MINNEAPOLIS RESIDENCY PROGRAM FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Program Coursework and Licensing
What are the requirements for the program? Applicants must be currently working in an MPS site and must have completed a 4 year Bachelor's degree from a Regionally Accredited College/university with a cumulative GPA or 2.5 or higher by June 2017. You can check to see if your college/university is accredited here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
How does this program prepare me to become a teacher? Residents participate in the teaching of summer school in Summer 2017, they then spend the 2017-2018 school year co-teaching in an elementary school in MPS with a classroom teacher for the entire year. This program provides the opportunity for students to co-teach while also participating in intensive coursework through the University of Minnesota.
What license program will I be enrolled in through this program? This program is the Elementary Education license program (Kindergarten - 6th grade). The university coursework is faciliated by instructors from the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis Public Schools. General information about the University of Minnesota's Elementary Education program can be found here.
Does this program also include ESL or Special Education endorsements? No, this program is solely focused on Elementary Education.
When and where do the classes meet? The exact schedule for the course meeting times has not yet been finalized but will be shared when the cohort is determined. Residents will participate in coursework during summers and the 2017 - 2018 school year. The courses are held in a Minneapolis Public Schools elementary school building and some professional development opportunities are held elsewhere. The courses are not held on the University of Minnesota campus.
Will I have to take the MN Licensure Exams in this program? Yes, all people seeking to become teachers through the Minneapolis Residency Program will have to take MN licensure exams.
Is there any way to waive parts of the licensure exams? Yes, beginning in January 1, 2015, passing scores on the ACT Plus Writing or SAT exams may also be submitted to meet the requirement for a “skills exam in reading, writing and math”.
ACT Plus Writing Composite Score ≥ 22 and Combined English/Writing ≥ 21
Here are links for the ACT and SAT exams:
What resources are available for preparing to take the MN Licensure Exams? There will be tutors available to residents if they wish to work with a tutor. There are free test prep sessions for math, reading and writing offered through the TC2 program and you can find details on those sessions here: http://www.tcteacher.org/mtle.php
How do I apply for the program? There are four main components of the competitive application process:
What documents will I need for the application process? You should have an udpated resume prepared as well as your transcripts for all of the colleges/universities. You will have to ask three references if they will complete a reference form on your behalf. Finalists will complete and submit the University of Minnesota application.
If I am a reserve teacher, who can serve as a supervisor reference? As a reserve teacher, you can have supervisors in former jobs serve as a reference as well as any principal who knows your work as a reserve teacher within Minneapolis Public Schools.
All application materials are due January 3, 2017
How much does this program cost? The program fee for the University of Minnesota is $15,000.
Who pays the program fee? Residents are responsible for paying the program fee. They can contact the University of Minnesota Financial Aid Office to learn about loans, scholarships and other important financial resources. MRP actively looks for grants over the course of the year to help cover some cost of tuition however coverage is not guaranteed.
Will I be able to keep my job if I am selected as a resident? No, you will become a full-time student who is taking courses and co-teaching in an elementary school. Therefore, you will leave your current job to focus on being a resident.
How can I pay for the residency? There are many options for financing your education. Loans and scholarship information can be found here: http://humanresources.mpls.k12.mn.us/financial_resources
Once you become a teacher, your loans may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness depending on the length of time you teach and the particular school you teach in. You can search for which MPS schools are affiliated with federal loan forgiveness here: https://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/
What will I be paid? Residents will receive approximately $25,000 from June 2017 - June 2018.
Will I have insurance as a resident? Yes, Residents qualify for benefits through MPS.
Where will I do my co-teaching residency? Will I stay in the school where I currently work? Do I have a choice in where I am placed? A handful of MPS elementary schools wll serve as cluster sites which host several Residents. These cluster sites have not yet been finalized. Residents will be place in the school with the co-teacher who is the best fit for the resident as determined by the Minneapolis Residency Program staff. Residents will not be placed in the school where they have spent the last year working.
How many people will be selected? The goal is to have a cohort of 25 people.
Who is eligible to apply? People are eligible to apply if they:
To learn more about the required prerequisites, what courses count toward your prerequistes, and where you can take these courses, please refer to this document.
UMN Prerequisites FAQ