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What is an alternative teaching license?

Amazing educators come from all walks of life. There are several alternative pathways that can help you complete your preparation program while teaching—allowing you to put your new skills into practice immediately. Alternative preparation programs work directly with school districts to train teachers concurrently while they are teaching in the classroom.

Why get licensed?

Start with your college degree.

If you have a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from a regionally-accredited college or university, you can start your path to the classroom today. You may be a candidate for an alternative licensure program if:

  • You recently acquired an undergraduate degree but did not complete a teacher preparation program.
  • You are mid-career but are interested in making a difference in the lives of students.
  • You are a community member with a college degree and life experiences you could apply to the classroom.
  • You are a paraprofessional interested in an abridged path to licensure.
  • You are a retired member of the military interested in shaping the next generation. (If this is you, make sure that you subscribe to TEACH Colorado and reach out to Troops to Teachers!)
Ready to apply?

If you have an out-of-state license

If you already have your teaching license from another state, you may not have to apply to an alternative teacher licensure program in Colorado. Please check information on Colorado’s out of state licensing process here.

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Why should I pursue an alternative teaching license?

Many candidates who pursue their alternative teaching license are in a position to aid school districts that are experiencing shortages in particular subject areas and locations. More than 7,700 teaching positions needed to be hired for the 2018-2019 school year. Those are job opportunities, just waiting for someone to pursue them! 

  • Schools are constantly hiring

    Many candidates who pursue their alternative teaching license are in a position to aid school districts that are experiencing shortages in particular subject areas and locations. More than 7,700 teaching positions needed to be hired for the 2018-2019 school year. Those are job opportunities, just waiting for someone to pursue them! 

  • Teachers are in high demand

    According to the Colorado Department of Education, school districts across the state need mathematics, science and special education teachers. Meanwhile, small, rural districts need English teachers and non-rural districts need early childhood teachers. Though teacher shortages exist in particular subject areas and locations, we encourage you to check out the district job boards below to find the position that’s right for you.
     

  • Get paid while you learn

    The best part about going through an alternative licensure program is you can get a job first and get paid while you complete your preparation program. You'll also gain familiarity and experience in the classroom while learning the tools of the trade, which will allow you to put your new skills to work immediately.

    The Colorado Center for Rural Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education encourage talented individuals interested in teaching to enroll in an alternative licensure program and work in a rural or small rural school district in Colorado.

    The Rural Alternative Licensure Stipend (RALS) provides recipients with up to $6,000 to pay for a variety of program-related costs (e.g., Alternative Licensure program-, PRAXIS-, Alternative License-, Initial License-, technology- and travel-related costs).

Real job opportunities: School districts are actively looking for people to fill math, science, social studies teaching positions. See the job boards below for current employment opportunities available to you.

Start here. Apply for a teaching job!

The first step is applying to a teaching job within a school district. On your application, state that you're prepared to enter an alternative preparation program. If selected for the position, your school district will help you identify and apply to their partnering alternative preparation program. Here are some of job boards from districts partnering with an alternative preparation program.

Job Board Partnering Program
Aspen 1 University of Colorado Denver ASPIRE
Eagle County RE-50 University of Colorado Denver ASPIRE
Lake County RE-1 University of Colorado Denver ASPIRE
Moffat County 1 San Luis Valley BOCES
Summit County RE-1 University of Colorado Denver ASPIRE

Talk to an expert coach

Sign up for a one-on-one call with a TEACH Colorado coach who specializes in the alternative licensure pathway. This is an opportunity to get your specific questions answered and map out your personalized road to the classroom!
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