Careers in Education

The CMC Difference

In this world of change, children require excellent teachers for a truly excellent education. The Bachelor of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Elementary Education provides a unique program that directly serves the needs of the diverse students and schools in our rural mountain communities.

Teacher candidates in our program can expect some distinct advantages:

Extensive Field Experience and Mentoring

Local school leaders explain that prospective teachers must be in the schools early and often, learn from master teachers and thoroughly integrate theory with practice. Our program builds confidence and skills through hundreds of hours of rigorous field assignments beginning in the first year, and provides ongoing mentoring from skilled educators.

'Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education' Endorsement (CLD)

As our communities reflect increasing diversity, the CMC program requires training to prepare candidates for Colorado's Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement. Teachers will build their inclusive teaching strategies to provide an exceptional education to all students.

Teachers Wanted: Local Graduates Preferred!

Local school districts want to develop and hire local Bachelor of Arts in Education graduates.

Colorado Mountain College's Bachelor of Arts in Education degree was developed with input from school leaders throughout the rural mountain communities in Colorado. These school districts, along with many others in Colorado, import teachers trained in other states who frequently leave after a short term. School leaders want to increase the quality and continuity of their schools. So they are looking for teachers who are committed to living in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

From local educators who are guiding development and continuing improvement of this program

“We want to grow our own teachers. We want to develop our young people and paraprofessionals who will stay with us.”

CMC survey of district superintendents and principals

“We’re delighted to work with Colorado Mountain College to build a teacher education program that will help us translate our vision to encourage, nurture, and challenge every student, every day. What a great opportunity to support our students and local residents in their quest to work and serve in the communities where they live.”

Susan Birdsey
Superintendent Garfield RE2 School District

Regional Demand for Teachers

Great locally trained teachers are needed! Regional school districts report a steady need to hire new elementary teachers each year. Elementary teachers represent 40-50% of all new teachers hired throughout the CMC district.

United States Employment Trends

Employment Sector 2012 2022 Percent Change Projected Annual Job Openings
Elementary School Teachers 1,361,200 1,529,100 +12% 46,740

Colorado Employment Trends

Employment Sector 2012 2022 Percent Change Projected Annual Job Openings
Elementary School Teachers 23,190 27,880 +20% 980

Data Source: US Department of Labor


Resources for the Aspiring Teacher

Education Associations

Educator Licensing

Regional Employment Opportunities