CU Denver offers a pathway to initial licensure at the undergraduate level, through face-to-face courses offered in partnership with Otero College and Trinidad State College.

Partnership with Otero College and Trinidad State College

The University of Colorado Denver has partnered with two Colorado rural community colleges to create innovative pathways to a bachelor’s degree that can be completed in its entirety at the community college. We currently have partnerships with Otero College in La Junta and the other with Trinidad State College in Trinidad and Alamosa.

The teacher preparation partnership brings together a top public urban research university and prestigious rural colleges to provide an affordable four-year pathway to teacher licensure locally in La Junta, Trinidad or Alamosa. After successful completion of the four-year program, participants will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Human Development and a teaching license from CU Denver. The following licenses are available in these two partnership pathways:

  • Otero College Licensure Pathways: Elementary Education, Middle School Mathematics, Secondary Science and Special Education
  • Trinidad State College Licensure Pathways: Elementary Education (Trinidad), Early Childhood Education (Alamosa)

The program prepares students with an education that is rooted in best practices and a strong commitment to working in rural communities. Hands on learning opportunities are incorporated throughout, including early field trainings and a full year of teaching experience in a local classroom.

We encourage you to sign up to receive additional information!

For more information about OC programs visit their website.
For more information about TSC programs visit their website.

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.