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Begin Your Next Life-Changing Mission
Join the Troops to Teachers Colorado program to translate your skills as a veteran to a career in education.
Begin Your Next Life-Changing Mission
Join the Troops to Teachers Colorado program to translate your skills as a veteran to a career in education.
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“With an increasing number of dedicated men and women transitioning from military service into civilian careers, we should remove any barriers to enlist their talents in the effort to teach our children.” 

– Senator Michael Bennet, Colorado

What is Troops to Teachers Colorado?

Through Troops to Teachers Colorado, service members and veterans receive career counseling, financial and placement assistance to transition their leadership, core values and acquired skills to a teaching career.

Troops to Teachers has helped more than 21,000 veterans successfully transition to a career in education while also providing students with exceptional role models in the classroom. The program is supported by the Colorado Department of Education and the national Troops to Teachers program, and facilitated by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Who's eligible? All current and former members of the United States Armed Forces, including National Guard and Reservists.

 

I love the students. I love that I'm one of the last teachers they'll have before heading out into the "real world." I try to spend class time discussing real world challenges that exist in an effort to prepare them to make difficult but intelligent choices.

          Jack Van Natta, Secondary Physics, Douglas County School District

Find Out How to Get Started

At no cost, you will have access to:

  • Career counseling for veterans by veterans.
  • Program coordinators and faculty advisors at each of the Colorado schools of higher education and education preparation programs.
  • Committed veteran mentors from the point of enrollment in an educator preparation program through successful employment as a teacher.
  • Individualized, professional support in navigating the state’s teacher certification and licensing requirements.
  • A support network of aspiring and experienced veteran educators.
  • Connections to hiring officials in Colorado districts.
  • What resources will Troops to Teachers provide me with?

    At no cost, you will have access to:

    • Career counseling for veterans by veterans.
    • Program coordinators and faculty advisors at each of the Colorado schools of higher education and education preparation programs.
    • Committed veteran mentors from the point of enrollment in an educator preparation program through successful employment as a teacher.
    • Individualized, professional support in navigating the state’s teacher certification and licensing requirements.
    • A support network of aspiring and experienced veteran educators.
    • Connections to hiring officials in Colorado districts.
  • Why do students in Colorado need veterans in the classroom?

    In Colorado, we need great teachers who represent the breadth of backgrounds, experiences and cultures of our students, and who prepare students to compete and thrive in a changing global society through science, math, technology and world languages.

    Veterans increase diversity among teaching staff, which can help reduce the troubling diversity gap between teachers and students. Nationally, veterans who become teachers are 82 percent male and 43 percent from minority backgrounds.

    Additionally, school administrators overwhelmingly report that veterans have a positive impact on student achievement and are effective in instruction and classroom management.

     

  • How will my skills as a veteran translate to the classroom?

    Through teaching, veterans continue to fulfill their desire to serve by helping shape the future of our country. Teaching offers you an opportunity to continue a tradition of service.

    The skills veterans honed in the military—leadership, initiative, motivation, discipline, integrity, management and the ability to thrive in an ever-changing environment—are a natural fit for the classroom.

    Colorado schools need great teachers, especially those who specialize in special education, bilingual education, career and technical education, library/media studies, and STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math).

    Plus, you may be eligible for a special Career and Technical Education credential based on your military experience. Based on your unique background, Troops to Teachers can help determine your quickest path to the classroom.

  • What financial aid is available to veterans & families?

    There are state funding opportunities available for military veterans. Head over to Programs to learn more about Colorado's participating educator preparation options. Pro Tip: Check out Financial Aid & Scholarships for more funding opportunities catered to future teachers (veteran or not).


    Contact Colorado’s Troops to Teachers leads, Korey Brown and John Scheuer, to learn more.