The Aurora Public Schools (APS) participates in the Two Year Alternative Licensure Program through Metropolitan State University of Denver. Additionally, the ASPIRE To Teach Program through the University of Colorado, provides a one year non-degree certificate program.
Aurora Public Schools only considers Alternative Teacher candidates in the following areas: Special Education, Math, Foreign Language and Science.
To be eligible to become an Alternative Teacher, candidates must possess a Bachelor's Degree and one of the following:
a. Documented evidence of 24 semester hours of college level coursework from a regionally accredited college or university. The 24 semester hours must be in the content area the candidate desires to teach.
b. A passing score on the approved Colorado content area assessment. For consideration by APS, that content must match high needs subject areas such as Math, Foreign Language and Science.
Candidates interested in Special Education must pass the Elementary Education Praxis II (#5001) AND Special Education Praxis II (#5354) exams.
***Notice regarding Statement of Eligibility**
Once the status of alternative license pending employment/program has been assigned, the candidate will have one calendar year to secure employment and enroll in a program. Upon hire and enrollment the candidate must log in to their eLicensing account to submit the requisite documentation and CDE will issue an alternative teacher license upon review.
To apply for a teaching position via the Two Year Alternative Licensure Program or ASPIRE To Teach, please complete an Application for Licensed Employment. Once the application has been authorized, the applicant may apply for open positions. If hired to fill a position, Aurora Public Schools will at that time enroll you in the Two Year Alternative Licensure Program at Metropolitan State University of Denver or the ASPIRE To Teach Program at the University of Colorado .
Please Note: The Aurora Public Schools is required to hire licensed candidates. The district will review applications only after the licensed candidate pool has been exhausted.
Please see the Colorado Department of Education Web site for more information on the Two Year Alternative Program.