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Metropolitan State University of Denver


We empower Colorado’s students to advance their lives and careers through high-quality, real-world education. And we power the state economy through our 95,000 work-ready graduates, more than 80% of whom stay in Colorado. Based in the heart of the Mile-High City, MSU Denver provides unparalleled access to internships and professional networks that jump-start careers.

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  • Denver, CO

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Lisa Nolan

MSU Denver allows you to be who you are while embracing that journey with a diverse community of people from all walks of life who will someday make the difference in a child’s life by teaching, inspiring and motivating.

Lisa Nolan

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Licensure/Alternative Licensure only

Master’s + Alternative Licensure Program

  • From 12 to 24 months

    Program Duration

  • Hybrid

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


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Program Info

The Metropolitan State University of Denver Alternative Licensure Program is a challenging and rigorous program that includes professional coursework, seminars, observation and in-class coaching. It is designed specifically to help someone learn to be a quality teacher. The program includes 1- and 2-year options depending on the candidate’s experience. This program is designed for recent undergraduates or professionals currently working as a teacher of record in a preK-12 classroom, and who want to obtain a teaching license. MSU Denver offers both face-to-face and online classes, instructors who are master teachers and the opportunity to develop effective teaching techniques. 

The Alternative Licensure Program at MSU Denver is a success-oriented, student-driven teacher preparation program that provides you with growth opportunities and a quality education through collaborative and supportive relationships that emphasize head/heart teaching.

Upcoming Deadlines

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    Program Start

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Ways to Lower Your Costs

Students at Metropolitan State University of Denver have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with Metropolitan State University of Denver to see if you can, too!



If students enroll in the 1 year program, you only pay $5,350.

For our 2 year Alternative Licensure only program you pay: 

  • Year 1: $5,350
  • Year 2: $2,500

If students enroll in our Special Education Licensure only program you pay: 

  • Year 1: $4,975
  • Year 2: $4,975

Student Loans, Payroll Deduction

Payroll deduction option for tuition payments

Loan Forgiveness

Federal Loan Forgiveness Program

For more information visit:Financial Aid Office

Licensure Areas

Agriculture & Renewable Natural Resources (7-12)
Business Education (7-12)
Business/Marketing (7-12)
Drama (K-12)
Early Childhood Education Early Childhood Education (Birth-3)
Elementary Education (K-6)
English Language Arts (7-12)
Family & Consumer Sciences (7-12)
Health (K-12)
Instructional Technology (K-12)
Mathematics Middle School (6-8)
Mathematics Secondary Education (7-12)
Music (K-12)
Physical Education (K-12)
Science (7-12)
Social Studies (7-12)
Special Education Generalist (K-12)
Speech (7-12)
Technology Education (Industrial Arts) (7-12)
Visual Arts (K-12)


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  • Female



  • American Indian or Alaskan Native

  • Asian

  • Black

  • Hispanic/Latino

  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander

  • White

  • Two or more races








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