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
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, May 16th
Thursday, May 23rd
Thursday, June 13th
Thursday, July 11th
Thursday, August 8th
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 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):
- June 3, 5:00 to 6:30 pm - Pikes Peak BOCES
- July 31, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm - Fort Carson Air Force Base***
Troops to Teachers is proud to announce new professional development opportunities - Educator Boot Camp and Substitute Orientation! The Educator Boot Camp was specifically designed to support, assist, and encourage new educators as they enter into their first year in a classroom. The Substitute Orientation was designed for substitutes entering into the 2019-2020 academic school year.
Troops to Teachers Educator Boot Camp (Mentoring and Induction Program for Incoming Educators)
- July 30, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm - Colorado Springs
- August 6, 1:00 to 4:00 pm - Grand Junction
- August 7, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm - Grand Junction
- July 31, 8:00 to 11:00 am - Colorado Springs
- August 6, 8:00 to 11:00 am - Grand Junction
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.
- May 30, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Bowman's Vinyl Lounge (1312 South Broadway, Denver, CO)
- June 26, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Astro Tap House (3911 Ambrosia Street, Castle Rock, CO)
- July 25, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Legends Rock Bar (2790 Hancock Expressway, Colorado Springs, CO)
- August 29, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at The Principal's Office (1604 South Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO)
- 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.
Korey Brown, 719-526-2208
John Scheuer, 719-526-1201