Alternative teacher preparation programs provide a pathway to prepare educators who have professional experience and content knowledge to meet high need areas in Colorado schools. Find out more on the Colorado Department of Education's Alternative Licensure page.
UCCS is one of over 25 (designated agencies) approved by CDE to offer alternative teaching licensure programs. We are a one-year program, authorized to provide programs in secondary (7-12) english, math, science, and social studies and K-12 foreign language. To get started, you will need to complete certain steps with both CDE and with UCCS.
Your pathway to alternative licensure begins when you apply online to the Colorado Department of Education for an Alternative Teacher license. Successful completion of the first step within the Alternative Teacher application will result in your being issued a Statement of Eligibility (SOE). A Statement of Eligibility means you are eligible to earn a teaching license (and thus be hired to teach). The following list outlines CDE's requirements for a Statement of Eligibility.
The ALP at UCCS is a subplan under the MA Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. To apply go to
Deadline: Rolling Admission
Fingerprint Check for Fieldwork
College of Education students who will complete a field experience as part of their degree program must submit fingerprint cards to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in order to be appropriately screened before entering schools or agencies as a fieldwork student. Students who have completed a background check utilizing fingerprints for employment (and can provide proof) do not have to repeat this process as part of their fieldwork requirements. In some cases, an educator who held a license prior to 2004 will not have fingerprints on file. Under current law these educators will be required to complete the fingerprint requirement when submitting an application.
It is your responsibility to obtain a full-time teaching position in your endorsement area. As soon as you do, your employer will issue you a contract and a Statement of Assurance (SOA) which must also be signed by the Director of Teacher Education at UCCS. Submit these documents to the Colorado Department of Education, and they will issue you an Alternative Teaching License, good for 12 months.
Your final step to licensure is to complete an approved alternative licensure program. If you have affiliated with ALP at UCCS that means you must complete all ten courses before your Alternative Teacher License expires.
Licensure Only (33 credit hours) Core Courses:
|CURR 5800-3 School, Society, & Diversity|
|TED 5520-3 Educational Psychology|
|SPED 5001-3 Introduction to Special Education|
|TED 5800-3 ESL for Educators|
|Summer Courses: Students may take these courses prior to securing a full-time teaching position|
|CURR 5014-3 Instructional & Classroom Management Strategies I, Secondary|
|CURR 5016-3 Instructional & Classroom Management Strategies II, Secondary|
|Fall Courses: Students may NOT take these courses until they have a full-time teaching position|
|CURR 5491,5492,5493,5494,5495-3(select one) Secondary Content Area|
|CURR 5018-3 Alternative Teacher Seminar in Secondary Education I|
|Spring Courses: Students may NOT take these courses without a full-time teaching position|
|CURR 5400-3 Teaching Reading & Writing in the Content Areas|
|CURR 5020-3 Alternative Teacher Seminar in Secondary Education II|
|Licensure & Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction
(6 additional credits, total of 39 credit hrs.) A Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction includes the coursework for ALP (listed above) and the following additional courses, taken within three semesters of completing the ALP.
|LEAD 5700 - Introduction to Research & Statistics|
|CURR 5090 - Research Project|
It is the student responsibility to make sure that all program requirements and licensure procedures are completed appropriately. All participants in the ALP must maintain a 3.0 GPA and receive no grade lower than a B- in any class. Because the program requires immediate participation on the job in a school, there are no opportunities for Incompletes in the methods or alternative teaching classes.