Boettcher Teachers Program
Commit to 5 years teaching in urban schools and get your teaching license and your master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction, tuition free!
With the support of a year long classroom teaching residency, mentoring, and research-based course work, the Boettcher Teachers Program provides an affordable way for top college graduates, career changers, and those with teaching licenses to become outstanding teachers in and for high-needs, public schools.
For more information, please visit the Boettcher Teachers Program website.
The Boettcher Teachers Program combines the best-known research and practices for teacher recruitment, preparation, induction, and support in high-needs schools. This challenging and intense program, funded by the Boettcher Foundation and in its sixth year of operation, is a hybrid of traditional and alternative graduate level teacher education. It includes a year long classroom teaching residency with a mentor, ongoing master’s level course work, and mentoring and coaching support.
Participants receive a fellowship that pays for the cost of their teacher certification and master’s degree and provides a $10,000 living stipend in year one. These costs are paid for Boettcher Fellows in exchange for a five-year commitment (including the residency year) to teach in approved high priority schools in the program’s partner districts (Mapleton and Adams 12 Five Star Schools).
Teacher certification is earned via the Colorado Department of Education alternative licensure program. The master’s degree is in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in urban education, granted by the University of Denver College of Education.
What makes this program different?
- Combines best research and practice for recruitment, induction and support in urban schools.
- Hybrid of university-based and alternative routes to becoming a teacher.
- Longer classroom teaching residency without compromising academic preparation.
- Theory and practice tightly woven together.
- Preparation in and for an urban context.
- Intensive, differentiated teaching support.
- Boettcher recognition and prestige: attract the best and brightest with fellowship and incentives.
Boettcher Teaching Fellows can seek licensure in these content areas:
- Secondary Mathematics (grades 7-12)
- Secondary Science (grades 7-12)
- K-12 Spanish (high school placement)
- Elementary Education (grades K-6; requires broad liberal arts preparation)
The Boettcher Teachers Program represents a collaboration among the following partners: Boettcher Foundation, Public Education & Business Coalition, University of Denver College of Education, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, and Mapleton Public Schools.
NOTE: Candidates who have already completed a teacher preparation program or who already have teaching licenses ARE encouraged to apply to the program. While some of the course work may be redundant, this is an opportunity to engage in a specialized, mentored teaching residency focusing on the skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed for successful teaching in urban contexts. In addition, the master’s degree is mostly paid for via the Boettcher Fellowship. Candidates who successfully complete the licensure and program requirements are virtually guaranteed teaching jobs in our partner districts’ high priority schools.