Urban Teacher Fellowship (UTF)

The Urban Teacher Fellowship (UTF) is an innovative partnership between the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education and Denver Public Schools (DPS). The UTF is a scholarship program within the Teacher Education Program (TEP), and students earn the same credentials as all students in TEP. Fellowships will be awarded to exceptional candidates dedicated to serving in DPS schools.

Para-to-Teacher UTF Program

Current DPS paraprofessionals are eligible to apply for the Fellowship and complete the program in two years while remaining in their role as a paraprofessional in DPS. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree.

Differences Between TEP, UTF, Para-to-Teacher and Educator Interns

Urban Teacher Fellowship (UTF) is a scholarship program. Fellows receive a reduction in DU tuition costs and train in DPS schools. UTF recipients are part of the broader DU Teacher Education Program (TEP) cohort. Para-to-Teacher candidates receive the UTF scholarship and complete the program in two years while working as a paraprofessional in DPS. Para-to-Teacher candidates may be eligible for an Educator Intern position.

The Educator Intern position is a role designed specifically for those developing their teaching skills in Denver Public Schools. This role provides rigorous instructional practice and support to individuals before they lead their own classrooms. Candidates for this position should be enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a teacher preparation program in order to expand their impact on students.

Scholarship Details

General UTF Fellow

This program requires 52 credits total and one to two years to complete. All figures shown are approximate.

  • Fellows are awarded a $16,000 scholarship
  • Total program cost $22,000
  • Fellows receive an additional $3,000 stipend

UTF Paraprofessional Fellow (Two-Year Program)

This program requires 52 credits total and two years to complete. All figures shown are approximate.

  • Year 1 Scholarship: $8,000
  • Year 2 Scholarship: $8,000
  • Total program cost: $22,000

Fellow Benefits

Upon successful completion, all fellows are eligible for:

  • Initial Colorado Teaching License
    • Elementary, Secondary Science, Secondary Math, Secondary English, Secondary Social Studies or Special Education
  • Master’s Degree from the University of Denver
  • Endorsement in Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education
    • Note: Special Education candidates complete endorsement in Special Education only