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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

Office Hours 

We're pleased to announce that Troops to Teachers Colorado has scheduled office hours available at the Colorado Department of Education to better serve the veterans in the Denver metro area.  Office hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on the date(s) listed below, unless otherwise noted (*).  

  • ​​Thursday, April 11th

  • Thursday, May 2nd *10:00 am to 3:00 pm

  • Thursday, May 16th

  • Thursday, May 23rd

  • Thursday, June 13th

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 719-526-2208 or John Scheuer at 719-526-1201 to schedule an appointment.

Teach as a Second Career Seminar/Information Sessions

Teach as a Second Career Seminars/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.  Seminars are scheduled for the following dates and times (locations marked with asterisks (***) denote that a valid military ID is required for installation access):

  • April 24, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm - Buckley Air Force Base***
  • April 30, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm - United States Air Force Academy***
  • June 3, 5:00 to 6:30 pm - Pikes Peak BOCES

Networking Events (Social Mixers)

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.

  • April 25, 5:30 to 7:30 pm - Colorado Springs (location TBD)
  • May 30, 5:30 to 7:30 pm - Bowman's Vinyl Lounge (1312 South Broadway, Denver, CO)
  • June 26, 5:30 to 7:30 pm - Astro Tap House (3911 Ambrosia Street, Castle Rock, CO)

Work Force, Employment, and Recruitment Events

  • April 12 and 13 - The Great Northwest Rural Recruitment Event (Steamboat Springs)
  • April 17 - Colorado State University Teacher Job Fair (Fort Collins) 
  • April 18 - Recruit Military Job Fair (Denver)
  • May 4 - CASPA Alternative Job Fair (Denver)
  • May 9 - K-12 Employer Day (Fort Carson)
  • May 29 - Military & Veterans Employment EXPO (MVEE) (Colorado Springs)
  • June 4 - University of Colorado Colorado Springs Teacher Movie/Educator Panel Event (Colorado Springs)
  • June 13 - Recruit Military Job Fair (Colorado Springs)
  • June 19 - K-12 Employer Day (Fort Carson)

For more information, including registration details for any of the above listed events, please contact Korey Brown at 719-526-2208 or John Scheuer at 719-526-1201.


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General Troops to Teachers inquiries

Korey Brown, 719-526-2208

John Scheuer, 719-526-1201

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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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