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Rural Inservice Educator Stipend

(formerly known as the Concurrent Enrollment Educator Qualification Stipend)

The Colorado Center for Rural Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education encourage talented inservice PK-12 educators working in a rural Colorado school district to pursue the necessary qualifications to: (a) teach concurrent enrollment courses, (b) add an additional endorsement; or (c) fulfill a local faculty need. The Rural Inservice Educator Stipend provides recipients with up to $6,000 to offset costs associated with a qualifying program provided by one of Colorado’s institutions of higher education.

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Application Requirements

Eligible Applicants Must Meet the Following Criteria:

  1. Be employed in one of Colorado's rural or small rural school districts (see below). 
  2. Provide evidence of full admission to a program at one of Colorado’s institutions of higher education with a plan of study that includes the necessary coursework to:
    • Fulfill the qualifications of college faculty required to teach concurrent enrollment courses(e.g., copy of official admission letter from the Graduate School); or
    • Add an additional endorsement to an existing teaching license (e.g., Special Education Generalist (K-12); Middle School Math (6-8); or World Languages (K-12) etc.); or
    • Earn a Masters degree that meets an instructional need of the rural school, school district, or Board of Cooperative Educational Services in which the applicant is employed.
  3. Be committed to teach in a Colorado rural school district for three (3) years after receiving the award.
  4. Be willing to sign a promissory note with the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
  5. Maintain communications with the Colorado Center of Rural Education staff to share experiences, complete surveys, and verify employment status.

Eligibility Preference

Preference will be given to applicants who are willing to each in one of the rural school districts (especially small rural school districts with less than 1000 students) that are located 50 miles or more from major metropolitan areas and outside of the Front-Range region of Colorado.


Definition of Rural School District

According to the Colorado Department of Education, a Colorado school district "is determined to be rural giving consideration to the size of the district, the distance from the nearest large urban/urbanized area, and having a PK-12 student enrollment of 6,500 students or less. Small rural districts are those districts meeting these same criteria and having a student population of less than 1,000 students." The current official list of rural and small rural school districts is available at https://www.cde.state.co.us/ruraledcouncil and a helpful map can be found at https://www.unco.edu/colorado-center-for-rural-education/2019.2020map.pdf.