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Mountain BOCES

Mountain BOCES


Mountain Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) offers licensure and professional development programs to Colorado educators and administrators. Our programs are open to all Colorado educators, with discounted services for member districts:

Alternative Teacher Licensure Program: A one-year teacher preparation program with training and coursework, toward a credential in early childhood education (birth–age 8), elementary education (grades K–6) or secondary education (grades 7–12)

Alternative Principal Licensure Program: A one-year principal preparation program with training and coursework, for alternative candidates to obtain an initial principal license

Teacher/Specialized Service Provider Induction: A one-year induction program for teachers and special services professionals, with all resources and coursework online

Principal and Administrator Induction: A one-year induction program for eligible principals and administrators who hold an initial Colorado license, with all resources and coursework online

Mentor Certification: An eight-month course designed to provide experienced educators the tools they need to be effective mentors to new staff, FREE to member-district educators

Special Education Generalist Certification: A pathway for licensed educators to earn their special education endorsement

  • College or University
  • Leadville, CO

Institution Links

  • Admissions
  • Financial Aid Office
  • Online Application
Mountain BOCES

Licensure/Alternative Licensure only

Alternative Teacher Licensure

  • Online

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


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Program Info


Tuition Amount

In-District Teacher$5,500
Out-of-District Teacher$6,000

In-District Special Education Teacher

Out-of-District Special Education Teacher$6,800


If you currently work in a Colorado school district, you can turn your content knowledge into a teaching credential. Mountain BOCES offers an alternative teacher pathway to non-licensed educators who are currently teaching in Colorado schools. Mountain BOCES offers credential pathways in 21 different endorsement areas, all approved through the Colorado Department of Education. 

This one-year teacher preparation program is unique in that for most endorsement areas, you can start and finish the program at any time during the year. For the Special Education Generalist endorsement, you must start the program by the end of October, and you must hold a license in another area before you enter the program.

Upcoming Deadlines

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Ways to Lower Your Costs

Students at Mountain BOCES have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with Mountain BOCES to see if you can, too!


For more information visit:Financial Aid Office

Licensure Areas

Agriculture & Renewable Natural Resources (7-12)
Business Education / Business/Marketing (7-12)
Dance (K-12)
Drama (K-12)
English Language Arts (7-12)
Family & Consumer Sciences (7-12)
Health (K-12)
Instructional Technology (K-12)
Mathematics (7-12)
Mathematics Middle School (6-8)
Music (K-12)
Physical Education (K-12)
Science (7-12)
Visual Arts (K-12)
World Languages (K-12)

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