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NxtGEN Teacher Residency

NxtGEN is an innovative partnership between the University of Colorado Denver and the Denver Public Schools (DPS) which recruits, prepares and supports our next generation of diverse and talented teachers.

If you have a passion for urban education and are interested in teaching early childhood, elementary, special education, or secondary math or science then NxtGEN may be a great fit. Below are the current residency models:

CU Denver’s NxtGEN Teacher Residency Model (Undergraduates)

As a partner in the Student Teacher Residency, we will now have the ability to create an intensive, well-supported four-year approach to creating exceptional DPS educators who have in-depth knowledge, four years of context-specific practice in the district, and a commitment to the schools and children of DPS.

This four-year residency approach includes:

  • Paid, year-long, half-time, paraprofessional internships with significant support and coaching from the university during the first three years of the undergraduate program at CU Denver
  • Comprehensive support for students in the residency to address the academic, social, and emotional needs of diverse, first generation college students
  • Full, final senior year Student Teacher Residency with DPS-specific curriculum.
  • Continual integration of coursework and practical classroom experience supported by world-class faculty working alongside master P-12 teachers and leaders in a nationally accredited program that exceeds expectations.
  • Multiple recruitment pipelines for local talent with flexible entry including high school graduates, community college transfer students, and current paraprofessionals
  • Licensure options: Elementary and Secondary (Math & Science)

*CU Denver will provide instruction and coursework for all candidates in the NxtGENTeacher Residency.

CU Denver is committed to preparing highly effective, results-focused educators who are deeply invested in student achievement and success and will act with a sense of urgency to support equity in education for all children. Our graduates are champion educators in Colorado with advanced knowledge about state and national trends and are intellectually equipped to make important decisions based on a thorough understanding of children’s learning, their cultural and community assets, and effective methods of teaching in urban and diverse schools.

CU-Denver has been partnering with DPS for more than twenty years to create practice-rich approaches to preparing teachers for the district.

To apply please fill out the application.

For additional information or help filling out the application, please contact us:

Funded by the Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program, Denver Public Schools and the University of Colorado Denver.


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