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Colorado Troops to Teachers

About Colorado Troops to Teachers

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 Colorado Troops to Teachers 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Teaching as a Second Career Seminar

Work Force Events

  • Pikes Peak Colorado Military, Veteran and Spouse Employment Coalition – Colorado Springs (TBD)
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo Veterans Resource Fair – Pueblo (TBD)


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