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Minneapolis Teacher Licensure Prep Programs

Minneapolis Teacher Licensure Prep Programs
Are you interested in becoming a licensed teacher in Minneapolis Public schools?

MPS now has two Grow Your Own teacher preparation programs!

The Minneapolis and St. Thomas 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.


Minneapolis Public Schools Academy is a pathway to a K-12 ABS Special Education teaching license. This 15 month program is open to licensed teachers who are seeking an additional license in ABS, Employees currently working on a Tier 1 or 2 license, or ESPs. This is a non credit-bearning program that will result in an ABS license.


Overview of the Programs at a glance

Click here to compare the programs and see which is right for you.