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Colorado Rural Teaching Stipend

The Colorado Center for Rural Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education encourage talented teacher candidates to student teach in Colorado rural school districts and eventually become a teacher in a Colorado rural school district. The value of the stipend is up to $4,000 for the semester of student teaching. Stipend recipients are expected to complete student teaching in a Colorado rural school district and then apply to and work in a rural school district. 

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Application Requirements 

Eligible Applicants Must Meet the Following Criteria:

  • Be enrolled in a teacher preparation program at one of the Colorado institutes of higher education.
  • Be placed in a student teaching experience within a Colorado rural school district.
  • Be willing to commit to pursuing a career as a full-time teacher in a Colorado rural or small rural school district after graduation and securing a Colorado teaching license.
  • Committed to teach for two years 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.
  • Have completed all requirements for their undergraduate degree and educator licensing program except the student teaching experience.
  • Have an earned GPA (cumulative grade point average) of 2.75 out of 4.00 or above.
  • Be committed to maintain communications with the Colorado Center of Rural Education staff during the student teaching period to share experiences, complete surveys, and provide a letter from the university student teaching supervisor verifying the student has successfully completed the student teaching requirement in a Colorado rural school district. 

Eligibility Preference

Preference will be given to the teacher candidates in any of the following high need areas:

  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Special Education
  • Cultural/linguistic diversity

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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.