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Upcoming informational sessions for University of St. Thomas Work and Learn Program

(05/03/2024) Anoka-Hennepin and the University of St. Thomas (UST) have a partnership that provides hands-on experience to support success in future teaching careers. 

The Grow Your Own and Work and Learn programs aim to recruit, prepare, retain and support highly qualified paraprofessionals and Tier 1 and Tier 2 teachers to become Tier 3 licensed special education teachers. The program offers an affordable, accessible and accelerated program to earn an Academic and Behavior Strategist (ABS) License and Master’s degree in two and a half years.

UST is offering informational sessions:

Work and Learn Program

  • Complete an initial ABS license and master's degree in 34 credits (instead of the traditional program of 48 credits) in 2.5 years.
  • New cohort scheduled for fall 2024 (online, evening courses).
  • Student teaching on the job.

Only nine credits more to add a special education license (DD, ASD, EBD, ECSE (12cr)

Participant Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited institution 
  • Current or prospective employee working in Special Education in a Minnesota school district.
  • Commitment to Special Education

SEED Federal Grant: Work and Learn Tuition Support

The School of Education may offer qualified students up to $10,000 in tuition support for the Work and Learn cohort starting fall 2024. Submit your St. Thomas application to be considered.