What is NxtGEN?

NxtGEN is an innovative teacher preparation pathway with a strong focus on diversifying the teacher workforce. It develops undergraduates into highly competent teachers who possess the knowledge and skills needed to serve students of diverse languages, cultures and abilities in urban and rural classrooms. The program hits a sweet spot, often attracting individuals who are interested in returning to their home communities to teach. Graduates earn a BA, a Colorado teacher’s license and elementary teacher candidates also earn a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement. To date, the program has prepared 124 teachers for high-needs Colorado schools. The pathway is designed in close partnerships with Aurora Public Schools, Denver Public Schools, Jefferson County School District, and St. Vrain School District.

 

Interested in NxtGEN but not sure where to start?

Fill out the interest form below or contact us at NxtGEN@UCDenver.edu.

NxtGEN Wraparound Supports 

To make the most of your academic experience, you’ll want to take advantage of the many individualized, wraparound supports that NxtGEN offers through the SEHD Success Center. They are designed to develop deep relationships within the NxtGEN student body and to enhance your approach to navigating a successful university journey. Students know they can come to the Success Center and talk to the Center’s Success Coaches about anything and be supported in a variety of ways. 

  • Academic support
  • Individualized tutoring
  • Paid early field experiences in teaching as a paraeducator intern 
  • Empowering cohort meetings 
  • Financial aid/scholarships 
  • Interview support for getting a permanent job in a school district 
  • Peer Mentoring
  • One-on-one support meetings 
  • Paid residency year internships in some districts 
  • Socioemotional support 
  • Time management 
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Application Support

Our friends at TEACH Colorado have free tools and resources to make applying to our program—and becoming a classroom teacher—easier! Create an account today and immediately access:

  • An interactive application checklist to keep you on track
  • $100 fee reimbursement towards application and testing expenses
  • 1-on-1 expert advice for any question along the way
  • How-to guides for eligibility, applications, testing and finances
  • A chance to win a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition