Special Education Residency Program
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Minneapolis Special Education Teacher Residency

Overview of the Program

The residency program is an accelerated 15-month program that will start in June 2019 and go through August 2020.

June- August 2019:
During the first summer, residents work part-time in MPS summer school and take classes part time Mondays through Fridays.

Residents work in Summer School Mondays – Thursdays from approximately 8:00 am – 11:00 am. Residents support students receiving special education services by working with students one-on-one or in small groups and co-teaching some lessons.

Residents take coursework as a cohort Mondays-Thursdays from 12:00- 3:00 pm and all day Fridays 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. Coursework in the first summer focuses on the fundamentals of teaching to prepare for co-teaching in the fall.

August 2019 – June 2019:
During the 2019-20 school year, residents co-teach 4 days a week with a highly effective teacher and take coursework as a cohort 1 day per week.

Residents co-teach alongside of a highly effective MPS special education teacher. Residents slowly take on more responsibility in the classroom throughout the school year, eventually taking on full (100%) responsibility for co-planning and co-teaching. Residents work at their school sites the teacher duty day (at a minimum) and the duty day varies depending on the school schedule.

Residents complete coursework as a cohort one day a week throughout the school year from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. During the 2018-19 school year coursework day is Wednesdays.

June 2020 – August 2020:
Residents complete their final courses toward their teacher licensure by the end of June 2020. Residents take coursework full time Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm between the end of the school year and the end of June (approximately 2.5 weeks).

In July and August, residents complete their one course to earn their master’s degree in education from the University of St. Thomas. This course is primarily offered online.