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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 such as math, science, and special education, as well as in our rural and ever-growing suburban areas. While we have a teacher shortage, we have a population of over 400,000 highly talented, skilled, socially conscious military veteran members ready to fill the void and support our children.
The Troops to Teachers Colorado program supports matching veterans with high needs education areas including our geographically isolated rural school areas, our high needs socioeconomic areas, and hard to fill subject areas 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 the Colorado Department of Education and veterans through targeted recruitment, career guidance, and support into the classroom.
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.
Upcoming In-Person Events
Please note that Troops to Teachers Colorado is operating remotely in accordance with the Statewide Stay-At-Home Order. We're still available to answer questions and provide support! Contact Korey Brown at (303) 945-5537 or John Scheuer at (720) 670-0882.
It's anticipated that most job fairs will be canceled or moved to virtual events but you can obtain up-to-date information on the Troops to Teachers Colorado LinkedIn group page. We'll update this webpage regularly, but ask that you contact Korey and John for the most updated information.
For additional school and district support, visit the CDE COVID-19 Resources webpage.
Follow us on our new LinkedIn page for job postings and upcoming events!
Office Hours are conducted Virtually each Thursday and Friday for the Month of May. Please contact either John Scheuer or Korey Brown to establish a virtual meeting. In-person counseling and advisement will resume in June as scheduled below:
- September 17th – 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- October 7th 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- October 23rd 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- November 19th 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Office hours will be held at the Colorado Department of Education, Educator Talent Division located at 6000 East Evans Avenue, Building 2, Suite 100, Denver, CO 80222. Walk-ins are welcome! You may also contact Korey Brown at 303-945-5537 or John Scheuer at 720-670-0882 to schedule an appointment.
Teach as a Second Career Seminars and Information Sessions provide opportunities to learn about: various licensure pathways and options to becoming a teacher, licensing requirements for Colorado, services available through Troops to Teachers, and recent updates and/or changes to the Troops to Teachers program. Attendees can also learn more about career opportunities with representatives from Colorado school districts.
TASC Seminars and Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program (SFL/TAP) Information Sessions are available at military bases (to be scheduled). Contact Korey Brown or John Scheuer for details.
School districts may request professional development events. However, there are no more professional development events scheduled until June 25, 2020.
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.
- September 24th – 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Virtual Licensing 101 (LinkedIn for registration)
- October 29th – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Virtual Licensing 101 (LinkedIn for registration)
- November 26th - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Virtual Licensing 101 (LinkedIn for registration)
School districts are invited to contact Korey Brown or John Scheuer to request professional development events in the interim.
Networking events (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, Networking Events have not been scheduled.
Troops to Teachers participate in employment and recruitment events throughout the state. Event dates and locations are listed below. Additionally, Transition Program Career/Resourcing events are held at military bases every month. For details, including registration details for any of these events, please contact Korey Brown at 303-945-5537 or John Scheuer at 720-670-0882.
- August 13th – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Recruit Military – Denver
Korey Brown, 303-945-5537
John Scheuer, 720-670-0882