Denver Public Schools: Denver Teacher Residency

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About Us

Widely recognized today as one of the best urban school systems in the country, Denver Public Schools (DPS) serves the residents of the City and County of Denver, Colorado. The Denver Teacher Residency (DTR) is an innovative teacher preparation program within DPS built on the belief that all of our students deserve to have an exemplary teacher.

With this belief in mind, DTR is an alternative route into teaching based on a year-long residency with a DPS master teacher. Upon completion of the residency year, candidates earn a teaching certificate and a commitment for a teaching position in a high-needs DPS school. In exchange for a five-year commitment—year one being a residency year—DTR offers not only the experience and practice of a year-long residency, but also complete tuition reimbursement for a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education.

By providing a rich combination of experience and education, our program seeks to provide aspiring educators from various backgrounds, an opportunity to learn the principles, pedagogy, culture, and classroom practices necessary to become highly effective teachers in Denver Public Schools.

DTR residents will:

  • Make a difference in the lives of students attending Denver's highest-needs public schools
  • Obtain a teaching job within DPS, an urban school district committed to becoming one of the country's leaders in education excellence
  • Earn a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education
  • Receive a teaching license in elementary education and be prepared to earn an additional endorsement in Linguistically Diverse Education and/or Special Education