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pencils in a cupMetropolitan State University of Denver offers five Alternative Licensure Programs. Teacher Candidates in the Alternative Licensure Programs may be hired by any Colorado Front Range area public school district, or public charter school.

Alternative Licensure Program General Education (ALP 1 and ALP 2)

  • A program for candidates teaching general education in Early Childhood Education through 12th grade
  • ALP 1 is a one-year program where Teacher Candidates are required to have at least two years of previous contractual teaching experience in the United States and in the same grade level and/or content as the licensure area.
  • During the year, the ALP 1 Teacher Candidate is both a full-time teacher and student. ALP 1 Teacher Candidates will be required to attend a Portfolio Training class in late July or early August preparing them to create a portfolio which demonstrates proficiency in at least one-half of the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards.
  • ALP 2 is a two-year program designed for candidates teaching general education with little or no previous teaching experience, or those who don't qualify for ALP 1.
  • In the first year, the ALP 2 Teacher Candidate is both a full-time teacher and a student.
  • In the second year, the ALP 2 Teacher Candidate is a full-time teacher and receives coaching to complete the requirements for an Initial License. 

Alternative Licensure Program Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education Concentration  (ALP 2 MAT)

  • ALP 2 MAT is a two-year program designed for candidates teaching elementary education and who qualify for the MAT graduate coursework, leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching.
  • For two years, the ALP 2 MAT Teacher Candidate is both a full-time teacher and graduate student.

Alternative Licensure Program Special Education (ALP SED) 

  • ALP SED is a two-year program designed for candidates teaching special education.
  • For two years, the ALP SED candidate is both a full-time teacher and student.

Alternative Licensure Program Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education Concentration  (ALP SED MAT) 

  • ALP SED MAT is a two-year program designed for candidates teaching special education and who qualify for the MAT graduate coursework, leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching.
  • For two years, the ALP SED MAT candidate is both a full-time teacher and graduate student.

Please Note: At this time MSU Denver graduate-level programs are only available for special education and elementary education. 

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