Alternative Licensure Instructor (ALI) - Early Childhood Education

University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Education & Human Development

Alternative Licensure Instructor (ALI) - Early Childhood Education

Position #620821 - 09960

The School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) at the University of Colorado Denver announces a full time (12-month) Early Childhood education instructor position in our continuing and professional education (CPE) program, for the ASPIRE to Teach alternative teacher licensure program beginning July 2017. We seek an ECE Alternative Licensure Instructor (ALI) who is responsible for the successful execution of all ECE alternative licensing activities, including evaluating alternative licensed candidates (ALCs) for completion of work required to be eligible for initial teacher licensure in Colorado, and the continued development, implementation, and coordination of the ASPIRE to Teach curriculum. The ALI will work collaboratively as a member of the alternative licensure instructor team.

The ECE ALI needs to excel in use of instructional technology, online curriculum facilitation, and instructional leadership in professional learning communities. We are seeking individuals who have experience coaching practicing teachers, engaging in collaborative work, and working with non-dominant communities.

We are specifically looking for ECE educators with demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas: culturally responsive practices, English language acquisition, literacy, and mentoring/instructional coach. This position has a flexible work schedule; requires some local travel, evening and weekend work.

The ASPIRE to Teach philosophical approach to alternative teacher licensure features the interplay of the following theoretical frameworks:

  • How People Learn as a way to organize thinking about the design of effective learning environments through the overlapping principles: learner centered, knowledge centered, assessment centered, and community centered.
  • CREDE's (Center for Research on Education, Diversity, & Excellence) Five Standards of Effective Pedagogy establishing ideals for best teaching practices, especially for students whose potential is challenged by language or cultural barriers, race, geographic location, or poverty.
  • Culturally Responsive Instruction, Curriculum, and Classroom Management frameworks consciously and systematically woven throughout all learning experiences promoting knowledge, skills, and dispositions of socioculturally conscious teachers.
  • Universal Design for Learning instructional design principles that give all students equitable opportunities to learn.

Examples of Work Performed

Essential duties and responsibilities involved in executing a high quality ECE alternative licensure program include the following (other duties may be assigned):

Instructional Leadership

  • Development and refinement of online curriculum and program assessment tools necessary for completion of the ECE licensure strand.
  • Contribute expertise related to the ASPIRE program philosophical frameworks.
  • Design and facilitate ALCs in authentic Professional Learning Community (PLCs) experiences in person and on web-based platforms that supports their development as effective educators
  • Coach ALCs in classrooms through a web-based platform, as well as locally on site.
  • Foster relationships with ALC building administrators and mentors.
  • Communicate regularly with ALCs in regard to progress in the classroom and ASPIRE curriculum.

Instructional Technology and Online Curriculum Facilitation

  • Provide timely ongoing specific feedback and assess the performance on work submitted to online learning modules.
  • Track and report ALC program progress.
  • Use videoconferencing and video observation tools to coach and support teacher effectiveness.
  • Develop and foster relationships with ALCs through various online platforms.

ALI Team and Collective Program Work

  • Provide ongoing support to other ALIs by offering resources and tools and sharing "best practices"
  • Ability to work collaboratively in an interdependent team.
  • Continue to refine and develop program curriculum content in collaboration with colleagues.
  • Ability to seek out, give and receive collegial feedback.
  • Collaborate and communicate with external partners (Teach For America, BOCES, charter schools, school districts, etc.)
  • A disposition of curiosity, ability to hold multiple perspectives, and the skills to foster relationships with ALIs, ALCs, program staff, and administrators across multiple institutions.
  • Tolerance for ambiguity due to the dynamic nature of the program and work.
  • Meet weekly as an ALI team with Director to address program progress, concerns, future plans.

Program Assessment

  • Advise the Program Director of Alternative Licensure about program needs (i.e. technology, curriculum materials, meeting space and coordination, etc.)
  • Assist an annual program evaluation analyzing ALC level assessment data in order to understand program effectiveness and use ALC outcomes to make licensure decisions.
  • Collaborate with ECE faculty in the SEHD, to ensure alignment between main campus programs and alternative programs.


ASPIRE to Teach is an alternative licensure program for general and special educators. We partner with Teach for America Colorado, several BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services) throughout the state, school districts, and charter schools providing initial teacher licensure and professional learning opportunities through our fully online learning content modules, candidate (teacher) coaching, facilitation of professional learning communities (PLC), and portfolio assessment process.

The University of Colorado Denver provides a quality academic experience through engagement with gifted faculty members, original research and real-world learning. Located in the heart of downtown, CU Denver offers nearly 15,000 students unparalleled internship, career and networking opportunities. Part of the fabric of the city, CU Denver has evolved into the leading urban public university in Colorado boasting eight schools and colleges, and offering bachelor through doctoral degrees. CU Denver's student body is the most diverse among research universities in the state.

The School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) is one of eight schools and colleges at CU Denver. The school attracts students who are passionate about careers in teaching and mental health. We match their passion with an education rooted in diversity, technology, proven approaches and real-world practice. SEHD enrolls 242 undergraduate students and more than 1340 graduate students, including 208 doctoral students (main campus and extended studies students, Fall, 2016 data). We are the largest graduate school of education in Colorado. Our graduates are recognized to be among the most prepared in the nation to support diverse languages, cultures and abilities in the classroom. We engage in partnerships with school districts, state agencies, national agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations, community agencies and more.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this full time position has been established at $65,000 (1.0 FTE) and is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.


The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in ECE or related field, with emphasis on culturally and linguistically diverse learners, equity and social justice, or an equivalent.
  • Minimum of five years of Pre-K teaching experience, preferably working with culturally and/or linguistically diverse students in urban or rural settings.
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating teacher development and learning.
  • Experience coaching or supervising teachers in the field.
  • Online course development and online teaching experience.

Required Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Participating in, and therefore knowledgeable about, the systems building and workforce development work happening in Colorado.
  • Familiarity with the state's EC Framework, ECE competencies and ECE licensure.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in ECE Special Education.
  • Fluent in English and Spanish.
  • Extensive experience in developing and delivering professional development and in supporting and facilitating the growth and development of ECE educators and providers.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal ECE policy, including alternative license policy.
  • Familiarity with ECE standards, Colorado curriculum standards and Teacher Quality Standards.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in online course development and instruction, developing and delivering professional development, and supporting and facilitating professional learning communities.
  • Knowledge and expertise in highly effective research-based instructional practices.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Please prepare the following materials for submission. All applications must be submitted through the University's online job application site: Refer to job posting 09960. 1. A letter of application including the candidate's interests, experiences, and qualifications specifically related to the position responsibilities. 2. A current curriculum vita/resume. 3. Transcripts of graduate work. Unofficial transcripts may be sent for application. Official transcripts will be requested at point of hire. 4. Upon request at a later stage in the search process: Two current letters of reference that address your qualifications regarding the position requirements. 5. Three references.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Unofficial transcript(s)

Application Materials Instructions:Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Denver

Department: D0001 -- Denver Campus - 30070 - EDUC-Extended Studies

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jun 20, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Jessica Coon

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00620821