Alternative Licensure Program

Alternative Licensure Program (ALP)

About Alternative Licensure in Colorado

The Alternative Licensure Program (ALP) at UCCS is a "designated agency" approved by the Colorado State Board of Education to provide a one-year program for candidates seeking licensure in one of these areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies or World Languages. We work with self-motivated, committed, resourceful candidates who can readily assume teaching roles in public school classrooms. Ideal ALP applicants are paraprofessionals, substitute teachers, career changers, retired military, OR others who have the background and potential for successfully completing this rigorous, fast-paced program. Those seeking only licensure can complete the program with ten courses. Those seeking an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction need to complete only two more courses within three semesters of completing the ALP. To get started, you will need to complete certain steps with both CDE and with UCCS.

Step 1: Choose a Licensure Area and Confirm Content Competence
Step 2: Affiliate with a Designated Agency
Step 3: Start taking ALP Core Courses
Step 4: Secure a Teaching Position and Apply for Alternative Teacher License
Step 5: Complete the Program