Program Eligibility Checklist

Eligibility Requirements
Established through Colorado Statue the following is required of a potential candidate.  
  1. Hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree issued by a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  2. Secure a full-time teaching contract in the appropriate teaching/endorsement area with one of the following public-school districts: Colorado River BOCES member and associate member districts (Roaring Fork, Garfield Re-2, Garfield 16, and Debeque), or other school districts from across the region or state.
  3. Complete an application to our program
  4. Complete an alternative license application with CDE online and receive an alternative license from CDE for the appropriate teaching/endorsement area by September 30th to complete the ALP requirements that school year.  You can be accepted into the program later, but you may need to extend your program into a second year.  
    • As part of the alternative license application process, CDE will need to verify that the candidate has either:
      • Documented evidence of 24 semester hours of college level coursework for the teaching/endorsement area they are employed in from a regionally accredited college or university; OR
      • A passing score on the approved Colorado assessment PLACE for the teaching/endorsement area they are employed in. Colorado accepts the nationwide PRAXIS II test for the following five content areas only: Elementary Education, English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
    • You need to complete the Statement of Assurance form for your application
    • CDE will also require that you submit fingerprints to verify your background