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Minneapolis Special Education Teacher Residency

Minneapolis Special Education Teacher Residency
Minneapolis Special Education Teacher Residency

 A partnership between Minneapolis Public Schools and the University of St. Thomas

The Minneapolis Special Education Teacher Residency is a pathway to licensure that will prepare highly effective and diverse special education teachers who will create increased opportunities for students receiving special education services in Minneapolis Public Schools.

This rigorous and accelerated teacher preparation program is open to unlicensed MPS employees who hold a bachelor's degree and are interested in becoming a special education teacher, with an emphasis on recruiting diverse and bilingual candidates. Upon completing this program, residents will earn their master's degree and teaching license in Special Education- Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS).

Overview of the Program

The residency program is a 15-month program that will start in June 2019 and go through August 2020. Learn more about the program schedule and model.

Benefits of Residency Program
  • Receive a $27,500 stipend and are eligible for district benefits from MPS
  • Pay a reduced tuition rate at the University of St. Thomas
  • Co-teach with a highly effective special education teacher
  • Earn a master of arts degree and Special Education--Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS) license
Who is Eligible to Apply

You are eligible to apply if you:

  1. Are currently employed by MPS in an unlicensed position
  2. Have completed or will complete a bachelor's degree by May 2019 from a regionally accredited institution. Check your institution's accreditation status.
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. (A GPA below 2.75 will be considered holistically.)
  4. Are seeking your initial teaching license in Special Education--Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS).
How To Apply

Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now open!

Any current MPS employee who holds a bachelor's degree and is interested in earning their initial teaching license in special education is eligible to apply. Learn more about the application process and start your application today!

Fill out an Inquiry Form to start the process!  We will begin follow up communication in fall 2018.



Testing Requirements

All applicants to the residency program must either take the GRE or the Praxis Exam in order to be admitted to the University of St Thomas. Although there is no individual cut score for admission on any of these tests, scores will be considered in admission and scholarship decisions. Learn more about the testing requirments, test options, free test prep materials, and when to take the exam.