Alternative Principal Licensure Program

We will be accepting registrations for the Alternative Principal Licensure Plan (APLP) beginning June 1, 2022.

The Centennial BOCES Alternative Principal Licensure Program (APLP) is a Colorado Department of Education approved non-traditional licensure program. 
The APLP is designed for the educational leader who would like to become a licensed principal in Colorado but has not completed a traditional principal licensure program through a university.  The program is an intensive one year “on-the-job” training that includes self-assessment activities, research-based applications, best-practice integration, and field studies analysis. Each of these areas directly aligns with the Colorado Principal Quality Standards and Elements.  

Applicants must fill out an online APLP Application and submit to CDE for approval.

A candidate must meet the following requirements in order to enroll in the IAPLP

  • Hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
  • Hold a Statement of Eligibility (SOE) from the Colorado Department of Education via the process described below:
  • Completion of an online application for an alternative principal license at (select apply for or renew a license link, then select alternative license principal link). The SOE is a step within the application process.
  • Complete the Alternative Principal Licensure Program application required by CDE
  • Have 3 consecutive years of licensed experience, i.e., teacher, special service provider, Principal/AP
  • Submittal of a fingerprint card and processing fee to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation
  • Secure a 1 year employment contract with a school/school district (public, private or charter)

Program Completion Requirements

During the one-year program, the APLP candidate is required to do the following:

  • Participate, complete, and show proficiency in the requirements for each of the monthly on-line modules presented throughout the school year (September through June)
  • Attend three area training meetings, occurring at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year (September, January, June), as designated on the course syllabus
  • Develop job targets that align with current leadership responsibilities
  • Engage in critical conversations and activities surrounding the responsibilities and characteristics of effective leaders
  • Receive coaching, mentoring, and site visits from the Centennial BOCES APLP facilitator
  • Successfully demonstrate competency on all aspects of the program

2022-23 APLP Fees

(Member Districts)                $5,250
(Non-Member Districts)         $6,300   

Please contact : Patti Greenlee, Program Manager;  970-352-7404 x2509 or