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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).

This is a 15-month program that will start in June 2017 and go through August 2018. During the summer of 2017, residents will work in summer session and take classes. In the 2017-18 school year, residents will co-teach four days a week in a MPS classroom and take graduate-level University of St. Thomas coursework one day per week as a cohort. In the final summer, residents will finish their coursework.

Benefits of the residency program:
As a resident, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Receive a $26,000 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

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 2017 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 2017-18 school year have now closed. Applications for the 2018-19 school year cohort will open in the fall of 2017. To indicate your interest and be contacted when applications open again, please fill out our Program Inquiry Form .