Become a Colorado Teacher

Ski resorts and winter sports might be the first things that come to mind when you think of Colorado, but it's also a popular place to live and work. Education was one of the major industry sectors to gain employment over the past year.(1) So if you've been thinking of teaching in Colorado, now's a good time to become a teacher.

Future Colorado Teachers:
Colorado teacher salaries averaged $49,505 during the 2009-2010 year, according to the National Education Association, not counting the generous health benefits and vacation schedules that teachers enjoy...both useful if you're planning to haunt the ski slopes.

The greatest amount of teacher job growth is expected at the preschool through middle-school grade levels.(1) That's no surprise, considering the state recently received a grant of over $40 million to broaden the range of public and charter school options.(2) If that's enough to get you thinking of teaching in Colorado, then the next step is to research the prerequisites you need to become a teacher.

First-time applicants for Colorado teacher certification generally need to complete an approved teacher preparation program and hold at least a bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject. However, alternative routes to certification are also available. Contact the Colorado Department of Education for more information.

Current Colorado Teachers and School Administrators:
Initial Colorado teaching certification is valid for three years. Rather than renewing their initial license, some teachers choose to move on to a professional teaching license. A professional license requires completion of an additional induction program. You'll need to renew this license every five years, a process requiring additional college education courses or professional development.(2). Check with the Department Education to learn their school administrator requirements.

Colorado Teachers in Demand:
Demand for teachers is high in Colorado if you have the right professional training and certification. With programs like the $1 million Educator Effectiveness Project from the Colorado Department of Education, as well as $47.8 million in federal Teacher Incentive Fund grants for high-need areas, Colorado is making a firm investment in its current and future teachers.(3)

Before landing your first teaching job in Colorado, research top bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and certification programs right here at Teacher World!

Sources:
(1) Colorado Department of Labor and Employment;
(2) Colorado Department of Education;
(3) Colorado.gov

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Capella University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in Educational Leadership & Management (Online)
  • EdD in Reading and Literacy (Online)
  • EdS in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • EdS in Leadership in Educational Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Adult Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership and Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Instructional Design for Online Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Integrative Studies (Online)
  • Master of Science in K-12 Studies in Education (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Leadership in Educational Administration (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Reading and Literacy (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Training and Performance Improvement (Online)
  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning (Online)
  • PhD in K-12 Studies in Education (Online)
  • PhD in Leadership for Higher Education (Online)
  • PhD in Leadership in Educational Administration (Online)
  • PhD in Postsecondary and Adult Education (Online)
  • PhD in Professional Studies in Education (Online)
  • PhD in Special Education Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Training and Performance Improvement (Online)
  • Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Development (Online)
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology (Online)
  • Master of Science in School Psychology (Online)
  • PhD in Educational Psychology (Online)
  • PsyD in School Psychology (Online)
  • EdD in Adult Education (Online)
  • EdD in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)

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Grand Canyon University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • B.S. in Early Childhood (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - English (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - Math (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)

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Keiser University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Education Specialist in Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Teaching & Learning (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Graduate Certificate in Career College Administration (Online)
  • Joint Master of Science in Education and Master of Business Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Allied Health Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - College Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Online Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • PhD in Adult Education (Online)
  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)

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Northcentral University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Education (MEd) - Accelerated Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Accelerated Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Adult Learning and Workforce Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Athletic Coaching (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - General Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - International Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - PK-12 Principal Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Special Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - General Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - International Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Special Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Curriculum and Teacher (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - International Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Special Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • PhD in Education - E-Learning (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - English Second Language (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Special Education (Online)

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University of Southern California - Rossier School of Education

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Gifted Education Certificate (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - TESOL (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching w/ Teaching Credential (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching with Special Education Credential (Online)
  • Master of Education in Advanced Instruction (Online)
  • Master's of Education - Gifted Education Certificate (Online)
  • Master's of Education with Special Education Credential (Online)

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University of Phoenix

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Continuing Education for Educators

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Kaplan University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Higher Education - Educational Assessment and Evaluation (Online)
  • BSPY - Child Development (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development (Online)
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (Online)
  • MSE - Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Higher Ed (Online)
  • MSE - Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Organizations (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (for Aspiring Teachers Grades 5-12) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - College Administration and Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - College Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - Online College Teaching (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - Student Affairs (Online)

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Post University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Instructional Design & Technology (Online)

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Walden University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Child Development (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education (Course-based) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education (KAM-based) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education (Mixed-Model) (Online)

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Argosy University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in Teaching & Learning

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Western Governors University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) (Online)
  • B.A. Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Biological Science) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Chemistry) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Geosciences) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Physics) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-9) (Online)
  • B.A. Special Education (Online)
  • Endorsement Prep Program in ELL (PK-12) (Online)
  • Endorsement Preparation Program in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • M.A. English Language Learning (PK-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Mathematics Education (K-6, 5-9, or 5-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Biological Science) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Chemistry) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Geosciences) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Physics) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-9) (Online)
  • M.A. Teaching (K-8)
  • M.A. Teaching --Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Teaching --Science (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Teaching --Social Science (5-12) (Online)
  • M.Ed. Instructional Design (Online)
  • M.Ed. Learning and Technology (Online)
  • M.S. Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • M.S. Educational Leadership (Online)
  • M.S. Special Education (K-12) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm (K-8) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm --Math (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm --Science (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm --Social Science (5-12) (Online)

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Concordia University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.Ed in Career and Technical Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Adolescent Literacy (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Bible Literacy (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Career and Technical Education Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Common Core State Standards Instructional Leader (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - ECE (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - ESOL (K-Adult) (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - English Language Development (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Environmental Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Equity, Ethics, and Justice
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Mathematics (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Methods & Curriculum (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Science (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Social Studies (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Teacher Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - The Inclusive Classroom (SPED) (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - eLearning/Technology Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Ed.D in Educational Administration (Online)
  • Ed.D in Higher Education (Online)
  • Ed.D in Teacher Leadership (Online)

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University of the Southwest

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MSEd - Curriculum and Instruction
  • MSEd - Early Childhood
  • MSEd - Education Administration
  • MSEd - Special Education
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Bilingual
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: TESOL

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American University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Online)

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Abilene Christian University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Education in Higher Education (Online)

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Purdue University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology (Online)

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University of Phoenix

Campuses: Colorado Main, Colorado Springs Downtown, Turnpike Learning Center

Degrees Offered:

  • Graduate Special Education Certificate
  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education/Social Studies
  • Graduate Principal Licensure Certificate
  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education/Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education/English Language Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education/Mathematics

Colorado Technical University

Campuses: Aurora

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science in General Studies
  • Doctor of Management in Graduate Level Instructional Practices

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*Teacher Salary Information For 2014—2015

Median Elementary School Teacher Salary: $53,090 Median Middle School Teacher Salary: $53,430 Median High School Teacher Salary: $55,050 Average Administrator Salary: $87,760 Median Elementary, Middle and High School Principals: $87,760
On average, teachers with masters degrees will earn $8,000 to $10,000 more each year than those with only a bachelors degree.

Consequently, in order to attain a position as an administrator, a masters, PhD or Ed D. is required.

On average, Administrators will earn around $30,000 more each year than their hard working, teacher cohorts!

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook