April 06, 2016

The State of Colorado is about to turn the tables on some of its teachers, a move that could put them on the other side of the desk. As we see it, this may present an opportunity for you, dear reader.

By the fall of 2017, Colorado high school instructors who teach college-level classes will be required to hold a master’s degree in their subject area.

While mastery of one’s subject seems like a reasonable and intuitive requirement, the new rule could make it difficult for schools to sustain college-level participation. Approximately one quarter of public high school juniors and seniors currently take college courses* – commonly referred to as dual enrollment classes.

Meanwhile, the optimists among us see this as an opportunity. Because many school districts prize their dual enrollment curricula, teachers with appropriate degrees are likely to find themselves in demand.

Consider too the other benefits graduate degrees are known to confer. You’ll have a deeper appreciation of your subject matter which will benefit your students and optimize learning in the classroom. You’ll also enjoy better career opportunities, not to mention the very real possibility of a higher salary.

Acting on this requirement now could make you a prized commodity – even in districts you previously considered out of reach.

We’re prepared to help you seize this opportunity. You can even design your own M.A. degree to tailor your studies to your unique educational goals. Talk to an admissions counselor or start your application to really get the ball rolling.

*Source: Colorado Department Of Higher Education http://highered.colorado.gov/Publications/Reports/Enrollment/FY2014/2014_Concurrent_Enrollment_Sep_2015.pdf