Alternative Licensure

Program Model

This program leverages personalized, project-based, and competency-based learning models to support candidates in the engaged application of knowledge and skills acquired to be a successful teacher or principal.  

Program Logistics

  • Virtual and local program delivery - minimal travel.

  • The program costs $3,000 for member district candidates, and $4,400 for non-member districts.

  • The program is designed for completion in one year, with an option to extend to two years.

  • Candidates are accepted throughout the State.

  • Candidates have a local support team including their supervisor, mentor, and field supervisor.

License Areas

Candidates can obtain a Principal License or Colorado Teacher license in one of the following areas:

  • Elementary Education (Grades: K-6)

  • Special Education Generalist (Ages: 5-21)

  • Dance (K-12)

  • Drama Theater Arts (K-12)

  • World Languages (K-12)

  • Comprehensive Health (K-12)

  • Instructional Tech (Computers) (K-12)

  • Music (K-12)

  • Physical Education (K-12)

  • Visual Art (K-12)

  • Ag & Renewable Natural Resources (7-12)

  • Business Education (7-12)

  • Business/Marketing (7-12)

  • English Language Arts (7-12)

  • Family and Consumer Studies (7-12)

  • Marketing (7-12)

  • Mathematics (7-12)

  • Science (7-12)

  • Social Studies (7-12)

  • Speech (7-12)

  • TechEducation (Industrial Arts) (7-12)

  • In addition, we offer an added endorsement for currently licensed teachers as a special education generalist.

    Admission Requirements

    Alternative licensure candidates must have a passing score on the appropriate content exam (or credit review), have secured a full-time position in the area in which they seek a license, have the recommendation of a principal or other supervisor, and have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (

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