required to attend a two-week summer seminar in July.
  • During the school year, candidates must attend classes held every Tuesday from 5:15pm – 8:15pm.

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

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West Classroom: 162

(303) 615-0013

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