Your First Year

  • Teacher and student at Samuels Elementary

  • 1. NTI Requirements

    If you have an initial license, you must complete New Teacher Induction to earn an Induction Certificate which is necessary to apply for your professionalinitial license. Please go to (COMING SOON!) to review the 2018-2019 DPS Induction Requirements. If you have questions, please consult the FAQ:Coming Soon! or email

    In June of the year following your first year at DPS, if you have successfully completed the four components, DPS will issue you an induction certificate, which you will receive by email.

    When you apply to the Colorado Department of Education to convert your Initial License to a Professional License, attach the Induction Certificate to your application. Learn more about licensing here.

    If you have questions, please email

  • 2. ELA Coursework

    Denver Public Schools is rich in diversity, with more than 34,000 English-language learners representing more than 170 languages. To make sure we effectively support our English language learners, all DPS teachers are provided English Language Acquisition (ELA) training. This training and other supports for teachers are conducted by our ELA department.

    For detailed information on the ELA teacher qualification requirements can be found below. To review and sign up for ELA courses, please visit the ELA Teacher Qualification website. If you have questions about the different requirements or your ELA designation, please contact

  • 3. Additional Action Items


  • Register: New Educator Welcome Week

    HR New Hires Checklist

    Curriculum and Instruction Professional Learning