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Want to try out teaching before you launch your career? Check out these teaching fellowships and volunteer mentorship opportunities with our Colorado partners.
Why gain experience working with students?
Teaching isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s a challenging career that takes creativity, collaboration and problem solving. Luckily, you have plenty of opportunities to work with students of all ages as part of paid tutoring, summer internships or volunteer programs.
Apply to a pre-teaching opportunity to:
- Get classroom experience before committing yourself to the career.
- Practice teaching strategies, lesson planning, classroom management and more.
- Make connections in local schools and meet current educators.
Emely chose the Generation Teach Summer Teaching because it was an amazing way to practice, learn, and grow before graduating from undergrad.
"Generation Teach was my foundation in teaching. I learned so many skills for managing a class and building authentic relationships with kids. I feel much more prepared as a first-year teacher. I loved the GT community and our students."
Try teaching here.
AmeriCorps provides opportunities for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to give their time and talent to serve communities and help organizations address local needs (including education). There are hundreds of full- and part-time opportunities to support, mentor, inspire and connect with local students across Colorado. Training is provided for every position.
AmeriCorps Colorado participants (called members) dedicate their time to service for a small living allowance and an educational award upon successful completion of their service. Additional benefits such as supplemental health insurance, loan deferment, and childcare vary by program.
Blueprint Math FellowsLearn more
Blueprint Schools Network (“Blueprint”) is a national educational nonprofit organization that promotes educational equity and improves life outcomes for students through their Math Fellows (tutor) program. Math Fellows are provided paid support and training focusing on areas such as 1) teaching strategies; 2) classroom management strategies; 3) relationship building; and 4) math content support. Working as a Math Fellow is a great way to explore teaching as a possible career path in a very supportive environment, all while building your professional network and real-world work experience. Blueprint provides competitive hourly pay, benefits to their full-time Fellows, and access to a discounted online master’s program through Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education.
Paid positions available for: those enrolled in a college program or who have completed an Associate's or higher.
Breakthrough at Kent DenverLearn More
The mission of Breakthrough at Kent Denver is two-fold: first, to increase the educational and social opportunities of motivated, financially under-resourced, middle and high school students through a quality year-round program, and second, to motivate and train talented college students for careers in education.
Paid Teaching Fellowships for: Rising 7th-12th grade students from Denver and Englewood Public Schools who are motivated and financially under-resourced.
Volunteer positions for: High-school students and adults.
EnCorps STEMx TutorsLearn More
EnCorps STEMx Tutors provide academic assistance to underserved middle school students, currently under-performing in math, in order to ready them for the rigor of high school mathematics that will provide them access to education that will help them break the cycle of poverty, pursue higher education, and secure jobs in the 21st century. Want to empower students and inspire the next generation of STEM leaders? Join EnCorps today!
Volunteer positions for: Bachelor’s degree holders who have at least one year of hands-on STEM industry work experience or have an advanced degree in a STEM field.
Generation TeachLearn More
The vision of Generation Teach is to end racial injustice and inequity in education. Our mission is to co-create loving communities where generations of students, teachers, and leaders learn, grow, and develop. Generation Teach facilitates learning experiences that center the history, stories, and strength of people of color and provide all participants with windows and mirrors of their own lived experiences.
Teaching Fellowships with Scholarships for: Undergraduate students and high-school sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Paraeducator PositionsLearn More
Paraeducators support student learning, and classroom management and organization. Paraeducators frequently attend to students' physical, personal, academic, and emotional needs, and are essential to school communities.
Paid positions available for: High-school graduates
Reading PartnersLearn More
We’ve paired thousands of community volunteers in low-income schools to help kids master basic reading skills and narrow their achievement gaps. Our one-on-one tutoring empowers students to succeed while simultaneously empowering volunteers to make a lasting difference in our community through individualized personal attention to each student in our program. Reading Partners Colorado currently serves students in 13 schools in Denver.
Volunteer positions for: Anyone 14 years of age or older
Schoolhouse.world is a free, virtual tutoring platform, for SAT® Prep and math—from pre-algebra to calculus. The non-profit was co-founded by Sal Khan of Khan Academy. Within a few hours of training and onboarding, you can become a tutor on the platform and start hosting group tutoring sessions for learners from 80+ countries.
Volunteer positions available.
Substitute TeachLearn More
Substitute teaching is a great way to give teaching a try and explore different grade levels and subject areas. Classroom substitute teachers come from all walks of life and can positively impact students' lives. Now more than ever, school districts are looking for skilled substitute teachers. Substitute teaching pay ranges from $100 to $200 a day across the state. Earn money, influence lives and make a difference in your community!
If you’re not ready to take the plunge into full-time teaching, start subbing with Scoot Education here to explore different grade levels and subject areas. Scoot, an educational staffing company, can connect you with substitute teaching opportunities that match your preferences, location, and career aspirations. Their Education Consultants provide 1:1 guidance and go over school feedback with you to continually improve your teaching skills. Start substitute teaching today and help Scoot create exceptional experiences in education.
Meanwhile, "Welcome to Substitute Teaching," a course developed by Substantial Classrooms, will set you up for success as a substitute teacher! You can register and get started here. The course will build your knowledge and understanding of how to prepare for and complete a teaching assignment and your role in the school community. You’ll find great information on what to expect as a substitute teacher and some basic resources for managing a classroom and facilitating instruction.
Teacher CadetLearn More
The primary goal of the Teacher Cadet program is to encourage academically talented, high achieving, high school students with exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills to consider teaching as a career. An important secondary goal of the Program is to provide these talented future community leaders with insights about teachers and schools so they will be civic advocates of education.
Concurrent enrollment opportunities available for: High-school juniors and seniors with a GPA/GPR of at least 3.0