About Teacher Cadet in Colorado

Teacher Cadet (TC) is a high school curriculum developed and licensed by the South Carolina Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA). Schools may implement the program by selecting a dynamic, qualified teacher to complete the Colorado summer Teacher Cadet training.

Program Details

  • Year-long elective course
  • Honors course, rigorous, extensive portfolio
  • Admission criteria includes 3.0 GPA, application process, and three teacher recommendations
  • Curriculum and artifacts aligned with the Colorado Teacher Performance Standards and most College Education Foundations (or Introduction to Education) courses
  • Colorado supplements to curriculum include required teacher and fund through the Career & Technical Education Educational Career Cluster
  • Student credit articulation/options to community colleges and universities
  • Training in Colorado is three days, costs approximately $800.00, includes curriculum, start-up resources, Colorado implementation resources, and lunches (college professional development credit available)

Teacher Cadet is an Interactive Program that…

  • Studies growth and development of the learner
  • Examines the historical, social, political, cultural and legal forces that shape education in the US public school system
  • Explores the role of the teacher and philosophy that guides teaching
  • Investigates the Colorado teacher licensure process
  • Provides a six week mini-teaching internship, a professional shadow experience, and observations of learners at all age groups

Mission Statement

The primary goal of the Teacher Cadet Program is to encourage academically able students who possess exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills to consider teaching as a career. An important secondary goal of the Program is to provide these talented future community leaders with insights about teachers and schools so that they will be civic advocates of education.


The South Carolina Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement developed the Teacher Cadet Program in 1985. They have trained educators in more than forty  states. Colorado piloted the program in two high schools in 2001 and has seen the program grow throughout the state. Reimbursement is available through state CTA funds and Carl Perkins Federal funding if the program becomes an approved secondary program through the Colorado Community College System (CCCS).


cadet in classroom