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University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver


For more than 25 years, the University of Colorado, Denver, has been working closely with area schools to create a proven teacher residency program that supports your development by building teams of dedicated education professionals. Further, because of the program’s urban location and partnerships in rural Colorado across the state as well as an emphasis on teaching in diverse contexts, graduates are ready to lead and make a difference in any classroom, in any district. You will get hands-on teaching experience from the beginning of your program in carefully selected partner schools and ultimately experience a full-year student teaching residency so that you can live the life of a teacher.


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  • Denver, CO

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I absolutely love the program at CU Denver. I truly feel as though I've flourished.

Breanna Gutierrez

University of Colorado Denver


Bachelor’s & licensure

TPREP Undergraduate Rural Residency BA Program

  • 24 months

    Program Duration

  • Hybrid

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


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Program Info

The TPREP Undergraduate Rural Residency BA program prepares you for a unique career as a rural teacher without leaving your current rural community. Currently available in various rural areas in Colorado, students can remain in their community and begin by attending the local community colleges of Otero College, Trinidad State College, or Northeast Junior College for the first two years and then the last two years, all of the CU Denver coursework is taught locally or online (with the vast majority of classes being delivered locally in face-to-face settings). This residency-style preparation program offers you multiple and deep experiences in the schools starting in freshman year that build toward a final, full-time residency year in one of several rural partner districts. You’ll learn best practices from dedicated teachers, school administrators and award-winning faculty in residency programs perfected and proven over more than 25 years of ongoing work with partner schools. Deep preparation and community connections help our graduates stand out. They are recognized as among the most prepared in the nation to support diverse languages, cultures and abilities in schools.  This program can also support part-time or full-time para-educators in local rural partner schools. 

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Deadlines

    Program Start

  • Jul. 31, 2024

  • Dec. 31, 2024

  • May 31, 2025


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Application Fee & Annual Tuition

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  • $9,333

    In State Tuition

  • $50

    Application Fee

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$4,000 - $10,000

Grants, Stipends, Scholarships

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Licensure Areas

Early Childhood Education (Birth-8)
Elementary Education (K-6)
Mathematics Middle School (6-8)
Science (7-12)
Special Education (K-12)

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