Extended Studies

PPBOCES/UCCS Two Year Alternative Program Teacher-in-Residence

The Teacher-in-Residence (TIRP) is operated by the Pikes Peak Board of Cooperative Educational Services (PPBOCES) and the Campus Wide Extended Studies, University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

This alternative licensure program offers a unique "road to travel" to earn a Colorado Teacher License. The two-year program allows one to earn a salary while teaching in a classroom. Participants develop the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the program and concurrently earn a Colorado Teacher License.

Upon successful completion of the program, candidates can apply for an Initial Colorado Teacher's License. UCCS College of Education offers the opportunity for TIRP participants to enroll for UCCS graduate credit, 9 graduate credit hours can be used toward degree requirements for the Masters in Curriculum & Instruction.

Applications are accepted year round, programs begin in January & August of each year: PPBOCES Application »

Teacher-in-Residence Options

General Education
(5 Semester Program)
Special Education
(6 Semester Program)
UCCS Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum & Instruction (on campus or online) »
Fall 2015 Courses
View PPBOCES Program details on www.tirp.org »

Course Description

The TIRP is a field-based program for the mature learner. As such, it may be unsuitable for some people.
  • Is two years long, including a summer session. (For the Special Ed Generalist Endorsement, two summer sessions are required)
  • Begins in August and January
  • Includes mentoring. Each teacher is assigned a mentor and a field coach to support one's growth as a teacher.
  • Includes classroom observation/supervision activities. Each teacher will participate in 100 hours of professional development within their school which is then recorded on their Professional Development log.
  • Includes a teacher education curriculum based on the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards and Elements.
  • Participants are expected to attend all classes. Classes are held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Successfully demonstrate each of the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards and Elements
  • Successfully complete all assignments from the teacher education curriculum.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the TIRP, candidates must:
  • Take and pass the PLACE or PRAXIS II test in his/her content area if applying without the 24 credits. Elementary Teachers must take the PLACE or PRAXIS II to meet the state requirements.
  • Earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. 24 credits must align with an area in which Colorado grants a Teacher License, see our website under Program Requirements.
  • Pass a background check, including fingerprinting (request fp card from office).
  • Have a strong capacity to learn the considerable skills of teaching while being a beginning teacher.
  • Pay an initial fee of $1,000.00 upon receiving an employment contract as a teacher, which is payable by a cashier's check or money order to PPBOCES/2YALP.