What’s the key to landing a great teaching job in Colorado? One word: preparation.
First, make sure you’re qualified to teach in Colorado. All teachers must be state certified, which requires passing the Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (PLACE) exams. Though many schools will hire you before you have a teacher certificate, it’s still a good idea to go into interviews at least with a plan for completing certification requirements soon after being hired. You may also want to consider whether it’s an advantage to try to become certified before applying for a teaching position, which may put you ahead of a non-certified candidate.
Next, visit the Colorado Department of Education’s website (www.cde.state.co.us) for open teaching positions. Teach in Colorado’s site (www.jobpath.com/csh/search.aspx?csh=csh_CDE) also has job postings, organized according to teacher specialty.
Supplement your search through employment listings with a visit to one or two of the state’s more active educational associations, such as the Colorado Education Association (www.coloradoea.org). By networking with current teachers, you can learn about the job prospects for different parts of the state and better target your search to certain areas.
Last Updated: 06/25/2014