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Troops to Teachers Colorado
About Troops to Teachers Colorado
The state of Colorado has approximately 409,000 veterans and serves over 900,000 students across urban and rural contexts. The state, like all others in the country, is experiencing an increasing teacher shortage in critical content areas. While there may be a teacher shortage, there is also a population of over 400,000 highly-talented, skilled and socially-conscious military veterans ready to support students.
The Troops to Teachers Colorado program matches veterans with high-needs education areas, including geographically isolated rural school areas and developing socioeconomic areas. The program also aims to fill subject areas affected by the teacher shortage, such as math, science, special education, foreign language and STEM subjects.
The program focuses on the face-to-face relationship building at six military bases as well as with local schools and districts, higher education and communities. There is also strong relationship development between CDE and veterans through targeted recruitment, career guidance and support into the classroom.
Troops to Teachers Update: Fiscal Year 2021
Due to the uncertain Fiscal Year 2021 budget, Troops to Teachers Program registrations or bonus applications are not being accepted at this time. The Troops to Teachers Program and State offices will continue to assist current participants with teacher licensing and hiring assistance. Current program participants can continue to access and update their records via the Jobs2Teach link on www.proudtoserveagain.com.
Service members and veterans interested in becoming a program participant should complete the “Program Interest” form located on www.proudtoserveagain.com. This form provides basic contact information so you can be notified directly if program funding becomes available.
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Troops to Teachers Colorado provides counseling, advising and employment referral services.
Does Troops to Teachers provide classes and programs that lead to teacher licensing?
Troops to Teachers does NOT teach classes. Troops to Teachers provides assistance to veterans to find state-approved licensure programs and pathways.
Does Troops to Teachers award teaching licenses?
Troops to Teachers does NOT issue teaching licenses. Each state has specific licensure requirements. Troops to Teacher advisors are familiar with state licensing requirements and will assist applicants in meeting those standards.
Does Troops to Teachers determine where you teach?
No. The Troops to Teachers participant decides what and where they want to teach. There may be financial assistance/incentives (up to $10,000) if the Troops to Teachers participant is eligible for incentives and secures employment in a high need school.
Once troops registers, are they obligated to teach?
No. Registering with Troops to Teachers does not incur any obligation. There is a three-year obligation to teach in a high needs school only if the Troops to Teachers participant is eligible for and accepts Troops to Teachers financial incentives (stipend/bonus).To learn more about financial assistance, please visit the Troops to Teachers financial assistance webpage.
Do you need a degree in education to be eligible for Troops to Teachers?
A degree in education is NOT required to become a teacher; however, most teaching positions require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
Will Troops to Teachers help you bypass state requirements to help you get into the classroom more quickly?
Being a member of the Troops to Teacher program does not allow you to bypass any of the state standards. All teachers must meet state certification requirements.
Please note that Troops to Teachers Colorado is operating remotely in accordance with the Statewide Stay-At-Home Order.
Most job fairs are anticipated to be canceled or moved to virtual platforms due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest news and updates will be posted on the Troops to Teachers Colorado LinkedIn group webpage.
For additional school and district support, visit the CDE COVID-19 Resources webpage.
Office Hours are conducted Virtually each Thursday and Friday for the Month of May. Contact CDE Troops to Teachers staff to schedule a virtual meeting.
- 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12
- No in-person office hours scheduled in December
Office hours will be held at the Colorado Department of Education's Educator Talent Division building, located at 6000 East Evans Ave., Building 2, Suite 100, Denver, CO 80222. Contact Korey Brown at 303-945-5537 or John Scheuer at 720-670-0882 to schedule an appointment.
Troops to Teachers is proud to announce new professional development opportunities. Each month Troops to Teachers will conduct “Licensing 101” virtual briefings via Zoom. These seminars are designed to discuss the benefits of the Troops to Teachers program, introduce TEACH Colorado and to review requirements to become and educator or perform duties in educational support across Colorado. These professional development opportunities will be conducted virtually to reach our rural partners.
- Virtual Licensing 101. Visit LinkedIn for registration.
- 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19
Networking events, also known as social mixers, will be held each month to provide an opportunity for current and future Troops to Teachers educators to come together. Registration is not required. Due to COVID, no upcoming Networking Events are scheduled.
Work Force, Employment and Recruitment Events
The Troops to Teachers program participates in employment and recruitment events throughout the state. Upcoming event dates and locations will be listed below. Additionally, Transition Program Career/Resourcing events are held at military bases every month.
Korey Brown, 303-945-5537
John Scheuer, 720-670-0882