Jump to main content

Interested in a career in teaching? Join this free event!

The University of Northern Colorado invites you and your teachers to the ninth annual UNC Future Teacher Conference on February 2. This FREE conference offers a day of informative activities designed to help you learn just what it takes to become an educator.

Teaching is in our DNA! Founded as a Normal School in 1889, the University of Northern Colorado has produced thousands of graduates who have gone on to have successful careers in education. We are excited to host hundreds of students who share a similar passion for teaching and will shape the next generation of K-12 students. 
Presentations and workshops will include information and perspectives from current pre-service teachers, early career teachers, veteran educators and UNC faculty and administration. The program includes information for students interested in:

  • Elementary Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Urban and Rural Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • K-12 Technology Education
  • Sport and Exercise Science Education
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
  • Art Education
  • Music Education
  • A special session for your parents too!

Welcome to the wonderful world of teaching.

Future Teacher Confernce UNC Network, logo.

Are you a high school or community college student interested in a career in teaching? Contact us at teacher.education@unco.edu.

Excited about the 2024 Future Teacher Conference? Us too. Help us spread the word! 

Download the Future Teacher Conference flyer to share with others


Conference Announcements:

New Scholarships Announced!

For the first time ever, UNC will award $1,000 scholarships to two Future Teacher Conference attendees who will enroll at UNC in the fall of 2024. Come to the Future Teacher Conference Feb. 2, 2024 for a chance to receive a scholarship*

 *You must be present at the Future Teacher Conference on Feb. 2, 2024 to win. Students selected must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate teacher licensure program for Fall 2024 on the Greeley Campus to receive the scholarship

Keynote Speaker Announced!

Emmy Award winner and one of Time Magazine's Most Influential People, Steve Spangler will speak at the 2024 Conference!

Learn More.

Future Rural Teacher Summit Keynote Speaker Announced!

Susana Córdova, the Colorado Commissioner of Education, will speak at the 2024 Future Rural Teacher Summit, which takes place Feb. 1, 2024, the night before the FTC. 

Learn More.

UNC Graduate Named Teacher of the Year

Jessica May, '96, a middle school teacher at Thompson School District, was named the 2024 Colorado Teacher of the Year. This makes the 18th UNC alum to be named a teacher of the year in Colorado. Many of these teachers get their start at UNC's Future Teacher Conference. 

Learn More.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis talks about the history of UNC’s Future Teacher Conference.

Hear from Polis as he speaks about the importance of teacher education in Colorado, and the Future Teacher Conference.

Why Attend UNC? Teaching is in our DNA

The University of Northern Colorado has been preparing aspiring
educators for the classroom for over one-hundred years.

The Professors

Our experienced professors are passionate educators who are invested in preparing the next generation of leaders and teachers for the classroom.

Small Class Sizes

Our small class sizes and 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio provide opportunities and resources for students to succeed in in their academic pursuits.

Hands-On Experience

Our classroom observation and student-teaching programs provide applied classroom experience, preparing students for the real-world.

Staying up to date on the FTC Conference

Stay up to date on the latest announcements and news from #UNCFTC! 

Follow Us on Facebook




Hear from our former attendees about their experiences at the Future Teacher Conference!

Today was a wonderful experience, it really opened up new way of thinking for me.

The conference was great. It opened my eyes on how I view my teachers now.

The energy today was really good and I feel like I leave here knowing more.

Very informative and lots of fun. I learned a lot and I hope to use what I learned today in the future.