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Alternative Teacher Candidates: What You Need to Know

The alternative teacher pathway is intended to allow districts to hire candidates with specific content knowledge and who hold an undergraduate degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and need teacher training based on the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards. Alternative teacher preparation programs can vary in length from 1 year to 3 years. While serving as a teacher, alternative candidates put what they learn into practice immediately.

Using This Page

This page lists the steps you'll take to obtain an alternative educator license in Colorado. It also includes links to resources that help you complete each step.

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1. Complete Degree 

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Complete a four year degree at a regionally accredited college or university

2. Background Check

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Pass CBI and FBI background checks

  • As part of the background check, you must submit your fingerprints to CBI

3. Choose Endorsement Area and Demonstrate Competence 

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 Determine the content area you want to teach and if you are qualified.

4. Obtain Position and Agreement

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  • A classroom teaching position
  • An agreement with a state-approved designated agency that offers an approved alternative teacher preparation program
  • A statement of assurance (SOA) signed by employer, designated agency and you, the alternative teacher candidate

5. Apply

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Apply for an alternative teacher license using the eLicensing system

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