To network with established science educators, teacher candidates could join the Colorado Association of Science Teachers. Before that, however, read on to learn more about the steps to becoming a science teacher in Colorado, including the classes you may take during a secondary science educator program and the various certification exams you will have to pass in order to demonstrate both your basic skills and content knowledge.
Requirements for Colorado Science Teacher Certification
|Average Salary for Colorado Teachers (2016)*|| $51,800 (Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education);
$53,640 (Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education)
|Required Degree||Bachelor's Degree|
|Degree Field||Secondary Education and Science|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis II General Science: Content Knowledge|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step One: Complete a Secondary Education Program
Future science teachers are required by the Colorado Department of Education to complete a bachelor's degree in secondary education. This certifies them to teach grades seven through twelve. Students enrolled in a secondary education program at a Colorado university will take classes in topics like cultural diversity, students in urban contexts, and creating a responsive classroom. Science teacher candidates will also take a course specifically for teaching in their discipline. When applying for a Colorado initial teacher license, candidates are required to submit an official copy of their teacher education transcripts.
Step Two: Pass the General Science: Content Knowledge Exam
Colorado science teachers are required to take the Praxis II exam titled General Science: Content Knowledge. Test-takers are given two and half hours to complete this 135-multiple-choice question test. It covers topics from scientific methodology and physical science, to space science and technology. The required score in Colorado for passing this exam is 152.
Step Three: Submit Fingerprints
Teacher candidates will undergo a background check through both the FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). To do this, they should first submit their fingerprints to the CBI.
Step Four: Take Part in an Induction Program
Many school districts in Colorado provide teachers who have an initial license, which is only valid for three years, a chance to receive their professional certification. With professional development opportunities under the guidance of an experienced mentor, those seeking a professional certification can earn an advanced license that is valid for five years.
Link for Future Colorado Science Teachers
The following link will assist with preparing for the General Science: Content Knowledge exam by introducing you to comprehensive study materials.