2020-2021 Catalog 
    Feb 26, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Alternative Licensure Program (ALP)

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The ALP at UCCS is a designated agency approved by the Colorado State Board of Education to provide a one-year program for candidates seeking licensure in one of these areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies or World Languages.

We work with self-motivated, committed, resourceful candidates who can readily assume teaching roles in public school classrooms. Ideal ALP applicants are paraprofessionals, substitute teachers, career changers, retired military, OR others who have the background and potential for successfully completing this rigorous, fast-paced program. Those seeking only licensure can complete the program with ten courses. Those seeking an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction need to complete only two additional courses within three semesters of completing the ALP.


  • Katie Anderson-Pence, Ph.D., IEE Coordinator, Assistant Professor
  • Linda Button, Ed. D., Instructor, Assistant Chair
  • Tim Callahan, M.A., Senior Instructor
  • Grant Clayton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • Beth Cutter, M.A., Senior Instructor
  • Barbara Frye, Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • Leslie Grant, Ph.D., Associate Professor 
  • Mary Hanson, M.A., Instructor
  • Kylie Swanson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • Mark Malone, Ph.D., Department Chair, Professor
  • Pat McGuire, Ph.D., Associate Professor / Co-Director UCCSTeach Program
  • Monica Yoo, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Applications and Admissions Requirements

Please visit the College of Education website for admissions information.

Course Requirements (33 Credit Hours)

Core Courses

May be taken during any semester; students must complete them by the end of their “Alternative License” year.

Alternative License Year: Spring Courses

Students must take these courses during the second semester of their “Alternative License” year.

Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that all program requirements and licensure procedures are completed appropriately. All participants in the ALP must maintain a 3.0 GPA and receive no grade lower than a B- in any class. Because the program entails working as the teacher of record in a school, there are no opportunities for Incompletes in Alternative License year courses.

Licensure Plus MA in Curriculum and Instruction

Licensure plus MA in Curriculum and Instruction requires an additional 6 credits for a total of 39 credit hours. The MA in Curriculum and Instruction includes the coursework for ALP (listed above) and the following additional courses, taken within three semesters of completing ALP. 

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