Yes, a candidate may enroll in ASPIRE as an interim authorization candidate if they hold a teacher of record position and have attempted the PRAXIS for their endorsement area. All interim authorization candidates must have attempted/not-passed the associated PRAXIS for your endorsement.
The Interim Authorization is not a license, but it is a CDE credential (an authorization) that allows teachers to teach in their endorsement area while they work on demonstrating CDE competency. Interim Authorization candidates must pass their endorsement PRAXIS exam(s) during their alternative license program in order to advance to an initial license.
Interim authorizations are issued for one year only (and may be renewed if needed to complete a two-year program).
The cost of the ASPIRE to Teach® program is $6250 plus a $250 non-refundable deposit due during enrollment. This includes access to all online modules with feedback from instructors, Professional Learning Community meetings, mentoring and coaching. The fee charged to the alternative candidate will vary depending on the designated agency. The Colorado Department of Education does not set or keep program fee information. Information about program costs may be obtained from the designated agency. Please note that the MA option for ASPIRE graduates is a separate program cost and is not included in the above pricing.
Please review the CDE criteria for Alternative Licensure Eligibility:
Bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited college/university
Demonstration of content-area knowledge for an approved endorsement area (either by degree, 24 semester hours of specific coursework or Colorado State Board of Education-approved content exam(s))
Enrollment in a Colorado State Board of Education-approved alternative teacher preparation program
This will depend on the school district. Many districts require applicants to hold an 'Alternative License Pending' status with CDE.
Yes. You do not need to have full-time employment by a district to qualify for the ASPIRE program.
No. Alternative license pending indicates that CDE has determined you are highly qualified to teach a specific endorsement area in Colorado. You have passed through the highly qualified and fingerprint stages of the CDE alternative licensure process. Many districts require this step before you become eligible to apply for a teaching position. This status is good for one calendar year.
Yes. You may submit a copy of course descriptions, or provide information that directly pertains to your content area. These materials will not be returned. Please do not include the entire course catalog to document your course descriptions, or resumes, letters of recommendation or teacher evaluations with your packet.
No. Alternative candidates are required to seek their own employment, similar to those who have completed regular preparation for licensure. CDE has a job website at www.teachincolorado.org. You may also want to check with individual districts for their job openings.
No. You will be endorsed in one content area only. An additional endorsement may be added to your license at a later date, after you have completed your initial program.
Designated agencies sign your Statement of Assurrance of Employment (SAE) for your alternative licensure application. The agency also signs off on the initial licensure upon completion of the program. Designated agencies include school districts, charter or private schools, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations or a combination of these groups. CU Denver is the designated agency for ASPIRE.
To qualify for any type of teacher license in Colorado, the CDE requires each applicant to submit to the CO Bureau of Investigation (CBI) a complete set of fingerprints for the purpose of obtaining a fingerprint based criminal history check (state and FBI records). While your school or district may require a fingerprint background check as well, this is different from the CDE requirement. Therefore, unless your school accepts the CDE fingerprint clearance report, you will need to submit TWO fingerprint cards to CBI: one for school/district and another for CDE licensure purposes.
If you are employed as an alternative teacher, you will be paid by the employing district. Some of the programs allow the expenses of being trained and mentored to be deducted monthly from your salary. Salaries vary among school districts. Contact the schools or districts that you are interested in for this information.
Yes. Transfer credits are often listed in bulk, without details for the courses included. The evaluators match your educational background to state requirements for the endorsement area. If you do not include all transcripts, your evaluation could be delayed.
I appreciate the one-on-one support that ASPIRE provides. I recommend ASPIRE because it provides a deep-dive into so many essential skills that I need as a new teacher.-Kalyn ,