Grow Your Own Alternative Licensure Program 2024-25 CURRENT D51 STAFF ONLY

Mesa County Valley School District 51

Education
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Position Type:

Support Staff - Other/Grow your Own

Date Posted:

3/8/2025

Location:

TBD

Date Available:

2024-25 School Year

Closing Date:

open until filled

Description:

Grow Your Own Teacher candidates for eligible support staff employees

Job Summary:

D51’s Grow Your Own program is designed to cultivate the talents of eligible Support Staff who are vested in our community and interested in becoming teachers. D51 will be providing $5,000 financial assistance for up to 10 Support Staff to take part in an Alternative Licensure / TEE program. 

Goal:

This program is aimed to help address teacher shortages and promote a culture in D51 that is inclusive and supportive of the District’s diverse population. 

Selection:

All eligible Support Staff that meet the criteria are encouraged to apply for assistance. 

There will be priority given for applicants who submit an application prior to 08/01/2024 who meet the below criteria:

(This list is in no specific order)

  • Minority candidates
  • Males pursuing becoming elementary teachers (does not include specials), 
  • Those obtaining licensure for hard to fill positions 
  • Special Education
  • Mathematics/Science
  • Career/Technical
  • World Languages/CLD

For Support Staff to be considered for the program you must:

  • Have been employed with the district for a minimum of 90 contact days; 
  • Hold a Bachelor's Degree
  • Not be on an improvement plan
  • Be offered a certified teaching position in D51
  • For Substitutes to be considered for the program you must:Hold a Bachelor's Degree, and 3 or 5 year sub license
  • Substitute 120 sub assignments during the 2021-22 school year
  • Have been an active substitute for at least one school year 
  • To be eligible as a Support Staff member or Substitute you must meet the following requirements:Meet the minimum requirements of the alternative licensure program(http://cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/resources)
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree 
  • Choose an endorsement area (ie. Elementary education, Mathematics) and demonstrate competence
  • For Elementary or Sped, you must pass 
  • For Secondary, your degree must be in the content area OR you must hold 24 semester hours (approved by CDE) or pass an appropriate content test
  • Submit an application for alternative license prior to employment to be vetted by CDE for content requirements and be approved showing an “alternative license pending employment/program” status. This is active for one year. 
  • Cost is $90 application fee to CDE for the Alternative License and $39.50 fingerprint background fee to CBI (this is required for all teachers even if they have been fingerprinted for D51)
  • Apply for and be offered a position and agreement
  • Teaching position must match the endorsement area that the person has been approved for by CDE
  • An Agreement with a state-approved designated agency that offers an approved alternative teacher prep program
  • Notify CDE of position by submitting the requisite documentation through their eLicensing account to include:
  • Completed Statement of Assurance (signed by District) 
  • Copy of contract to obtain Alt License
  • Being approved for an Alternative Teaching License is not a guarantee of being selected to receive the $5000 assistance

Application Procedure:

Apply Online

If you have any questions or would like additional information please contact

  • Carter Ness @ 970-254-5136 or extension 11131

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