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How to Become a Teacher

All about the preparation programs to become a teacher in Colorado.

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Become a Teacher

Like other high-skilled professions, there are key steps to becoming a teacher. If you’re not ready for these steps yet, no worries. Head over to Explore Teaching to start your research.

  1. 1

    Know where you’re headed.

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    To become a teacher or a special services provider (like a school counselor), you’ll need to get licensed, so review licensure requirements up front. For 1-on-1 support, check out our free coaching options.

    Understand Licensure
  2. 2

    Choose the program that fits you best.

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    When it comes time to choose a program that will help you get licensed to teach, use our criteria to compare options. It’s easier to find a match when you know what to look for.

  3. 3

    Apply to a program with confidence.

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    To make it easier to keep track of next steps and deadlines, be sure to create an application checklist. (You can also get $100 back after you apply!) Read our guides for info on program eligibility and application best practices if you’re stuck.

  4. 4

    Take advantage of financial aid.

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    Is affordability top of mind? You’ve got options when it comes to funding your training, from work study to loans to scholarships. For the nitty-gritty details, check out our Finances guide.


Talk to an expert coach

If you have read the information on this page and have a bachelor’s degree, sign up for a one-on-one call with a TEACH Colorado coach who specializes in alternative licenses. This is an opportunity to get your specific questions answered and map out your path to the classroom!