Teacher Preparation for Rural Education Program (TPREP)

Trinidad State Junior College and the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) have launched an innovative partnership to offer a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and/or Early Childhood Education that can be completed entirely at Trinidad State’s Trinidad Campus.  It’s called TPREP (Teacher Preparation for Rural Education Program).

This partnership brings together a top Colorado public university and a prestigious rural community college to provide a pathway to a four-year degree in education based in Trinidad.  The program will include field experience in local elementary schools all four years.  It will include strong support from peers, mentors and faculty.  When possible, students will be given credit for past college classes.

Under Colorado House Bill 17-1003, signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper in May of 2017, this is one of the ways Colorado is tackling a shortage of public school teachers, especially in rural areas.

CU Denver is ranked as a top education school by U.S. News & World Report and is known as a leader in teacher residency programs.  Trinidad State has prepared students for bachelor degree programs with success for more than 90 years.


  • Apply to Trinidad State Junior College (Trinidad Campus only).
  • Talk to an advisor about your interest in the Elementary Education Associate of Arts degree and the four-year CU Denver/Trinidad State bachelor’s degree.
  • Take 60 college credits the first two years and receive an associate degree from Trinidad State. During that time your instructors will be working closely with CU Denver.
  • Apply for admission to CU Denver.
  • Continue your studies at Trinidad State through a combination of CU Denver education course (online and in-person), teaching internships and students teaching experiences in Trinidad-area schools for a total of 66 more college credits.
  • Earn a BA in Education and Human Development with an elementary school license from CU Denver.
  • Begin your teaching career!

  • Student Success Center
    Trinidad Campus

    Phone: 719-846-5026
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