PEBC Teacher Residency Program Questions

Program Overview

The PEBC Teacher Residency is teacher preparation pathway through alternative licensure. Residents are trained and supported by expert instructors and coaches who are committed to their success. Whether you’re a recent graduate or career changer, the residency experience sets the standard for teacher preparation and offers a unique pathway to transition careers.

High Priority Resident Practices

High Priority Resident Practices represent the values PEBC holds in teacher development and have been crosswalked with the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards, InTASC, Core Dispositions and Teaching Works High-Leverage Practices:

  • Cultivating teacher identity and agency
  • Supporting students across their social, emotional and academic needs
  • Designing and implementing high-quality lessons aligned to standards relevant to district, school and content needs
  • Designing and implementing appropriate measures of student growth


Placement Options (Regions & Content Areas)

Applicants may choose to teach in one of our Colorado regions:

  • Denver Metro
  • Northwest (Eagle County)
  • San Luis Valley
  • Southwest

They may also choose the content area they’d like to teach:

  • Early Childhood Education (Ages: Birth to 8)
  • Elementary (Grades: K to 6)
  • Secondary (Grades: 6 to 12): English, Math, Science and Social Studies
  • Want to teach a non-core subject? Contact us to find out about additional placement options.
Partner Districts and Schools

The PEBC Teacher Residency partners with a variety of school types across Colorado including private, charter and traditional public schools. Below is a list of our current school district partners:

Denver Metro:

  • 27-J Schools
  • Adams 12 Five Star Schools
  • Aurora Public Schools
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Graland Country Day School (Independent)
  • Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Mapleton Public Schools
  • SOAR (Charter)
  • Stanley British Primary School (Independent)

Northwest Colorado:

  • Eagle County Schools

San Luis Valley:

  • Alamosa School District
  • Centennial School District
  • Center Consolidated School District
  • Moffat Consolidated School District #2
  • Monte Vista School District
  • Mountain Valley School District
  • North Conejos School District
  • Sangre De Cristo School District
  • Sierra Grande School District

Southwest Colorado:

  • Archuleta School District
  • Bayfield School District
  • Dolores School District
  • Dolores County School District
  • Durango School District 9-R
  • Ignacio School District
  • Mancos School District
  • Montezuma-Cortez School District
  • Silverton School District


Program Timeline

Residents begin their training the summer before their residency year at Summer Institute. Summer Institute provides space for community building, identity development and introductory learning around topics such as classroom management and learning standards.

Following Summer Institute, residents are invited to begin setting up their classroom with their mentor teacher and attending school and district professional development in preparation for the first day of school.

After spending one year in the classroom working side-by-side with a mentor teacher and completing licensure coursework, residents are eligible to apply for their Initial Colorado Teacher’s License and will begin receiving differentiated post-residency support from our field coaches.

Mentor Selection

Mentor teachers are individuals that have been nominated by their principals to support the training of resident teachers. Mentors receive professional development and attend monthly seminars to support their coaching skills. For more information about becoming a mentor or to nominate a mentor, contact our Director of Urban Residency or our Director of Rural Residency.

Service Agreement

Program participants are asked to sign a service agreement. This agreement includes completing the one-year residency program and committing to working in the field of education for two more years. In return, PEBC commits to providing you with five years of differentiated professional development.

Program Costs

Deposit Information

Program Participants are responsible for payment of a non-refundable $500 deposit. This deposit is required to secure enrollment in the program and is due within 30 days of acceptance.

Scholarship & Program Fees

Program Participants will each receive a $5,000 scholarship.

Program Participants are also responsible for a $3,500 program fee. This will be automatically deducted from the program scholarship.


Program Scholarship – $5,000

Program Fee  – $3,500

Total Scholarship Paid to Participant = $1,500


Scholarship Payment Plan

Program Participants will receive three scholarship payments during the residency year .

October 1, 2020 – $500

December 1, 2020 – $500

March 15, 2021 – $500

Application Questions

Application Deadlines

The Recruitment & Admissions team has guided application deadlines but operates on a rolling admission basis. The sooner you complete your application, the sooner we’ll be able to review it.

Guided Deadlines:


General application requirements include the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university. Individuals having obtained a degree from a foreign country will need to have their transcripts evaluated by a NACES member.
  • Average 3.0 GPA from last degree conferred
  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident or legally able to work in the U.S.
Core Dispositions

The PEBC Teacher Residency’s screening process includes an application review, phone interview and final interview. The residency core dispositions are used throughout the evaluation process:

  • Learning Orientation/Reflectiveness
  • Efficacy/Agency
  • Identity
  • Relationships
  • Complexity and Difference
  • Professionalism
International and Out-of-State Candidates

The PEBC Teacher Residency does encourage international and out-of-state candidates to apply. We offer virtual interview options to support this. We highly encourage candidates to grow their learning about Colorado’s education system and the communities it serves.

Please note: The PEBC Teacher Residency can not provide sponsorship to international candidates at this time.

Letters of Recommendation

The Recruitment and Admissions Team understands that our residency is designed to support individuals with various levels of experience teaching. With that, we highly encourage candidates to seek recommendations from individuals that can speak to their strengths. This may include: former colleague, industry peer, manager, direct report, child’s teacher (or nanny), former teacher etc.

Rural Teacher-of-Record Model

In response to our partner district needs, The PEBC Teacher Residency has developed a teacher-of-record model in the San Luis Valley and Southwest cohorts. This model compliments the traditional residency experience and is supported by our coaches and instructors. Individuals interested in learning more about the model and additional application requirements may contact the Recruitment and Admissions Team.


Alternative License

All Resident candidates will be required to apply and obtain an Alternative Teacher License from the Colorado Department of Education upon acceptance into the residency. Residents will work directly with PEBC staff to walk through the process of obtaining this prior to Summer Institute.

Criminal History Check

All accepted candidates will have to complete a background check for both PEBC and the Colorado Department of Education.

Praxis Exam

Accepted residents are required to prove their content expertise. While the PEBC Teacher Residency highly encourages all residents to take the Praxis II exam in their content/endorsement area (some districts require this for hire), the Colorado Department of Education may allow you to apply undergraduate credit hours or an undergraduate degree to your license through a transcript review.

You will have a chance to learn more about this upon submitting your application to the residency.