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Urban Community Teacher Education

The Urban Community Teacher Education program uniquely prepares undergraduate and graduate students to learn and lead in the dynamic world of urban education as they impact educational outcomes among children and adolescents from culturally and economically diverse urban backgrounds.

What sets us apart?

Community focus. This program views teacher education as inseparable from community engagement. We prepare teachers who are not just caring, competent and committed, but who understand the importance of engaging with their school's community. Research shows that children learn more effectively if their teachers are aware of, respect, and use the community's cultural and intellectual resources.

Meaningful, long-standing collaborations give graduates a real advantage. Our Professional Development School (PDS) Network is a result of over 20 years of close partnership with six Denver Metro Area school districts. In PDS classrooms, you will live the life of a teacher every week, immersed in real-world experiences while being mentored by practicing teachers and CU Denver faculty. The schools and their districts often provide job offers to many of our graduates.

Learning in personalized, closely-connected cohorts. You’ll experience a mix of face-to-face and innovative online learning with peers and expert faculty. This structure provides support, more flexibility and relevant networking that will last well into your teaching career.

A world-renowned university with a nationally-recognized model of teacher education. The University of Colorado Denver is a vibrant, intellectual research community situated in the heart of downtown Denver. The excellence of this program is recognized by national organizations and peers and reflected in multimillion dollar grants that are awarded to the faculty of this program.

We have undergraduate and graduate licensure pathways in elementary, secondary and special education. For graduate students, completion of the licensure program helps you transition seamlessly into an abbreviated master’s degree with various options.

I am seeking a bachelor's degree and teaching license

I HAVE a bachelor's degree and am seeking a teaching license and possibly a master's degree

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