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 CDE 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 at least 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
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 9:30 am to 3:30 pm on the date(s) listed below, unless otherwise noted (*).
Oct 4th 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Oct 28th 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Nov 8th 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Nov 29th 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Office hours will be held at the Colorado Department of Education, Educator Talent Unit, 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 Seminars 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 (dates marked with a asterisks (***) denote that a valid military ID is required for installation access):
- Fort Carson Air Force Base*** - November 15th, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
- Durango, Colorado - date, time and location to be determined
- Alamosa, Colorado - date, time and location to be determined
These events will be held each month to provide an opportunity for current and future Troops to Teachers educators to come together. Registration is not required.
- September Social Mixer - Thursday, September 27th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Frankie's Bar & Grill (945 N Powers Boulevard, Colorado Springs)
- October Social Mixer - Thursday, October 25th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Astro Tap House (3911 Ambrosia Street, Castle Rock)
- November Social Mixer - Thursday, November 29th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Harmony Bowl (lounge area) (3845 N Academy Boulevard, Colorado Springs) Bowling Challenge with John Scheuer!
- September 20, 2018, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm - 8th Annual Veterans in Higher Education Summit (University of Colorado, University Memorial Center, Glenn Miller Ballroom, Boulder)
- October 23, 2018, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm - UNC Teacher Employment Days (University of Northern Colorado, University Center Ballrooms)
- October 24, 2018, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm - Pikes Peak Workforce Center's Community and Veteran Career Fair (Chapel Hills Mall, Colorado Springs)
- November 1, 2018, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm - RecruitMilitary Career Fair (United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs)
- November 5, 2018, 12:00 to 2:00 pm - UCCS Veteran's Week Open House (University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University Center, Berger Hall, Colorado Springs)
- TBD - Pikes Peak Colorado Military, Veteran and Spouse Employment Coalition (Colorado Springs)
- TBD - Colorado State University-Pueblo Veterans Resource Fair (Pueblo)
For more information, please contact Korey Brown at 719-526-2208 or John Scheuer at 719-526-1201.
Korey Brown, 719-526-2208
John Scheuer, 719-526-1201