What is TREP

  • Teacher Recruitment Education and Preparation Program (TREP)

    TREP (pronounced tee-rep) stands for Teacher Recruitment Education and Preparation  Program. It is a state-funded program (SB21-185) that allows qualified students in a teaching pathway to attend college for free for two years after high school. TREP students receive free tuition and fees while also receiving wrap-around advising and support.

  • What is the Teacher Recruitment Education and Preparation Program (TREP)?


    TREP is a 5th/6th year high school program that allows students interested in pursuing a career in education to attend college full-time for up to two years after high school for free. Students attend a participating TREP college beginning the fall after graduation from high school. Students may only enter the program as a 5th year student.

    Some of the objectives of TREP are:

    • to increase the number of students who enter the teaching profession.
    • to decrease the amount of time that is required for students to complete post secondary educator preparation degrees or certificates.
    • to decrease economic barriers for students who want to pursue higher education in teaching.

  • Interested in one of these Educator Career Pathways?

    If you are interested in pursuing a career in education, you should consider using TREP to pay for 2 years of college!

    Relevant pathways include: 

    • Early Childhood Education (ECE)
    • Elementary Education (K-6th grade)
    • Secondary Education (7-12th grade) - English, Math, Science, Social Studies
    • Special Education
    • Art Education
    • Music Education
    • Physical Education (PE)
    • World Languages
    • Counseling/Psychology 
    • Educational/Instructional Technology

  • Who can participate in TREP?


    Graduating 12th graders are eligible if they meet DPS graduation requirements, TREP requirements, and are college ready. 

  • What are the TREP requirements?

    To qualify for TREP you must pass one of the qualifying college-level courses listed here with a C- or higher.  The class has to be taken during your senior year. You also need to meet graduation requirements and be college ready in English and Math.

    Ask your counselor if you qualify for TREP! 

  • How can students apply?

    Work with your high school counselor or DSF advisor to complete the online TREP application no later than March 1, 2024.

  • What colleges can a TREP student attend?

    TREP College Partners

    Students can attend MSU Denver, our 4-year university partner, or any of our metro area community college partners (Arapahoe Community College, Community College of Aurora, Community College of Denver, Front Range Community College and Red Rocks Community College).

  • Important Dates

    Important Dates

    • March 1, 2024: Deadline to apply
    • April/May 2024:
      • Official offer to join TREP emailed to applicants who have met TREP eligibility requirements, including those pending spring CE grades
      • Students attend a mandatory informational meeting prior to accepting a slot in the TREP program
      • Students must provide the TREP team with their HS diploma and an unofficial college transcript no later than June 1, 2024. Their diploma will be returned upon completion or exit of the program
    • June 1, 2024: Final day for students to accept a spot in the 2024-25 TREP program.

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