Thanks again guys,
On 8/30/09, Curtis wrote:
> Congratulations on taking the steps to get your SOE. CDE is
> not great about explaining the process. You are correct; the
> next step is applying to districts. I agree with the previous
> response to your post and will not cover old ground. A good
> resource to look for jobs is www.teachincolorado.org . They
> have opening from around the state. Are you adamant about
> staying in FOCO? Your chances would go up significantly in
> more rural districts away from the colleges and the urban
> areas. This is where the real need is. Like in real estate,
> it's location, location, location. You are more valuable in
> areas where there isn't an overabundance of licensed teachers.
> Something to think about: In many smaller districts, having
> the desire and ability to coach will give you a leg up on the
> Regardless of the geographic areas you choose to conduct your
> job search, you will find that this time of year is very hard
> to find a position. Unless you get extremely lucky, you will
> probably have to focus on next year.
> Once you are hired by a district, CDE will issue you your
> alternative license. You will then have to go through the
> Alternative License program. Many districts use their BOCES
> to do this program. Last I knew, the cost was around $4K. The
> program lasts for one year. At the end of this program, you
> will get your Initial Teacher License. This is the same one
> the recent college grads get. It is good for three years.
> During that three years, you must complete an Induction
> Program. At the end of this, you will get your Professional
> (5 year) License.
> I hope this helps. I went through the process myself and have
> a very rewarding position teaching in a high school. Take
> care and good luck!