Become a Teacher
To become a certified teacher in Colorado, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.
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- Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Colorado provides differential pay and loan forgiveness for teachers teaching in high needs schools but provides no support for teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
- Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Colorado has strong induction policies in place
- Average Elementary Teacher Salary: The average elementary school teacher in Colorado makes $49,150
- Average Secondary Teacher Salary: The average secondary teacher in Colorado makes $50,920
- Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Colorado makes 114% of the salary of the average worker in Colorado
- Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: The average teacher in Colorado receives 15 weeks of vacation per year
- Colorado does not require a basic skills test for student teaching or for certification.
- Colorado Department of Education
- Colorado Teacher Tenure
- Troops to Teachers Colorado: In Colorado, Troops to Teachers is managed by the Mountain Pacific Region Office