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DENVER FELLOW RESIDENCY: 2020-2021

Salary: $27,000 per year
Benefits: Medical and dental options

Partnership Overview:

The Denver Fellow Residency is a prestigious program partnered with Relay Graduate School of Education designed for those interested in becoming teachers. It offers an opportunity to get a Colorado Initial Teacher Licensure and a Master of Arts in Teaching while working in Denver Public Schools. Fellow Residents spend the first year of the program working with small groups of students while being supported by an experienced teacher.  They then move into teaching full sized classes in the second year. During both years of the fellowship, Fellow Residents enroll as graduate students at Relay. They receive professional development and coaching from the Relay faculty, and will receive their teacher license at the end of the first year of the program. At the successful conclusion of the two-year residency, Fellow Residents will earn their Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

Relay graduate students begin coursework the summer before the school year begins. Once the school year starts, graduate students attend in-person sessions one evening and one afternoon per week. While students attend classes in-person each month, approximately 40% of the Relay program is completed online. Fellow Residents will engage in intensive training through coursework and deliberate practice with a gradual on-ramp into teaching. Denver Fellow Residents will be eligible for licensure in one of the following endorsement areas: Elementary Education (K-6) or Secondary Math (7-12)

During their first year, Fellow Residents build strong relationships with a cohort of students and leverage those relationships to increase student engagement and achievement. They build individualized lesson plans using provided curriculum and plan activities that help to fill in academic gaps and support grade level instruction. Fellow Residents work with small groups of no more than 4 students at a time. They receive program-wide professional development as well as targeted individual coaching and development. During the second year, graduate students become teachers and lead their own classroom and continue to complete coursework with Relay. They continue to receive observations and feedback from Relay faculty.

Due to our strong partnership, Denver Fellow Residents had the highest satisfaction with Relay out of all preparation partners in Fall 2019!

Education Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Cumulative undergraduate (or Masters, JD, PhD, if applicable) grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (applicants with a G.P.A. between 2.75 and 3.0 may be considered for admission by submitting an additional letter of recommendation that explains their qualifications for admission to Relay)
  • Robust content knowledge, as demonstrated by one of the following:
    •  A major in, or closely related to, the intended teaching field
    • A passing score on the appropriate PLACE or Praxis II Content test. If the candidate has not yet taken the PLACE or Praxis II, they can provide an upcoming test date
    • 24 semester hours of college-level coursework, pursuant to CDE content area worksheet requirements

Tuition and Aid

Relay is committed to ensuring that its programs are affordable. The annual tuition is $10,000* per year. All graduate students are eligible to receive scholarship awards, which significantly reduces tuition to about $4,500 a year. Graduate students are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

*Tuition is subject to change.

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