Loves Kids

  • Supports the whole child
  • Builds relationships
  • Engaging
  • Believes in kids
  • Empathetic
  • Challenges ALL students
  • Empowers students

Problem Solver

  • Takes initiative
  • Risk taker
  • Flexible


  • Team-based approach

Core Values

  • Passion for teaching
  • Moral imperative
  • Work ethic
  • Loyalty
  • Focused on meeting student's needs
  • Believes in equity
  • Culturally responsive


  • Reflective
  • Desire for feedback
  • Shows vulnerability

Experience or desire to teach in an urban education setting

  • Values Diversity
  • Understands APS' demographics
  • Commitment to community

Instructional Knowledge

  • Understands data
  • Makes adjustments based on data

Welcome and thank you for considering the Aurora Public Schools for your student teaching/practicum experience.  The Aurora Public Schools is committed to developing professional educators through our district's extensive professional learning opportunities and by hosting student teachers/practicum students from across Colorado and the nation.chsablekidsinclass37

The process for students interested in serving as a student teacher/intern in the Aurora Public Schools is as follows:

  1. The student must complete and submit the appropriate college/university paperwork for student teacher/practicum placements to the appropriate college/university official.
  2. The college/university will send the complete application for student teaching/practicum placement, including verification of complete or "in progress" Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) background check to the identified school contact for student teaching/practicum placement.
  3. The school contact will arrange an interview with the student, principal and potential cooperating teacher.Prior to the scheduled interview, the student teacher candidate is expected to complete a brief online APS application for student teaching.
    Click here for the Student Teacher application 
  4. After the interview the school contact will notify the college/university official and APS' Human Resources of the decision to accept or decline the student teacher/practicum student.
  5. Prior to the start of each semester, Human Resources will verify the completion of the CBI background check process through the Colorado Department of Education's (CDE) website.
  6. Prior to he student teacher reporting to the school for their assignment, Human Resources will perform the appropriate onboarding processes, including District background check and issue a District ID for the student teacher.


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

An overview of the alternative licensure requirements can be found at:

***Notice regarding Statement of Eligibility**  

Effective Dec. 1, 2017, CDE will cease providing a SOE letter to applicants. Instead, once an applicant’s qualifications are verified, a new status of “alternative license pending employment/program” and the corresponding endorsement area will be reflected online in three places:  the applicant’s personal eLicensing account, the district eLicensing Verification Access account, and the public educator credential search. For more information on these options, please visit

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.

Application Procedure

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 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.













Current Licensed Salary Schedule

Past Licensed Salary Schedules

Salary Portability

New licensed employees will be given up to ten years salary credit for previous work experience.

The Aurora Public Schools' Division of Human Resources determines an individual's salary schedule placement. Teachers and licensed employees will be given salary credit for up to ten (10) years of qualified outside experience within the preceding fifteen (15) years on a one-year-for-one-year basis. The school district only recognizes previous experience when all of the following apply for a particular year's assignment.

The licensed employee:

  1. Was contracted and paid on a salary basis
  2. Worked as a teacher for an accredited K-12 educational institution
  3. Worked 90 or more consecutive workdays
  4. Worked half-time or more of full teacher's schedule
  5. Had or was eligible for a state department teaching license or authorization

Internships, student teaching, substituting, on-call, or contracts with salaries and benefits less than what a regularly contracted teacher would receive do not qualify.

Student services specialists, i.e. audiologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language specialists, nurses, social workers and psychologists will be granted outside experience for state, agency or private clinical or hospital employment only if they were appropriately licensed and half or more of their primary responsibilities involved K-12 age students. Additionally criteria 1, 3 and 4 above must also apply.