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Urban Community Teacher Education Program

Urban Community Teacher Education Program

University of Colorado Denver’s Urban Community Teacher Education (UCTE) 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 backgrounds.

What Sets Us Apart?
  • Yearlong structured clinical internships in CU Denver’s Professional Development School network to ensure ongoing support and personalized coaching by faculty and master teachers while gaining extensive practical experience. Our network of schools is the result of more than 20 years of close partnership with six Denver metro area school districts. The schools and districts often provide job offers to many of our graduates.
  • 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 the school’s community to support each student’s success.
  • Collaborative cohort framework allowing students opportunities to establish strong professional relationships, interacting with peers, mentor teachers and university faculty to enrich coursework, clinical experiences, research and professional career advice.
  • A dynamic curriculum designed to build the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to teach all learners that includes personalized learning, English language learners, cultural and global proficiencies, and innovative approaches to education.

Cindy Gutierrez, Director of Partnerships
Richard Argys, Senior Instructor
Nancy Commins, Clinical Professor
Lori Elliot, Clinical Associate Professor
Antwan Jefferson, Clinical Assistant Professor
Jarrod Hanson, Senior Instructor
Cheryl Matias, Assistant Professor
John McDermott, Senior Instructor
Maria Uribe, Senior Instructor
Kara Mitchell Viesca, Assistant Professor

Meet UCTE alumni Carolina Mendez and Claudia Cardenas, who work at Goldrick Elementary School in Denver Public Schools. See page 8 of our alumni magazine.

For additional information contact:
Academic Services,, 303-315-6300

CU Denver School of Education &
Human Development

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