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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:


Fall 2018 Teacher Stipend Opportunities Available 

Rural Alternative Licensure Stipend, Concurrent Enrollment Educator Qualification Stipend & National Board Teacher Certification Stipends. Preferred Submission Date: September 30, 2018.

Specialized Service Provider Stipends

Specialized Service Provider Stipends are awarded to individuals who are enrolled in an approved specialized service provider program and commit to working in a remote rural or small rural school district for three (3) years after completing their plan of study. To be considered, applicants must email a brief statement of interest to Dr. Valerie Sherman, Rural Education Coordinator of the Colorado Center for Rural Education (valerie.sherman@unco.edu) by September 30, 2018 .

2018 Future Rural Teacher Summit a Success!

Over 50 individuals from across Colorado and Utah attended the first annual 2018 Future Rural Teacher Summit (FRTS) sponsored by the Colorado Center for Rural Education. Participants included high school and college students, parents, rural educators, and guidance counselors. A variety of speakers representing the Colorado Center for Rural Education, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, the University of Northern Colorado, and the Otis School District shared why Summit participants should consider a future teaching career in rural Colorado. At the close of the FRTS, participants shared the Summit provided them with a better understanding of what it would be like to become a rural teacher, and revealed they could envision themselves a rural teacher in the future.Place cursor at the end of this sentence and press [enter] to add more content.