If you’re interested in becoming a teacher, have a bachelor's degree, but don’t have a teaching degree, there are several alternative paths into Denver Public Schools. Each program combines practical teaching experience with an instructional education to prepare you to become a teacher and earn your teaching license.

The decision to pursue a teaching career takes place at various stages of one’s life and understanding the pathways to obtain a teacher’s license is critical to choosing the right one. Alternative programs leverage life experience and diverse backgrounds to cultivate quality teachers who can help raise student achievement.

Please review the links below for a more detailed description of these options to determine which program best fits you:

Denver Teach Today (DTT) is a rigorous alternative licensure pathway into Denver Public Schools for career changers and recent college graduates. DTT will prepare aspiring teachers for positions in hard-to-serve schools and teaching high-needs subject areas like math, special education and bilingual elementary education. A signature feature of the program, the Denver Teach Today Pre-service Training Institute, will immerse participants in a five-week orientation where they will teach and observe in a DPS summer program, as well as participate in intensive professional development aligned with the DPS Framework for Effective Teaching. DTT will annually refresh our teaching pipeline with 25-30 new, highly qualified, outstanding, committed teachers from non-traditional backgrounds who are prepared to help close the achievement gap and help ensure that every child succeeds.

Denver Teach Today will launch in the summer of 2013. Click here to RSVP for the Alternative Pathways Information Session. To apply, please visit the Denver Teach Today website. For more information, please contact Madda Evenson.

Denver Teacher Residency (DTR)

The highly-selective DTR program offers an alternative route into a teaching through a strategic combination of clinical classroom experience in urban, high-needs DPS elementary schools. The program features a year-long apprenticeship alongside a skilled DPS Lead Teacher, master's level coursework at the University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education, and a curriculum designed specifically by and for DPS, in exchange for a 5-year commitment working in DPS high-needs schools. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree; career changers and bilingual English-Spanish candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Teach for America (TFA)

TFA is the nation’s largest provider of teachers for low-income communities and a national corps of 17,000 outstanding recent college graduates and professionals of all academic majors and career interests. Candidates commit two years to teach in urban public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. This year, a corps of 56 of the nation’s most promising future leaders are teaching in our city’s lowest-income classrooms as a part of Teach For America Denver.