Financial Structure

An Affordable Way into Teaching.
Joining Denver Teacher Residency is a big commitment. That’s why the program is equally committed to making your journey into teaching affordable and attainable. DTR offers a generous stipend during your residency year as well as full tuition reimbursement upon successful completion of the program.

  • Stipend: During your residency year, receive a training stipend of $10,000 for ELA-E or Special Education content areas, or $20,000 for ELA-S, Secondary Math, or Secondary Science content areas*.  This stipend is disbursed in 10 monthly payments. The amount of the stipend is determined by the District’s hardest to staff teaching areas.

*stipend subject to change

  • Degree Discount: You pay approximately $28,000 for the entire master’s degree (University of Denver has discounted typical tuition rates by 50% for DTR residents).
  • Competitive Salary: As a full-time teacher of record in Denver Public Schools (DTR years 2-5) you earn a competitive salary as defined by ProComp, the district’s groundbreaking pay-for-results salary structure ($38,000-$41,000 starting salary with the potential to earn up to an additional $6,560 in bonuses for achieving student growth objectives, serving in a hard-to-staff position and/or a hard-to-serve school).
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Receive full tuition reimbursement through key federal- and district-based sources including, but not limited to:
    • Year 1 – AmeriCorps 900-hour service term ($2,363) and TEACH Grant ($4,000)
    • Year 2 – ELA Academy apprenticeship stipend ($2,000)
    • Years 2-5 – ProComp payment for professional development ($4,000); DTR reimbursement of tuition costs not met through other means
  • Health Care: You will have access to health-care benefits through the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education.

Get Rewarded for Great Teaching.
All new teachers in Denver Public Schools are automatically enrolled in ProComp, a landmark, merit-based teacher pay plan that uses incentive opportunities to reward outstanding work. Diverse performance incentives are connected to everything from where and what you teach to results with your students.

A first-year teacher can earn up to $6,560 in ProComp incentives and salary increases for completing professional development, teaching in a hard-to-serve position and/or a hard-to-staff school and tuition reimbursement. For more information on how ProComp works, click here.

For more information on DTR’s Financial Structure, please see our FAQ section.

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