2022-2023 Catalog 
    May 26, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Alternative Licensure Program (ALP)

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

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., Department Chair, Associate Professor
  • Tim Callahan, M.A., Senior Instructor
  • Grant Clayton, Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • Leslie Grant, Ph.D., Associate Professor 
  • Mary Hanson, M.A., Instructor
  • Christi Kasa, Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • Kylie Swanson, Ph.D., Program Coordinator for Elementary Education, Assistant Professor
  • Monica Yoo, Ph.D., Program Coordinator for Secondary Education, Associate Professor

Applications and Admissions Requirements

Please visit the College of Education website for admissions information.

Course Requirements (33 Credit Hours)

Foundations of Licensure

May be taken during fall or spring semesters; students must complete them before their Alternative Teacher license expires.

Foundations of Licensure Summer Only

Students should take these courses prior to securing a teaching position.

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.