The Minnesota Department of Education has collaborated with the Program on Translation and Interpreting at the University of Minnesota to develop and offer 2 courses for interpreters working in special education programs for students with disabilities.
The first course in the sequence is offered online and emphasizes content knowledge of special education as well as appropriate roles and ethics for interpreters working in public schools. The second course in the sequence emphasizes practical development of interpreting skills and is offered on campus.
MDE offers a limited number of $500 scholarships towards the cost of tuition for these courses. Up until now, these scholarships have only been available to interpreters that are employed by public schools. For the fall semester, 2017, scholarships will also be available to interpreters that work in other settings as well as agency interpreters and freelance interpreters.
Students are expected to provide a short statement that describes how they will use the information and a letter of reference. Students are also asked to sign a “memo of understanding” that outlines expectations for the course in exchange for receiving the scholarship.