- Certification for corps members in all sub-regions can be obtained in one year through the University of Colorado – Denver.
- Corps members teaching in the Denver sub-region will have the option of obtaining certification through either University of Colorado – Denver or the Relay Graduate School of Education.
In order to meet the requirements to be able to teach in Colorado, all teachers must take and pass one or more exams depending on your teaching assignment. Taking and passing tests in your primary subject area is mandatory and should be completed as early as possible.
If you register on time and pass your tests the first time, the average overall cost for required tests across all subjects is about $360. Costs may vary based on the number of required tests, the subject area and other variables. If you register late for your tests and/or must take them multiple times, the cost for testing could be closer to or exceed $600.
For more information, please visit the Colorado Department of Education website.
Professional Development & Licensing Costs
Corps members are required to meet the Colorado state teaching requirements in order to maintain their position as a teacher, and they will continue to learn and grow through required professional development throughout their two years as a corps member. While teaching, corps members must attend all required courses and complete all required assignments in order to maintain their license as a teacher.
University of Colorado – Denver
Corps members that receive certification through the University of Colorado – Denver will pay $5,300 for professional development and licensing coursework over the course of their first year.
- $500 of this $5,200 is due by June 1, with $2,300 due by October 1 and $2500 due by January 1.
- Please note that an interest-free loan is available for all corps members to cover the full cost of the certification. This loan is disbursed in September of year one and corps members start paying back the loan in monthly installments beginning in October of year one.
Relay Graduate School of Education
Corps members that receive certification through the Relay Graduate School of Education could pay up to $18,000. After institutional aid from Relay and the application of two AmeriCorps education awards, anticipated out of pocket tuition costs for graduate students participating in TFA and teaching in high-needs schools is approximately $6,500. Tuition charges will be distributed across the six terms of the program.
In addition to the coursework fees noted above, corps members will need to pay Colorado Department of Education licensing fees up to $100 to process a statement of eligibility, a statement of assurance and an alternative teaching license. Those fees will be collected after Institute by the Colorado Department of Education.
No, you cannot use your AmeriCorps award toward the cost of licensure through the University of Colorado – Denver. However, if you choose to do the master’s degree you can use the award towards your master’s degree.
If you receive your certification from Relay Graduate School of Education (Denver sub-region only), you can apply your AmeriCorps award toward the cost of licensure.