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Educator Preparation Program

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Alternative Licensure Program at UCCS

The Alternative Licensure Program consists of ten courses (33 credits) altogether. 

Foundations of Licensure
To successfully complete the ALP, you must pass all six Foundations of Licensure courses before your Alternative License expires. These courses provide a background in state and federal regulations, diverse student populations, classroom management, learning theory, and instructional planning. We strongly recommend that you take them before starting to teach.
-School, Society and Diversity
-Educational Psychology
-Intro to Special Education
-ESL for Educators
-Instructional and Classroom Management Strategies I
-Instructional and Classroom Management Strategies II

Alternative License Year
During your first year (August-May) as the teacher of record in a Colorado classroom, you must successfully complete all four Alternative License Year courses. These courses include content-specific methods as well as clinical supervision. In your ALP year you will be supported by a team including your university supervisor, your school principal/assistant principal, and school colleague who will serve as a mentor.
-Secondary [Content] Methods
-Alternative Teacher Seminar in Secondary Education I
-Teaching Content and Disciplinary Literacy to Adolescents
-Alternative Teacher Seminar in Secondary Education II

Pathway Type:

Alternative Teacher Licensure

Course Format:

In Person, Online


13-24 months

Region(s) Served:

Pikes Peak

Contact Information:

1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, PO Box 7150, CO Springs, CO 80918

Beth Cutter, Program Coordinator, College of Education

Voice: 719-255-4996, Fax: 719-255-4110,


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: University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Endorsement Area(s):

  • Computer Science (K-12)
  • English Language Arts (7-12)
  • Mathematics (7-12)
  • Middle School Mathematics (6-8)
  • Science (7-12)
  • Social Studies (7-12)
  • World Languages (K-12)

To request a change to this program pathway, copy the following pathway reference id and submit a change request form.

Pathway Reference ID: 65214