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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:


Stipend Opportunities for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Application windows for the Rural Alternative Licensure Stipend, Concurrent Enrollment Educator Qualification Stipend & National Board Teacher Certification Stipends will open early this summer! Check back again soon or email Dr. Valerie Sherman (valerie.sherman@unco.edu) with questions.


2019 Future Rural Teacher Summit!

Building on the success of the 2018 Future Rural Teaching Summit, the Colorado Center for Rural Education will once again work with the University of Northern Colorado to host a second Future Rural Teacher Summit (FRTS) on Thursday, February 21, 2019 in combination with the Future Teachers Conference.  High school and college students, parents, rural educators, and guidance counselors are encouraged to attend! A variety of speakers representing the Colorado Center for Rural Education, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, the University of Northern Colorado, and the La Veta School District will share their thoughts on why  Summit participants should consider a future teaching career in rural Colorado.  Register for the Future Rural Teaching Summit!