Teacher Preparation Programs DTR MA

Teacher Preparation Programs
Teacher Preparation Programs DTR MA

Our innovative Denver Teacher Residency (DTR) Master’s program is a collaborative partnership between the Denver Public Schools (DPS) district and Morgridge College of Education. Our goal is to help you become an exceptional teacher, through meaningful work that has a lasting impact on you and the students you serve.

You will spend a full academic year training and teaching in urban, high-needs classrooms in DPS. This hands-on approach will prepare you to meet the changing needs of a culturally and developmentally diverse student population, and serve as a leader in Denver’s schools.

During a 12-month period that starts in the summer and continues through the following spring, you will earn a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction. At the same time, you will be working as a teacher resident, partnering with a highly qualified teacher who will serve as your mentor. You have the opportunity to work with diverse populations of students (English language learners and students with learning challenges). Whether it be in an elementary or secondary classroom, well trained teachers are needed to close the opportunity gap for students in our urban schools!

You will be in a DPS classroom four days a week. Watch a short video to learn about DPS’ vision of the classroom. You can also learn more at the DTR website.


You will need to complete 52-quarter credit hours and a residency in a Denver Public Schools elementary or secondary classroom.

Licensure and endorsements

Upon completion of your degree, you will be able to apply for a Colorado Initial Teacher License from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). You can apply based on your area of specialization, including:

  • Elementary (K–6, English or Spanish)
  • Secondary Science (6–12)
  • Secondary Math (6–12)

You will also be eligible to apply for an endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLD) from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).

NOTE: If you plan to attend the University of Denver with a student visa, view important information about licensure


12 months or four quarters (beginning in the summer quarter and finishing the following spring quarter)

Upon graduation Denver Teacher Residents are considered high priority candidates for teaching positions in Denver Public Schools.

As part of our financial incentive package, students of the program will receive a stipend during the year of the program. By committing to an additional four years of teaching in a high needs DPS school after your residency, you will receive additional financial incentives.


Department Chair
Dr. Cynthia Hazel
303-871-2961, KRH 256

Teacher Education Coordinator
Mayumi Beckelheimer
303-871-2314, KRH 307

Admissions Contact
303-871-2509, KRH 110
Office Hours: By appointment only

Additional Information

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