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.

Our partner, TEACH Colorado, is a program that provides free support to anyone who’s thinking about becoming a teacher. When you sign up, you get perks like 1-on-1 coaching, up to $100 back in fee reimbursements towards expenses related to applying to our program (including testing and fingerprints), and a chance to win a regional $1,000 scholarship!

To capitalize on the application fee reimbursement, you just have to create a TEACH Colorado account here before you apply to UCCS. Once you have subscribed to TEACH Colorado and applied to UCCS, you can submit your application fee reimbursement and apply for the TEACH Colorado scholarship!


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