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Spedup Program

Key Program Information

The mission of SpedUP is to recruit and support BIPOC students as they pursue the first two years of a special education degree.

SpedUP will confront the educational equity gaps in K-12 classrooms, specifically by addressing disparities in the composition of the special education workforce.

Application for the 2024-25 cohort has ended. Applications submitted now will be added to a waitlist.

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The SpedUp Program will provide:

  • Cohort model
  • Professional development activities
  • Connection to campus resources
  • Proactive academic advising to ensure transfer into bachelor's degree program in special education
  • Full academic scholarship (tuition & books)

Student Commitment to the program includes:

  • Being a special education major
  • A minimum of 20 credits per academic year (fall, spring, summer)
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and 67% completion rate
  • Attend classes regularly
  • Participate in monthly cohort activities (Date and time TBD based on group input)
Sped Up Program Coordinator

“We are elevating teachers of color who are passionate about teaching students with disabilities. SpedUP plays an important role in diversifying the next generation of special education teachers in Minnesota.”


Sped-Up Program

Kenny Chan

Special Education Teacher Pathways Project Coordinator

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