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) values and considers applicants who desire to teach and are eligible for an Alternative Licensure Program. 


Eligibility and Requirements

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 the subject area that you wish to teach. (You do not need to hold a degree in the content area.)

NOTE: Candidates interested in Special Education must pass the Elementary Education Praxis II (#5001) prior to being hired.  

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


Applying for a Teaching Position in APS as an Alternative Licensure Candidate

To apply for a teaching position once you are eligible as described above, please complete an Application for Licensed Employment for positions (content areas) for which you are qualified.  Sites will review the applications for their vacancy and determine who they wish to consider and interview.  If you are selected and recommended for a position, you will be required to enroll in an APS partner Alternative Licensure Program upon hire.  


APS Alternative Licensure University Partners

We currently partner with Metropolitan State University of Denver and the ASPIRE to Teach Program through the University of Colorado.  













Current Licensed Salary Schedule

New for the 2020-21 School Year
Beginning the 2020-21 school year, a new salary schedule shall be implemented for all licensed staff. Returning teachers with lower ten-year cumulative earnings from SY 2020-21 to SY 2029-30 under the new salary schedule relative to what they would be projected to earn on the current schedule (based on the 2019-20 placement) are able to elect to remain on the current (Appendix A1) or move to the new salary schedule (Appendix A). The decision to transition to the new or remain on the old salary schedule is a one-time, non-revocable election.

The following calculator can be used to view compensation under the current salary schedule and the new schedule to help those who are eligible to decide between the two.

Hard to fill stipend

Effective the 2020-21 school year, licensed staff serving in a position identified as “Hard
to Fill” shall receive an annual stipend of $5,000, paid in two (2) equal installments of
$2,500 in January and June of the school year, contingent upon working the entirety of
each semester.

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.

Below we have broken down the full hiring process for licensed employees.  You can also view our FAQ to help support issues and questions you may have regarding our application process.