Our team of Alternative Licensure Instructors (ALIs) and education professionals are ready to share their real experience and guide you towards your goal every step of the way.

Together we offer over 60 years of experience as professional learning leaders and educators and have built a learning community that mentors and empowers new teachers towards a successful teaching career built upon culturally responsive and inclusive teaching practices.

Arnold, Suzanne

Suzanne Arnold PhD

Executive Director of ASPIRE to Teach Alternative Teacher Licensure and Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Affiliate Faculty, Teaching
  • Extended Studies
  • School of Education & Human Development

Email Address:suzanne.arnold@ucdenver.edu

Primary Phone:303-315-5003

Suzanne Arnold joined the School of Education and Human Development in 2006 and has since played an integral role in teacher education at the university, where she helped launch and currently serves as Director of ASPIRE to Teach, the alternative teacher licensure program.

Dr. Arnold has more than 30 years experience in education working as a science teacher, professional development designer and facilitator, and teacher educator. Her expertise is in curriculum and instruction in content areas and culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogies.

Arnold's hobbies include playing piano, golf, and kayaking. She enjoys exploring and traveling with her wife.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • BS West Chester University
  • MS Pennsylvania State University
  • PhD University of Colorado Boulder


ASPIRE has been so supportive through my whole first year of teaching. I have had so many questions and issues come up and I know I can count on my ASPIRE Instructors to be there. They are supportive and always make sure that they are there to answer all of my questions. - Kiwi , ASPIRE Candidate