How to Apply

Attention 24/25 school year applicants:

The ASPIRE program is now accepting application for the 2024-2025 Academic Year. Candidates enrolling for Fall 2024 will begin their ASPIRE program in August.

  • Beginning 03/04/2024: Teachers may enroll in ASPIRE as an alternative licensure candidate if they hold a teacher of record position and meet the CDE competency requirements for their endorsement area (via PRAXIS or CDE Transcript Review depending on the endorsement).
  • Beginning 7/01/2024: Teachers may enroll in ASPIRE as an interim authorization candidate if they hold a teacher of record position and have attempted (non-passing scores) the PRAXIS for their endorsement area, or are scheduled to take the PRAXIS within 21 days of applying to ASPIRE. 
    Please click on the eligible endorsement areas to review the CDE competency requirements for each.

How to Apply

All items listed below must be completed and submitted in order for your application to receive full consideration.
You must have or been offered a teaching position in order to apply to ASPIRE.


ASPIRE Application

All applicants must complete the ASPIRE Application form linked below. Please do not complete this form if you have not been offered or currently hold a teaching position. Otherwise, you will need to resubmit the information once you obtain a job.
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Upload Required Documents

You will receive a confirmation email with your uploads link in 1-2 business days after the completion of the ASPIRE application (Background Info Form). Applications missing required application documents will be inactivated after 14 business days. DO NOT submit a duplicate application (doing so will delay processing). Submit your missing documents to reactivate your application.


All applicants are required to submit a resume.

Please include:

  • Professional certificates
  • Educational degrees
  • Professional experiences
  • Relevant awards, publications, presentations, & achievements

Contract/Letter of Offer

All applicants must submit a 2024/2025 Contract or Letter of Offer. Your contract or letter of offer must be signed and dated by you and your current employer. It will also need to verify current employment of 51% or more in your endorsement area. 


All applicants are required to submit their official degree conferred transcript from your undergraduate program.

Praxis Exam Results/CDE Transcript Review Verification Results/Matching Degree

All applicants must submit evidence they meet the CDE competency requirements for their eligible endorsement area.
Please review the worksheet for your content area and submit:

  1. Official Praxis Score reports.
  2. CDE Transcript Review Verification Results – CDE confirmation email the candidate is approved to participate in an alternative program in their endorsement area
  3. BA or higher in the endorsement area – not available for all endorsements, must match CDE worksheet

Important Information: Sending us your PLACE/Praxis Exam Scores

  • When you sign up to take your PLACE/Praxis exam, please mark to send your scores to: UNIV OF CO.-DENVER-ASPIRE-ALT 4936
  • If you have already take the official PLACE/Praxis exam and have not sent them to the University, please send your official exam score reports to

For more information on the PLACE/Praxis exams visit the Colorado Department of Education Approved Content Tests Page or the CDE Praxis Information page.

For more information in regards to the Content/Endorsement Area Review Sheets go to the Colorado Department of Education Endorsement Requirements page.

Statement of Assurance

All applicants must submit the CDE’s Statement of Assurance (SOA).

Download and fill out the Statement of Assurance Form - Teacher
Be sure and select the correct content area from the 'Content Area' dropdown.

Please complete the Applicant/Candidate (green) section of the SOA form, then have your school’s HR office complete the School/District (dark gray) section, lastly email back to us so ASPIRE can complete the Designated Agency/Program (light gray) section.

The dates for the agreement period must be for the 2024-2025 school year and have a specific end date (mm/dd/yyyy).


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Complete the TEACH Colorado Fee Reimbursement Form

To be eligible for partial reimbursement of your ASPIRE enrollment deposit, complete the TEACH Colorado fee reimbursement form linked below.
TEACH Colorado Fee Reimbursement Form
ASPIRE continues to meet and exceed all of my expectations as a first-year teacher. I love the consistent support I receive from my Instructor. I can bring her any on-the-job question or concern and she will give me guidance and a fresh perspective. I could not be having a better experience and I recommend this program to anyone pursuing an Alternative Teaching License. - Anna , ASPIRE Candidate
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