These questions are designed to provide you with key information about the Student Teacher Residency program and the application process.


What is the Student Teacher Residency?

The Student Teacher Residency (STR) is the first program of its kind in any city to unite a school system and university partners to provide an intensive residency experience for students in their final year of college. The aims of STR are to better support and train new teachers in an effort to better prepare them for Denver Public Schools (DPS) classrooms, leading ot more successful new teachers and increased teacher retention. During the residency, student teachers will work directly with a veteran DPS teacher for the year, receiving critical support, mentorship and feedback during their senior year of college. After a year of being a full-time resident teacher, student teachers will graduate and receive priority hiring status for a full-time job in DPS.

STR is modeled after the proven success of Denver Teacher Residency (DTR), a program that provides a pipeline for professionals in other industries to pursue a career in teaching while earning a master’s degree from the University of Denver. Through DTR, Denver Public Schools has hired 205 teachers to teach in hard-to-fill teaching positions such as math, special education and English-language acquisition. The program has demonstrated strong results, with DTR teachers outperforming novice teachers year-over-year, which is why DPS believes this format for teacher preparation will have a positive impact on the success of college students preparing to become teachers.


Who is eligible to apply?

To apply, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • You are currently enrolled in a partner university’s (MSU Denver or CU Denver) teacher preparation program
  • You have a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • You have demonstrated a passing score on the appropriate PLACE or Praxis test (paper-based or computer-based tests are accepted)
  • You can demonstrate fluency in Spanish (if applying for Elementary Bilingual Education in Spanish /ELA-S)
  • You can obtain a recommendation from a Dean or Faculty Advisor to participate in the program after you submit your Statement of Interest


How can I apply?

Please refer to the following application and admissions timeline for the 2015-2016 year:

  • Speak with your Faculty Advisor or Dean to let them know you are interested in applying for the program and to request their recommendation (which will be sent to them upon completion of the next step).
  • Complete and submit your Statement of Interest online by selecting “Apply Now.”
  •  All application materials must be received by the application deadline in order to be considered.
    • The final application deadline is March 1, 2016.
  • Selected applicants will be invited to participate in a demonstration day, which includes additional screening activities, including an interview.

For additional information about the program, the application process and timeline, and qualifications, contact Student Teacher Residency at 720-423-1239.


What is the financial structure of Student Teacher Residency?

These financial incentives will be available to residents during residency year:

  • Residents may be offered a stipend
  • Residents may be eligible to apply for TEACH Grant and AmeriCorps during the residency year





This program is looking for candidates who have demonstrated strong performance in their coursework leading up to student teaching and who are deeply committed to working with Denver’s children in the city’s classrooms. While the Residency year is rigorous and intense, candidates will be fully prepared for the challenges faced by novice teachers.

Information Sessions:

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