Teacher Preparation Programs

Teacher Preparation Programs
Program Information

Motivate, guide, and inspire future generations.

More than almost any other profession, teaching provides the opportunity to make a significant, tangible difference in the world.

Pursue teacher licensure and a master’s degree through our Teacher Preparation Programs in the Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences. Our programs are renowned for their rigorous coursework, dedicated faculty and staff, and individualized support. They also offer extensive fieldwork opportunities, where you will be able to put your knowledge to work in culturally and linguistically diverse K–12 schools.

Master’s Degree and Teacher Licensure Programs

We offer three program options, all of which lead to a Colorado Initial Teacher License and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. If you are interested in pursuing licensure without a master’s degree the TEP program provides a certificate option.

While our programs vary, they all have one goal: to train you not only as a teacher, but as a leader. You’ll carry these leadership skills with you throughout your career, whether you’re teaching in K–12 schools or continuing your education to become a school principal or policy administrator.

Denver Teacher Residency Program (DTR Masters)
This innovative program focuses on developing exceptional teachers. You will spend a full academic year training and teaching in urban, high-needs classrooms in the Denver Public Schools (DPS) district. You will get financial incentives if you continue teaching in DPS after your one-year residency.
Teacher Education Program (TEP Masters) 
TEP offers an intensive, integrated, professional preparation experience. As an apprentice teacher, you will be in one field placement for the entire academic year, with a gradual release of teaching responsibility over the year. You can pursue a master’s degree and licensure within this program, or just licensure.
Dual Undergraduate-Graduate Degree in Teacher Education Program (TEP Dual) 
Get your undergraduate degree, master’s degree, and teaching licensure in five years. You begin the program pursuing an undergraduate degree in an area of your choosing. You will start graduate coursework (toward a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction) in your fourth year, and licensure coursework the summer after your fourth year.

View this detailed comparison chart to compare our DTR Masters and TEP Masters programs. You can also get a high-level overview of these two teacher preparation programs.

Why Study At DU

There are many reasons to study at the Morgridge College of Education. 100% of our admitted students receive financial aid. Our job placement rate for graduating students is outstanding. Our programs are exceptional and nationally recognized. Our faculty serve in a multitude of leadership positions within professional organizations and on editorial boards and are nationally recognized scholars. Beyond these reasons, you will find that there is no better place to live than Denver.

Take the light rail directly from DU to downtown where you can enjoy amazing restaurants, sporting events, and nightlife or take a short drive west for spectacular mountain scenery and recreation. There are plenty of options to make your time at DU even more fulfilling.

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