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Minneapolis Special Education and Elementary Teacher Residency

Minneapolis Special Education and Elementary Teacher Residency
19-20 Minneapolis Special Education Residency Cohort 3
document Application Instructions   --  Step-by-step guide to applying for the residency program
Minneapolis Teacher Residency Program



Please fill out an INQUIRY FORM to begin the application process.

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

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

This rigorous and accelerated teacher preparation program is open to unlicensed MPS employees and employees of our community partners who work in MPS schools.  Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree and are interested in becoming a special education or Elementary 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 either Special Education- Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS) or K-5 Elementary Education.

Overview of the Program

The residency program is a 15-month program that will start in June 2022 and go through August 2023. Learn more about the program schedule and model.


Attend an Information Session to learn more! Upcoming sessions:

Thursday, February 9 4:30-5:30 via Google Meets

Who is Eligible to Apply

You are eligible to apply if you:

  1. Are currently employed by MPS in an unlicensed position OR are currently employeed by one of our Community Partners and directly work at least part time with students in an MPS school site.
  2. Have completed or will complete a bachelor's degree by January 2022 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) or Elementary Education.


How to Apply

Any current MPS employee or employee of our Community partners 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!  Applications are due Feruary 14th.

Application Steps:

1.     Complete Application in Success Factors. 

2.     If you are an employee with the district, log into the Internal Careers page and search for Requisition number 83488.  If you are a reserve teacher or employee of one of our Community partners, you will need to apply externally through this link: Residency Program External Application. To complete your application, you will need:

1.     A current resume

2.     Your University of St. Thomas Personal Statement. The personal statement form may be found at the top of this webpage. Please upload your Personal Statement in place of a cover letter into Success Factors.

3.     The name and email addresses of three references (see reference instructions below)

4.     Submit official transcripts for all institutions that you have attended. If sending electronically, have them sent to Channing Jones at channing.jones@mpls.k12.mn.us. If you would like to turn in a paper copy, please bring or mail a sealed copy of your transcripts to the Human Resources Department on the fourth floor of the Davis Service Center. HR is open Mondays-Fridays from 8:00 am -  4:30 pm.

5.      Include the names and emails of three references on your application. You do not need letters of recommendation. Your references will be sent a form to complete.

1.     At least one reference must be your current principal or direct supervisor at MPS.

2.     When submitting your application in Success Factors, provide the name and email addresses of three references. Once your application is received your references will be emailed the reference form.

3.     It is your responsibility as a candidate to ensure that your references submit their reference forms by the application due date.

In addition to submitting your application, selected applicants will be invited to participate in an Interview Event in the evening of February 23, 2022. At the Interview Event, candidates will participate in and will be rated on multiple activities by screeners from Minneapolis Public Schools and the University of St. Thomas. Finalists for the program will be selected based on their application materials and ratings from the Interview Event.