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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.

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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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Obtain:

  • 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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