Rural Alternative Licensure Stipend
The Colorado Center for Rural Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education encourage individuals to pursue alternative licensure and serve students in one of Colorado's rural school districts. The Rural Alternative Licensure Stipend provides recipients with up to $6,000 of funding to pay for the cost of their alternative licensure program. Stipend recipients are expected to work in a Colorado rural school district for three (3) years after they have completed their alternative licensure program and have received their initial teaching license from the Colorado Department of Education. If selected as a Rural Alternative Licensure Scholar, the recipient will receive half of the stipend at the start their program and the remaining half when they have received their initial teaching license.
Eligible Applicants Must Meet the Following Criteria:
- Be enrolled in an approved Alternative Licensure Program
- Be employed as an educator in a Colorado rural school district.
- Be committed to teach in a Colorado rural school district for three (3) years after receiving their initial license from the Colorado Department of Education.
- Be committed to maintain communications with the Colorado Center of Rural Education staff to share experiences, complete surveys, and provide a letter from the alternative licensure program provider or school administrator verifying the recipient has received an initial license and remains employed in a rural school district.
Recipients must commit to teach for three (3) years in one of the rural school districts (especially small rural school districts with less than 1,000 students) located 50 miles or more from major metropolitan areas and outside of the Front-Range region of Colorado.
Definition of Rural School District
For the purpose of this stipend, any Colorado school district with a student enrollment of 6500 students or less is defined as a rural school district. Preference for student teaching placement will be given to those school districts that are also located 50 miles or more from major metropolitan areas and outside of the Front-Range region of Colorado.