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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Pass CBI and FBI background checks
- As part of the background check, you must submit your fingerprints to CBI
- View the fingerprint submission requirements
Determine the content area you want to teach and if you are qualified.
- Choose an allowable endorsement area.
- 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
- Learn more about teaching positions in Colorado
- View the list of designated agencies for alternative teacher preparation (Be sure to change the dropdown under "type" to "alternative" to see the full list of Designated Agencies.)
- Download the Statement of Assurance (SOA) form (PDF)
- View the top questions a candidate should ask a designated agency
Apply for an alternative teacher license using the eLicensing system