Pathways to Teaching in Denver Public Schools

Denver Public Schools is invested in cultivating a teacher workforce that is diverse and well-prepared to meet the needs of our students. Whether you have previous teaching experience or are just beginning to consider becoming a classroom teacher, DPS has opportunities and partnerships to support you in joining Team DPS from traditional teacher preparation experience, non-traditional programs, and a home-grown approach to support our students and other support staff in becoming our future teachers, DPS is committed to developing a strong teacher pipeline. Teachers who are developed with a strong support systems as early as in their preservice years are better prepared for their novice teaching years. We believe that lengthening the runway for novice teachers will more likely become better faster, stay longer, and have a greater impact on student outcomes by immersing themselves in the DPS culture with DPS students.

  • If you are interested in becoming a teacher in DPS, go to Teacher Preparation Opportunities

  • If you are a paraprofessional and are interested in becoming a teacher, go to Paraprofessional to Teacher Programs

  • If you are student teacher/ resident and have a placement in DPS, go to Student Teaching/Resident in DPS

Teacher Preparation Opportunities

Denver Public Schools has partnered with several traditional and non-traditional teacher preparation programs to offer a wide variety of teacher pathways to help you find the best fit to become a successful teacher.

No matter which route you take, you can choose from several programs at local institutions that will prepare you to become a teacher.

What to Look For in a Teacher Preparation Program:

A quality teacher preparation program will integrate recent research, theory and best practices to meet the educational needs of school districts. It will also provide a curriculum that recognizes the:

  • Multicultural composition of the population served.

  • Centrality of standards-based education.

  • Role of schools in society.

  • Importance of existing knowledge about teaching and learning.

  • Role of technology in instruction.

Paraprofessional to Teacher Programs

The New Teacher Pathways & Development team is here to support you in making these important decisions as you embark on a career in Denver Public Schools. Please contact if you have questions or require additional assistance.

Student Teaching / Resident in DPS

I am enrolled in a teacher preparation program (traditional student teaching or residency program)

Welcome to Denver Public Schools! We are thrilled to have you complete your preservice teaching experience as part of Team DPS! Everything you need to becoming a part of a DPS school community is included here. Please reach out to with any questions.

If you have been selected by your teacher preparation program and have confirmed placement in Denver Public Schools, please begin your application and onboarding by following these steps.

  1. Click here to complete and submit the Denver Public Schools Preservice Teacher application

  2. Within 36 business hours, you will receive notification of the next steps:

    1. Schedule an appointment to complete onboarding, including DPS fingerprints, ID badge and school access card

    2. Invitation to attend a Preservice Teacher Orientation where you will learn about DPS expectations and processes  

    3. DPS systems access – DPS email, DPS Google, Infinite Campus

  3. Complete the CDE Fingerprint guidelines

  4. You are encouraged to apply to become a DPS Guest (Substitute) Teacher during your preservice teaching experience in DPS to support your mentor teacher and classroom students. Please complete the following steps to receive authorization.

    1. Complete and submit the DPS Daily Substitute/ Guest Teacher Application

    2. You must complete the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), the One-Year Substitute Authorization (or Three-Year Substitute

      1. Begin your One-Year Substitute Authorization by completing this One-Year Sub Verification Form and email it to as soon as possible for an approved signature

      2. Complete and submit this One-Year Substitute Authorization CDE Application to become certified by the state. If you have completed a bachelor’s degree you may apply for the Three-Year Substitute Authorization

      3. The CDE will also require fingerprints as part of the One-Year Substitute Authorization. For more information visit and schedule your appointment as soon as possible

  5. Be on the lookout! Throughout the year DPS will email you links to surveys not only to learn about how you’re doing in your field experience, but also to get a pulse on how we are doing as a district in providing support and preparation to teachers in training. You will also receive information about hiring preparation and workshops as well as hiring job fair notifications!