Program Overview

In what subject areas does Denver Teacher Residency prepare aspiring teachers?

  • DTR trains teachers in four different areas: Elementary Education (K-6) in English or Spanish; Special Education (K-12); and Secondary Education (6-12) in Mathematics or Science.

In what grade will I teach as a resident?

  • During the residency year, you will be partnered with a mentor teacher in the area of certification you are pursuing (i.e., those in elementary education partner with a mentor teacher in a K-5 classroom; those in secondary mathematics partner with a mathematics mentor teacher in grades 6-12).

How will I be matched with my DTR mentor teacher?

  • Denver Teacher Residency is responsible for matching residents with mentor teachers and is committed to successful partnerships. Before pairing decisions are made, residents and mentor teachers have the opportunity to meet, interact and provide input in order to facilitate the best possible matches.

What does a typical week look like in the life of a resident?

  • Four days a week are spent in a DPS classroom, learning and teaching alongside a mentor teacher. One full day a week is spent with fellow residents participating in the University of Denver master’s degree seminar. Additionally, one Saturday per month and one weekday evening per week are spent in the DU master’s seminar.

Will all residents receive a job within Denver Public Schools?

  • Residents who successfully complete the residency year will be offered a contract to teach within DPS.

What type of teaching license will I receive?

  • You will receive an Alternative License during your residency year; upon successful completion of the residency year (Program Year 1) you will receive a Colorado Initial Teaching License; and upon successful completion of your second year as a teacher of record (end of Program Year 3) with the district, you will be eligible for recommendation to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to receive a professional license and endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and/or a Special Education.

What other alternative teacher preparation programs are available?

  • University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education: Teacher Education Program (TEP), which is an alternative licensure program from the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education.  For more information visit: Teacher Education Program. Please also see the DTR/TEP comparison chart for additional information on the primary similarities and differences between the two programs.
  • Denver Teach Today, which is also a Denver Public Schools district-based alternative licensure program.  For more information visit: Denver Teach Today.

Information Sessions for the 2016-2017 year

November 17, 2016 @ 6:00 Webinar

January 11, 2017 @5:30 pm - Information Session at DU's Morgridge College of Education

Information Sessions

Info Sessions 2016/17
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Denver University