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. In addition to the general Urban Teacher Fellowship, there is another pathway to the fellowship for current DPS paraprofessionals.
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.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TEP, UTF, PARA-TO-TEACHER, AND EDUCATOR INTERN?
Urban Teacher Fellows (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 in this role should be enrolled, or are planning to enroll in a teacher preparation program in order to expand their impact on students.
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 and Linguistically Diverse Education
- Note: Special Education candidates complete endorsement in Special Education only
Scholarship details – this is a close estimation and not exact cost
Coursework Details and Timeline
WHAT ARE NEXT STEPS?
Apply! Prospective UTF participants will apply to UTF through MCE’s Teacher Education Program (TEP). In your TEP application, please select that you are applying to the Urban Teacher Fellowship and answer the corresponding questions.