Program Requirements

  • To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:
    • Currently employed with a joint applicant (school district partner)
    • A Tier I or Tier II teacher, paraprofessional or non-licensed staff
    • Demonstrate a willingness to be a special education teacher after completing the program
    • No Tier III or IV teaching license in Minnesota

Complete Application

  • To apply, you will need:

    After you complete/submit the application, you will receive acceptance or non-acceptance notification by the first of the month.

After You're Accepted

  • After you apply and are accepted to receive funds via the SpEd Teacher Pipeline Grant:
    • Apply to a TPP approved partner and fill out FERPA
    • Work with TPP advisor to determine program plan, and the financial aid office to determine tuition and fee amount
    • Work with Program Success Coach to request exact funding amount, review course plan and schedule check-in meetings
    • Complete the courses through the accredited TPP partner
    • Provide SWWC (Heidi van der Hagen) with electronic proof of course completion/university grade report at the completion of each semester to be considered for additional funding.

    If approved, SWWC will send tuition and fees directly to TPP partner.
    Contact Heidi van der Hagen, Program Success Coach, with any questions at

Application Guidance Document

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