Office of Catholic Schools

Alternative Licensure Information

The Office of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Denver is a designed agency by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) eligible to provide an Alternative Teacher Licensing Program.

To participate in this program:

1) A candidate must complete and submit a teacher application packet to the Office of Catholic Schools.

2) The candidate must be hired as a full-time teacher in the Archdiocese of Denver, Catholic Schools system.

3) The candidate must apply to the CDE for a Statement of Eligibility (SOE). More information about the program and SOE application may be found at www.cde.state.co.us.

  • Click on “Educator Licensing”
  • Click on the link “Educator Licensing FAQ and Application Wizard”
  • Follow the prompts and select the situation(s) that apply to you

4) The candidate will be assigned a trained mentor and will participate in the Alternative Teacher Licensing Program through the Office of Catholic Schools in partnership with Regis University. Candidates will attend a series of half-day classes, usually one per month, offered by staff from Regis University. Candidates will also have a series of visits and observations by a Regis University Education Department staff member.

5) The cost of the Alternative Teacher Licensing Program for approved candidates is a minimum of $1,800 and my be paid in installments to Regis University through the Office of Catholic Schools.

6) Approved, newly hired alternative licensure teachers must attend the Archdiocese of Denver Catholic Schools New Teacher In-Service held in August for the upcoming school year.

Alternative Licensure Program:
Wednesday – Thursday, August 13-14, 2014
Regis University (DTC Campus)
6380 South Fiddlers Green Circle, Ste. 200, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
This session will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and should wrap up by 4:00 p.m.

New Teacher Induction / Orientation:
Friday, August 15, 2014
St. Thomas More Catholic Church
8035 South Quebec, Centennial, CO 80112
This session will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and should wrap up by 12:30 p.m.
Coffee and donuts will be provided for the AM session.

Safe Environment Training:
Friday, August 15, 2014
St. Thomas More Catholic Church
This session will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. and should wrap up by 4:00 p.m.
Soda and water will be provided for the PM session.

Candidates may be hired by a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Denver prior to taking the PLACE or PRAXIS test, and/or prior to receiving the Statement of Eligibility. Candidates must apply to the Colorado Department of Education to participate in the Alternative Teacher Licensing Program.