Teaching Degrees in Colorado

With significant cultural and economic diversity, Colorado is always in need of qualified teachers. Those seeking to obtain a teaching degree in Colorado should be informed about several factors, including:

  • Why consider a master’s degree
  • Available grants and scholarships
  • Colorado teacher certification requirement

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully accredited teaching degrees in Colorado.

Teaching Degrees in Colorado

Colorado has five accredited teacher preparation programs offered through colleges and universities. As with all other states, obtaining teacher certification in Colorado requires achieving at least a bachelor’s degree.

The starting salary for those with a teaching degree in Colorado is $31,285, with the average salary of $49,288. Teachers in Colorado with a master’s degree account for 48.4% of all teachers; these see a significant salary increase of $8,010 per year over teachers with a bachelor’s degree.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Colorado

Among the varied options for financial aid, including grants and scholarships, for teaching programs in Colorado are:

Columbine Memorial Scholarship
One $1,500 scholarship awarded by the Denver Foundation annually to a Jefferson County high school teacher or professional staff member.

PACE Teacher Scholarships
The Professional Association of Colorado Educators provides up to $500 for use on tuition, books, conferences, workshops, or professional development.

The Robert H. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
The Colorado Education Association awards this $1,500 scholarship to a member teacher working on a graduate degree, or to support staff working on an undergraduate degree.

Robert Noyce Scholars Program
This Colorado State University-Pueblo program provides funding of up to $14,000 per year for a maximum of two years, and fast-track scholarships up to $19,000 for one year. It focuses on mathematics, science and technology professionals seeking to become teachers.

Winifred R. Reynolds Educational Scholarship Fund
Scholarships awarded to Colorado residents pursuing a graduate degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or an equivalent field.

University of Colorado – Denver
UC Denver awards a variety of scholarships to students pursuing teaching degrees.

Colorado Teacher Certification

Teachers wishing to obtain certification in the state of Colorado must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Completion of an accredited teaching certification program
  • Criminal background check and child abuse clearance
  • Passing the PLACE and Praxis II exams.

In addition, Colorado offers interesting alternate paths for teaching degrees. Among these alternate programs are the Troops to Teachers program, which helps veterans transition into a teaching career. There are also expedited one- and two-year certification programs for candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree, but have not completed any other teaching certification programs involving student teaching experiences.

Important Note: Colorado has reciprocity agreements for teachers from out of state through the Interstate Reciprocity Program.

In order to renew a standard five-year teaching license, teachers in Colorado must complete six semester hours of continuing education credits which can include up to 90 hours of professional development activity.

Additional Resources about Teaching in Colorado

The following resources provide additional information about becoming a professional teacher in Colorado and maintaining this status.

Colorado Department of Education
The Department of Education is a valuable resource for Colorado teachers, students and parents. It provides information regarding the state’s school system, meetings, and data on school performance.

Colorado Department of Labor
The Colorado Department of Labor is a great source for learning about job openings and the general labor market in Colorado

Colorado Education Association
The Colorado Education Association is a 40,000 volunteer member organization made up of teachers, retired teachers and student teachers in the state.

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