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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 Education Program 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 two 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.

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.
As a TEP applicant, you are eligible to apply for one of 15 Urban Teacher Fellowships (UTF). These competitive fellowships provide additional financial support and are intended for those students committed to working in one of the high-needs urban schools within the Denver Public School (DPS) district. Ask your admissions counselor about the application process.
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.

The TEP program at the University of Denver is one of the best in the country. According to the 2021 list, U.S. News and World Report ranked the TEP program 18th in the nation for Secondary Education.

Why Study At DU?

There are many reasons to study at the Morgridge College of Education. 100% of our admitted on-campus 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.

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

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Gerardo Muñoz, a Curriculum and Instruction alum, was named the 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year!

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