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In order to meet the requirements to be able to teach in Colorado, all teachers must take and pass one or more exams depending on your teaching assignment.

Becoming Certified to Teach 

Corps members are required to meet the Colorado state teaching requirements in order to maintain their position as a teacher, and they will continue to learn and grow through required professional development throughout their two years as a corps member. While teaching, corps members must attend all required courses and complete all required assignments in order to maintain their license as a teacher. 

Prior to Entering the Classroom

All corps members will need to:

  • Pass a Colorado state background check
  • Pass the Praxis (certification exam) in your content area
  • Submit degree-conferred transcripts
  • Apply for a Colorado state teaching license ($90-$110)

Colorado Certification and University Partners 

All corps members in Colorado are required to hold a valid Colorado state teaching license in their placement area in order to be hired by schools in their sub-region. Corps members are required to meet the Colorado state teaching requirements in order to maintain their position as a teacher in the corps, and they will continue to learn and grow through required professional development throughout their two years as a corps member. While teaching, corps members must attend all required courses and complete all required assignments in order to maintain their license as a teacher. 

ASPIRE to Teach and the University of Colorado – Denver 

Corps members that receive certification through the University of Colorado – Denver’s ASPIRE to Teach program will pay $6,000 for professional development and licensing coursework over the course of their first year in the corps. Corps members will pay a $250 deposit when they enroll, and the remaining balance of $5,750 will be due in October of their first year in the corps. AmeriCorps education awards cannot be applied towards this cost. Given this, an interest-free loan is available for all corps members to supplement the cost of the program. 

Corps members can then enroll in an optional Master’s program in their second year of the corps through the University of Colorado - Denver. This program is fully online, and corps members will earn their Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction: Critical Pedagogy. 

Relay Graduate School of Education 

Relay Graduate School of Education is a two year program that allows corps members to be alternatively licensed while they earn their Master of Arts in Teaching degree. After institutional aid from Relay and the application of two AmeriCorps education awards, anticipated out-of-pocket cost is $6,000. Charges will be distributed across the six terms of the program and federal financial aid is available. Tuition goes toward certification and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Relay’s program is currently only available to our corps members in our Denver sub-region. 

TFA Training

Before corps members begin teaching in their own classroom, they attend a multi-week, hands-on summer training. This training is an intensive program where corps members dedicate at least five weeks to learning the fundamentals of lesson planning and building a productive learning environment. Get more information about Teach For America's summer training. 

Teach For America-Colorado's institute training and location for summer 2019 are not yet confirmed. 

Estimated Costs:

  • Flights to both institute and induction