Frequently Asked Questions

Cancellation Policy: 

Should a campus or hotel closure require the cancellation of a program, full refunds of the program fee will be given. For participants who voluntarily withdraw, refunds will be made according to the refund policy and schedule below. 

The registration fee will be refunded 50% for cancellations made prior to the deadline dates listed below. Cancellations after these dates will receive no refund.

  • Winter programs (December, January, February) – December 8, 2023
  • Spring programs (March, April, May) – February 16. 2024
  • Summer programs (June, July, August) – May 17, 2024
  • Fall programs (September, October, November) – August 16, 2024

Program Attendance

Yes, participants are expected to attend all scheduled sessions of the program. Participants who miss any sessions will not be eligible to receive stipends, nor will they be able to receive the graduate credits.

Participants are expected to attend all days even if they have previously attended a One Day session on one or more of the units.

No. Everyone who participates in FTE programs is expected to be present for the entire program. Participants must be in attendance at all sessions to be eligible for university credit and stipends. Please plan your travel and your schedule accordingly. 

If you leave early or do not attend all scheduled sessions, you will be ineligible to receive the optional graduate credit and fail to receive your course completion certificate. You will also be ineligible to receive any stipends.

Wait lists are kept for some, but not all site locations. Please reach out to Mollie Verdoorn at mverdoorn@fte.org to find out if your program of interest is maintaining a wait list prior to submitting your registration.

There are two types of stipends available for FTE teacher programs – participation and commuter stipends. Not all programs will offer stipends, however when offered, the residential participation stipend is $600 and the commuter stipend is $150. 

To earn an available participation stipend, participants must attend and actively participate in all sessions. There is no need to apply for the participant stipend. 

Commuter stipends are available for local participants who commute to the program site each day of the program (not staying onsite). To earn an available commuter stipend, participants must attend and actively participate in all sessions.

Program Details

The registration fee is $200. Included in this registration fee is room (single occupancy), some meals, and program materials. 

Transportation to and from the program site, including all expenses associated with travel, are the responsibility of the participant. 

Please note that you must submit your registration payment before you are considered officially enrolled; completing the online registration form without payment does not guarantee your spot.

You are welcome to bring a spouse or family member to share your room; however, all program sessions and meal functions are for participants only. FTE will cover the cost of a single room. 

If you wish to stay additional nights in the hotel, please contact Lisa Chang at lchang@fte.org to find out about availability and cost.

Participants stay in dormitories on the campus of their program site in a single occupancy room. Dorm rooms are most often a traditional set up, with a communal bathroom down the hall. If the site you have chosen has a different set up (i.e. suite style), you will be notified in the orientation information that will be provided about four weeks before the start of the program. Dorm rooms will include a bed, closet, desk and chair. Linens are provided for the week and include a set of sheets, blanket, pillow and pillowcase, as well as a bath towel and hand towel. We encourage participants to bring a sweatshirt or sweater, as air-conditioned dorms can become cool at night (and sometimes individual rooms do not have their own thermostat). You’re also welcome to bring extra towels or blankets if you wish. 

Additional items such as fans and refrigerators are not included in the dorm rooms. If you have a medical reason for such an item, please contact Haley Sisler at hsisler@fte.org to inform her of the situation as early as possible and see what accommodations might be made. 

Because of campus restrictions, we cannot allow non-participant guests, such as spouses or friends, to stay in the dorms with program participants.


Graduate Credit through UCCS

Information on graduate credits through the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs will be provided before the start of the course.

Yes, in addition to being in attendance at all program sessions, those taking the program for credit must choose two lessons from the curricula to teach in their classrooms and submit a short analysis of the teaching. This is to be done within 2 months after the end of the program.