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University of Colorado Colorado Springs


The UCCS College of Education prepares teachers to innovate, inspire, and lead in the classrooms and communities they serve. Our graduates enter the profession with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for meaningful, sustainable, high-impact careers. 

UCCS offers undergraduate, graduate, and licensure programs driven by our core values of equity, inquiry, and innovation. Nearly 90% of our graduates secure and sustain teaching jobs in Colorado. US News and World Reports ranks UCCS among its “Top Public Schools,” and the College of Education has been a “Best Education School” since 2019. 

Military Times distinguishes UCCS as a “Best for Vets College,” and we are a “Premier Campus” with a Campus Pride index of 4.5/5 stars. 

We believe all students, at all levels, deserve an excellent education. Our signature programs address critical areas of teacher specialization, such as STEM education, inclusive practices, and rural education. At UCCS, academic courses are taught by experienced pK-12 educators who bridge theory and practice, through personalized and collaborative learning. In schools across the Pike’s Peak region, candidates engage in rich ‘hands on’ field experiences which foster career readiness, social justice, leadership, technology integration, and reflective practice. 

UCCS welcomes traditional and non-traditional learners, active military and veteran students, and candidates from underrepresented communities.

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The UCCS educator preparation programs continue to be highly ranked and regarded within Colorado. According to the Colorado Department of Education, nearly 90% of program completers were hired by districts within Colorado - far surpassing the state average. Once in their classroom, UCCS students continue to be innovators in their teaching by examining new ways to bring effective instruction and an excitement for learning to Colorado's students. What's more, Military Times distinguishes UCCS as a “Best for Vets College,” and we are a “Premier Campus” with a Campus Pride index of 4.5/5 stars. 

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Alternative Licensure Program (ALP)

  • From 18 to 24 months

    Program Duration

  • Hybrid

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


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Program Info

The Alternative Licensure Program (ALP) at UCCS provides self-motivated, committed, resourceful candidates the opportunity to assume full-time teaching positions in Colorado public schools. Ideal ALP applicants are paraprofessionals, substitute teachers, career changers, retired military veterans, or others who have the background, maturity, and drive to complete this rigorous, fast-paced program. Those seeking only licensure can complete the program with ten courses. Once they obtain initial licensure, ALP candidates can earn a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction by taking two additional courses. 

For information on how you can meet the requirements for professional competence in your license endorsement area, please visit the CDE’s website at www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/endorsementrequirements.

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  • $19,940

    In State Tuition

  • $41,160

    Out of State Tuition

  • $60

    Application Fee

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Licensure Areas

English Language Arts (7-12)
Mathematics Middle School (6-8)
Mathematics Secondary Education (7-12)
Science (7-12)
Social Studies (7-12)
World Languages (K-12)

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