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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. 

Read our Article in UNC Magazine

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 Polisa nd stakeholders sign SB-009
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.”


Applications Open Early

Application windows for the Rural Alternative Licensure Stipend, Concurrent Enrollment Educator Qualification Stipend & National Board Teacher Certification Stipends  are now open for the 2019-2020 academic year! Questions? Email Dr. Valerie Sherman at valerie.sherman@unco.edu with questions.

Great Northwest Rural Education Recruiting Event

April 12 - 13, 2019

The two-day event will help high-school students interested in the field of education learn about Colorado Mountain College's education program and provide pre-service teachers and individuals interested in  alternative licensure discuss student teaching and employment opportunities in the northwest corner of Colorado. Transportation, lodging, and most meals are provided.  

Registration for this event is now closed.

East Central Immersion Event

April 16-18, 2019

Are you a pre-service teacher or potential alternative licensure candidate? Do you like wide-open spaces and friendly faces? Yes? Then this multi-day immersion and recruiting event is for you!   As a participant, you will be matched with a master teacher,  have the chance to work with local students, and stay with local families.  Learn more and sign-up by March 31, 2019!

Register for East Central Immersion Event