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ASPIRE to Teach is a teacher preparation pathway provided by the University of Colorado Denver, a top education school in the country.

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  • Denver, CO
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ASPIRE challenged me to think critically each week and reflect on my own approaches and how I could adapt them to better reach students. I loved how the program really focused on feedback and reflection so we could take what we learned and actually assess how are these changes were impacting our students.

Kelly Spear

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Licensure/Alternative Licensure only
ASPIRE to Teach
  • 12 months
    Program Duration
  • In-person, Hybrid
    Program Format
  • Rolling Deadline
    Application Deadline
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Program Info

Our alternative licensure program hires real teachers with real experience to guide and train our candidates to success every step of the way. Our high-tech, personalized, online program guides you to success by building on your strengths. We give our students a high-quality path to the teaching profession, something we believe every child deserves.

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  • 12 months
    Program Duration
  • In-person, Hybrid
    Program Format
  • Rolling Deadline
    Application Deadline
Tuition & Fees
In State Tuition
Out of State Tuition
Application Fee
Cost Offsets
Students at CU Denver ASPIRE have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with CU Denver ASPIRE to see if you can, too!
Grants, Stipends, Scholarships

Encourage applicants to apply for WIOA grant and other available grants

Student Loans, Payroll Deduction

No student loans, as we are a fee-based program. You can apply for a low-interest rate loan through an agreement ASPIRE has with Canvas Credit Union. 

Rural School District Scholarship

For candidates teaching in a rural district, we automatically provide a $1,000 scholarship to help with program costs

Licensure Area
Agriculture & Renewable Natural Resources (7-12)
Business Education (7-12)
Business/Marketing (7-12)
Dance (K-12)
Early Childhood Education Early Childhood Education (Birth-8)
Elementary Education Elementary Education (K-6)
English Language Arts (7-12)
Family & Consumer Sciences (7-12)
Health (K-12)
Instructional Technology (K-12)
Italian (K-12)
Latin (K-12)
Mathematics Middle School (6-8)
Mathematics Secondary Education (7-12)
Music (K-12)
Physical Education (K-12)
Science (7-12)
Social Studies (7-12)
Special Education Generalist (K-12)
Speech (7-12)
Technology Education (Industrial Arts) (7-12)
Visual Arts (K-12)
World Languages—Chinese (K-12)
World Languages—French (K-12)
World Languages—German (K-12)
World Languages—Japanese (K-12)
World Languages—Spanish (K-12)

Program Semesters/Steps Overview

  • One-on-One Support

  • Video Coaching

  • Online Curriculum

  • Professional Learning Community

Total Enrollment
Program Completers
Acceptance Rate
  • Male
  • Female
  • 32%
  • 68%
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Asian
  • Black
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Two or more races
  • 0%
  • 4%
  • 6%
  • 0%
  • 0%
  • 78%
  • 13%
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