The goal of EdConnect is two-fold.

First, the EdConnect program provides DPS’ 9-12 grade students with opportunities to earn post-secondary credits and engage in experiential learning in the education field. Additionally, EdConnect aspires to spark interest in our students of today to become our teachers of tomorrow as a long-term strategy to diversify our teacher workforce in Denver.

Available at

CEC Middle College

Abraham Lincoln High School

Collegiate Preparatory Academy

Possible Courses Include  *classes vary by school

ECE 101 Intro to Early Childhood Education
Provides an introduction to the profession of Early Childhood Education (ECE). Course content includes eight key areas of professional knowledge related to working with young children and their families in early care and education settings: child growth and development; health, nutrition and safety; developmentally appropriate practices; guidance; family and community relationships; diversity and inclusion; professionalism; and administration and supervision. This course addresses children ages birth through 8 years.
ECE 103 Guidance Strategies
This course explores guidance theories, applications, goals, and techniques, as well as factors that influence behavioral expectations of children. This course includes classroom management and pro-social skills development of young children in early childhood (EC) program settings. This course addresses children ages birth through 8 years.
Intro into Human Services and Education
To be implemented Spring 2019
Social Issues in Urban Education
This is an introduction to general education course facilitated to encourage students to go into the field of education as a profession.  Students will acquire and enhance critical thinking skills through a social justice lens by analyzing a historical perspective of people of color and cultural/ethnic diversity.  In this course, students will learn to self-advocate, to advocate for others, and to empower as a means to initiate and create change. This class will build upon student’s cultural, community, academic and personal strengths to encourage and develop leadership and activism, with an emphasis on becoming an educator and leader of change, critical pedagogy and social justice.
Pathways2Teaching I & II
All courses have been approved through the University of Colorado Denver.

Each course is focused on education with a social justice and equity lens.  Students will be exposed to introductory level courses in socially just education, special education, and linguistically diverse education.

The 3 courses should easily transfer into undergraduate teacher preparation programs around the country since most programs require similar courses in order to prepare all teachers to meet the needs of students with varying learning needs.



Explore a Career in the Education

*Statistics provided by Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017)

Examples of career opportunities include:

Occupation Education Level Median Annual Earnings
Teaching Assistant High School Diploma, Certificate $26,260
Childcare Worker High School Diploma, Certificate $22,290
Preschool Teacher Associate’s Degree $28,990
Elementary School Special Education Teachers Bachelor’s Degree $61,690
High School Teacher Bachelor’s Degree $59,170
School Counselor Advanced Degree $55,410

View more education opportunities here.

Industry information courtesy of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

Sample Plans of Study

Click on the links below to see what classes you should take in high school to prepare you for a career in education:

Know what you want to do but don’t know how to get there?  Visit CollegeinColorado.org to explore degree programs and financial aid options.

Interested in becoming a teacher for DPS?

Check the following resources. 

DPS JobBoard: http://careers.dpsk12.org/apply-now/

Teacher Licensure Requirements: http://careers.dpsk12.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Qualifications-and-licensing-guide_teachers_v122215.pdf

Alternate Pathways to Teaching: http://careers.dpsk12.org/teachers/additional-pathways-to-teaching/


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