Not licensed but want to teach?
Not licensed but want to teach?
What is an alternative teaching license?
An alternative teaching license lets you teach while you complete your teacher preparation program. You’ll earn a salary, take classes outside of school hours and put your new skills into practice as you go. (1)
Alternative licensure programs work directly with school districts to train teachers. Colorado has alternative licensure programs across the state, so you can find one that works for you!
Who should consider alternative licensure?
Alternative licensure could be a great option if you:
- Recently completed an undergraduate degree but have not completed a teacher preparation program.
- Are mid-career but are interested in making a difference.
- Are a community member with a college degree and life experiences you could apply to the classroom.
- Are a school staff member who wants to get your teaching license faster.
Benefits of alternative licensure
What if I have an out-of-state teaching license? If you already have a teaching license or certificate from another state, you may not have to apply to an alternative teacher licensure program in Colorado. Learn about Colorado’s out-of-state licensing process at the Department of Education’s Credentialing Guide.
How to apply for an alternative teaching license
To get an alternative teaching license, you’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
You’ll also need a teaching job in a Colorado school district. The jobs you apply for should match the subject and grade level you want to eventually teach. In your job applications, make sure to say that you're prepared to enter an alternative licensure program. If you’re hired, your school district will help you identify and apply to their teaching program partner.
Check out the district job boards below to find the position that’s right for you!
Want to know more about the alternative licensure process? Our Alternative Licensure article has more information about the steps you’ll need to take!
Pay and benefits vary by district, so make sure you check out district salary schedules to know what to expect! You can also learn more about Colorado salaries at our Salary and Benefits page.
Start here. Apply for a teaching job!
Your next step: Talk to a coach for free
Want to learn more about alternative licensure? Sign up for a free coaching call with our alternative licensure specialist. Get answers to your specific questions, and map out your path to the classroom!
Our Coaching page has more information about what to expect, plus tips to prepare for your session.
Not sure if a 1:1 coaching call is the right next step for you? TEACH Colorado also offers group coaching! Visit our Events page to find an info session that matches your interests and works with your schedule.
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- Alternative Teacher Candidates: What You Need to Know, Colorado Department of Education. https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/altteacheroverview
- Colorado’s Educator Shortage Survey Results, Colorado Department of Education. https://www.cde.state.co.us/educatortalent/edshortage-surveyresults