Colorado Center for Rural Education
Rural school districts throughout Colorado continue to experience significant difficulty finding qualified individuals to serve as classroom educators, school leaders, and/or special service providers within their individual school districts.
The Colorado Center for Rural Education was created to address these issues. Our center is not limited to the University of Northern Colorado community. We work with 22 Colorado Institutions of Higher Education to recruit, prepare, place, and support educators for rural communities to ensure every rural student has a quality learning experience.
The Colorado Department of Education, in partnership with the Colorado Center for
Rural Education at the University of Northern Colorado, are pleased to announce the
availability of a $300 stipend that can be used to reimburse a variety of costs associated
with obtaining a substitute authorization.
Individuals with a valid 1-year, 3-year, 5-year, or 2020-21 Substitute Authorization may qualify for the stipend upon meeting a set of eligibility requirements. Learn more about the Colorado Substitute Stipend and apply!
Financial Support for Rural Educators
The Colorado Center for Rural Education provides a variety of stipends to pre-service and in-service educators who work with students in rural school districts. Interested? Learn more about the available stipends you can use while you teach the students who need you the most!
Ready to apply?
Find out how to apply for the best stipend for you below:
Bill Sponsors, Governor Polis and stakeholders
Signing SB-009, "Financial Incentives for Rural Educators"
The former bill is now law.
“Under existing law, the department of higher education (department) annually awards up to 40 stipends of not more than $2,800 to students enrolled in teacher preparation programs who agree to teach in a rural school or rural school district. The bill removes the limit on the number of stipends and increases the amount to $4,000.
Under existing law, the department also annually awards up to 60 stipends to educators in rural schools and rural school districts who are seeking certain certifications. The bill removes the limit on the number of stipends.”
In partnership with the Research Education Labratory-Central at Marzano Research, the Center investigated how providing financial incentives effects rural recruitment and retention.
- Undergraduates who receive a rural recruitment incentive are three times more likely to be hired by a rural/small rural school district than their non-incentivized peers.
- Inservice teachers who received a rural retention incentive were 20% more likely to remain employed in a rural school district than individuals who did not.
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- Preventing Learning Loss Webinar and Coaching Sessions
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