DSST's Apprentice Teacher Program builds a yearly cohort of educators committed to working in high-performing, integrated public schools. Our Apprentice Teachers work alongside a strong mentor teacher in a STEM subject to prepare them to take on their own classroom the following year.
We believe that anyone can become a great teacher with the right support. Whether you are a new graduate or a career changer, our Apprentice Teacher program can jumpstart your career in education!
At DSST, we offer two options for learning to teach Math or Science in our Apprentice Teacher Program:
1. Relay GSE
Master’s Degree & Licensure
Apprentice Teachers in this pathway enroll in the Relay Graduate School of Education (GSE) in the Relay Teaching Residency. This provides a robust, two-year development program for individuals looking to get into the teaching profession. During the first year, Apprentice Teachers work towards earning state certification in secondary Math or Science education. The second year the Apprentice Teacher transitions into a full-time classroom role and completes coursework to fulfill a Master of Arts in Teaching.
Watch this video to get a sense of all that Relay has to offer!
This pathway may be of interest to:
- Anyone interested in earning credentials from the nationally renowned Relay Graduate School of Education, an institution that has perfected the art of helping teachers get better faster
- Those who are willing to invest financially in a strong foundation to a new career and value a widespread support system, both on your campus and off.
- Those interested in a research-based approach to instructional methods in their content area (math or science), and robust support in mastering content.
Check out answers to FAQs about the Relay GSE experience:
Non-Degree & Optional-Licensure
Did You Know? To teach at DSST, teacher licensure is not required, so we have the flexibility to offer additional on-ramps to teaching with us! We can demonstrate our DSST teachers are highly qualified in their content area through a means other than licensure, so we can offer other more creative pathways to teaching with us, like the Learn2Teach program.
Learn2Teach will enable you to observe excellent teachers, understand how to build classroom culture and develop lessons, as well as receive frequent feedback and coaching. Apprentice Teachers receive professional development over the course of the year from both their mentor teachers and additional campus-based programming. They are ideally placed in cohorts of 3-4 at a campus to create a fun peer learning environment, as well!
This is a free (no-cost!) pathway, but if Apprentice Teachers are interested in pursuing a teaching license, that’s an option too. We have local partners that can support you! At an additional cost, you may earn your license within the year.
This pathway may be of interest to:
- Anyone interested in a streamlined pathway to join DSST that values highly applicable on-the-job development -- relevant to our network, your campus context and DSST students!
- STEM professionals interested in a second career, including those placed with us through a partnership with EnCorps.
- Those with strong content knowledge matriculating from our partner programs, including CU Teach, CU Teach Engineering, and Teach@Mines
Check out answers to FAQs about the Learn2Teach experience:
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DSST Apprentice Teachers in both the Relay GSE and Learn2Teach cohorts receive a $34,000 salary and full benefits.