Teacher Preparation - PEBC

Teacher Preparation

Additional Stipends Available

We are currently offering additional stipends for Early Childhood, Secondary Math, and Secondary Science teacher residents, and for participants who identify as BIPOC.


Become an ECE, Elementary, Special Education, or Secondary Teacher in Colorado

The PEBC Teacher Residency program prepares you for an exceptional career as an early childhood, elementary, special education, or secondary teacher through a hands-on licensure program. As a PEBC Teacher Resident, you will be trained over the course of one year and supported by expert instructors and coaches who are committed to your success. Residency experiences are offered in public, private, and charter schools in rural, urban, and suburban schools across Colorado. We welcome culturally diverse candidates including multilingual learners.  Residents are able to receive between $10,000 and $42,000 in financial support as they learn alongside a mentor teacher during the school year!

Information Sessions

Join us to learn about how to become a licensed teacher in the State of Colorado through the PEBC Teacher Residency! Our information sessions are specific to the different pathways we offer: Traditional Residency, Teacher of Record, Special Education, pre-Bachelor’s and New American. Not sure which pathway is right for you? Give us a call at 303-861-8661 or email admissions@pebc.org

Teacher Pathways

One of the most important factors in the achievement of students is the preparation and quality of the teacher. We believe that all students deserve inspiring and effective teachers who engage them in learning. PEBC offers many pathways into the profession that support learning and rigorous preparation for the field.


Traditional Residency Pathway

Traditional Residents gain support from PEBC coaches as they work side-by-side with a mentor teacher in the classroom.



Teacher of Record Pathway

Teachers of Record are supported by PEBC mentors and coaches as they serve as the sole teacher in the classroom.



Special Education Pathway

Program participants spend Year 1 working side-by-side with a mentor teacher and Year 2 as a Teacher of Record in a Special Education classroom.


Pre-Bachelor’s Pathway

Program participants complete their Bachelor’s degree through AdvanceEDU’s highly flexible and affordable programming and then move directly into the PEBC Teacher Residency to obtain their teaching license.


New American Pathway

Program participants spend Year 1 developing their English language, classroom and technology skills and then start the PEBC Teacher Residency in Year 2 to obtain their teaching license.

Every student deserves the chance and has the right to explore his or her glorious potential. Helping our students to believe in themselves when perhaps no one else does and working with them to cultivate hope where seemingly there is none are two of the greatest gifts educators can offer to our youth.

Vicki Zakrzewski

Residency Alumni Facts


Percentage of PEBC Alumni in their first five years of teaching who remain in the classroom compared to an average national retention rate of 55% for teachers in their first five years of their career


Percentage of Residency Alumni who speak Spanish


Percentage of Residency Alumni who were trained in a rural region of Colorado


Percentage of 2019/20 Residents who were hired as teachers in the year following their residency

More resources for future teachers

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 resources including

  • 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.
Phenomenal Teaching Podcast (Facebook Post)


How might we support vibrant, diverse, passionate individuals to become teachers? Listen in as John Kearney, Director of Recruitment and Alumni Engagement for the PEBC Teacher Residency Program, shares the ways in which a career teaching is more accessible than ever before, and recent graduates, Nicole Herrera & Char Brock share their stories of their experiences of becoming educators.


Brenden Harrison

William Smith High School Teacher

“This is where I’m supposed to be. PEBC was a tremendous stepping stone. I needed them to be there. Their support hurtled me forward a little faster, and really helped me leap into teaching, a career I love.”

Sathya Wandzek

Graduate of the PEBC Teacher Residency & PEBC Staff Developer

“PEBC has been this amazing door and amazing opportunity and really gave me this dynamic career. I am very grateful."

Nicole Snelgrove

William Smith High School Teacher

"I feel very fortunate. It seems like this is the most supportive program out there. It allowed me to develop my own voice as a teacher. It let me be me." 



Meet Our Alumni

Autumn Wright’s life could have taken many paths, between IT, philosophy or teaching. A chance encounter with folks from PEBC, and an introduction to the teacher residency program, sealed her fate, and she has never looked back.

Read Autumn's Story


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