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Teaching Pathway

Pathways to Teaching gives aspiring teachers a head start with P-TEACH.

Student teacher leading a class

Pathways to Teaching (P-TEACH) is a program designed to give high school students interested in a career in education a head start.

Through P-TEACH, students enrolled in the program earn college credits for real-world experience with exposure to specialized subjects such as special education, STEM, early childhood, and cultural awareness. Students also attend classes through FutureForward (our CTE program) and graduate from high school with college credits under their belt from the University of Colorado Denver. 

Four education pathways will be made available through the program. These pathways allow students to pick an area to specialize in, giving them first-hand experience in an education area of their choosing.

  1. Elementary Education
  2. STEM
  3. Early Childhood Education
  4. Special Education

Growing our Own Educators

For more information:

Bianca Porter
Teaching Pathways Administrator, P-TEACH Coordinator

RocAnn Smith 
FutureForward P-TEACH Counselor

Or contact your high school counselor for more information.

How do I get started?

If you are interested in becoming an educator or exploring courses that will allow you to spend time in pre-k -12 classrooms to learn more about what teaching looks and sounds like, the P-TEACH program allows you to engage in work-based learning through internships, field experiences and college courses that provide practical knowledge, skills and understanding of the teaching profession. The P-TEACH high school program is set to launch in the spring 2024, and will continue to expand course offerings in the semesters and years to come. 

Students as early as tenth grade are eligible to participate in an education specific internship in the P-TEACH pathway of their choice. Internship opportunities are individualized to match the interests of students. Internships can range from pre-k, elementary, secondary, music, art and special education. This course will be offered during the fall and spring semesters every year starting the fall of 2024. 

Students in grades 11 and 12 can register for P-TEACH courses and gain concurrent enrollment credit through CU Denver tuition free. Students can earn upwards of 24 college credits by the end of their senior year. 

P-TEACH Pipeline

P-TEACH Pipeline