College of Education

The College of Education is pleased to introduce the new online Alternative Licensure Program.


The ALP is a one-year intensive program that leads to recommendation for Colorado provisional licensure. The program has its own complete admission process beyond the admission requirements of the University.

The Alternative Licensure Program seeks self-motivated, committed, resourceful individuals who can readily assume teaching roles in a public school classroom. Examples are para-professionals, substitute teachers, career change individuals, retired military or those who have the background and potential for successfully completing this rigorous, fast-paced program.

We provide licensure training in the following Secondary (7 - 12) Endorsement Areas:

  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish (K-12)

The program is intended for graduate students who have had significant classroom experience working with adolescents in middle and/or high school settings.  With an additional 6 credits (LEAD 5700 and CURR 5090) the program leads to a master’s degree. The ALP program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is a designated agency authorized by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to offer secondary licenses in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and K-12 Spanish. 

Alternative Licensure + MA in C&I

A student who completes the ALP may take an additional six credit hours in order to attain a Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction. 

These additional courses must be completed within three semesters of completing the licensure program.

Advising Sessions

  1. Listen and watch the appropriate advising session(s) for your program.
  2. Complete the respective Advising Session quiz. Select undergraduate quiz or graduate quiz, as appropriate for your program.

Information Binder

The full Information Binder may be viewed on the Downloads & Forms page.


The following table outlines the requirements for an ALP candidate:

Licensure Program Requirements for Accepted CandidatesCriteria
Degrees Must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
Student Teaching Did not complete an approved educator preparation program with student teaching.
Credits in Endorsement Areas Must have an above-listed major or 30+ semester hours in the desired endorsement area—these courses must correspond to areas specified in the Colorado State Standards.
Exams Must have passed the State Board of Education-approved content exam for the endorsement being sought.
Other Must have passed a criminal background check, including submission of fingerprints.


Licensure Only (33 credits)

Core Courses

Course #
Semester Credits
TED 5000 - School, Society, & Diversity 3
TED 5520 - Educational Psychology 3
SPED 5001- Introduction to Special Education 3
TED 5800 - ESL for Educators 3


Course #
Semester Credits
CURR 5014 - Instructional & Classroom Management Strategies I, Secondary 3
CURR 5016 - Instructional & Classroom Management Strategies II, Secondary 3


Course #
Semester Credits
CURR 5491, 5495 - Specific Secondary Content Area 3
CURR 5018 - Resident Teaching & Seminar Secondary 3


The requirements for these courses is that you have a full time teaching position with supervision and support by a University Supervisor, a mentor teacher, and the school principal. The Resident Teaching courses in fall and spring include an on-line seminar.


Course #
Semester Credits
CURR 5400 - Teaching Reading & Writing in the Content Areas 3
CURR 5020 - Resident Teaching Seminar in Secondary Education 3


Only students who secure resident teaching positions are eligible to take the fall and spring resident teaching courses.

Licensure + Degree (6 additional credits)

A Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction includes the coursework for ALP (listed above) and the following additional courses:

Course #
Semester Credits
LEAD 5700 - Introduction to Research & Statistics 3
CURR 5090 - Research Project 3

Applying for Provisional License

Once the resident teacher has successfully completed the program, the Recommendation for Licensure is completed and within 8 to 10 weeks CDE issues a provisional license to the resident teacher.

Program Requirements

It is your responsibility to make sure that you complete program requirements and licensure procedures appropriately.  (It is required that all participants in the ALP 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 resident teaching classes.)

Only students who secure resident teaching positions are eligible to take the fall and spring resident teaching courses.

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