Please check back in fall 2023 for next year’s application. For application technical support, email the Fellowship in Special Education team.
The Fellowship in Special Education is a teacher development and licensure program serving schools and teachers across Washington, DC. In the Fellowship, participants will increase their capacity to implement and adapt supports to meet the needs of all students. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, Fellows become eligible to gain licensure in Special Education through DC’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).
The Fellowship is intended for instructional staff who wish to acquire and integrate new knowledge and skills and increase their effectiveness at supporting the needs of a wide range of students.
It is ideal professional development for:
Components of the Fellowship include:
The application process for the 2023-24 school year has closed.
Please check back in fall 2023 for information on our 2024-25 cohort.
Applications are rolling and spots are limited; individuals are encouraged to apply early!
The Fellowship in Special Education is open to participants from all over Washington, DC. Spots are filled on a first come first serve basis. Program tuition is $8,000. See below for discount opportunities.
Some Fellows have part or all of their tuition costs covered by their schools and others pay individually. We encourage you to reach out to your school leadership to see if sponsorship is an option. At this time, KIPP DC covers tuition costs for all accepted employees. Separate applications for KIPP DC staff and external applicants are located below.
Internal KIPP DC Applicants: As part of KIPP DC’s continued commitment to the professional development for its teachers and staff, KIPP DC covers tuition costs for all accepted employees.
External Applicants: The Fellowship in Special Education offers four tuition discounts that participants can take advantage of:
“Having gone through the Fellowship, I feel much more equipped to effectively reach and teach a multitude of students with a variety of needs. The Fellowship has afforded me the opportunity to reshape my pedagogy to best serve all students. I can earnestly say that my classroom will always be a space that fosters curiosity and creativity while simultaneously differentiating skills that promote strong and passionate learners”
Marcus Bailey, Middle School Social Studies Teacher, KIPP DC KEY Academy
"The Fellowship provided me an opportunity to learn about implementing various strategies and methods to teach all learners, not just students with special needs. My experience with the Fellowship in Special Education will enable me to continue reaching my highest potential in my career."
Kamili Miller, Elementary Teacher, KIPP DC Promise Academy
“In the Fellowship, instructors taught the latest evidence-based strategies through real-world projects and coaching. Fellows shared their diverse experiences and novel ways to approach challenges. The Fellowship deepened and broadened my understanding of special education and my appreciation for fellow special education teachers. I recommend it even for licensed special education teachers."
Michael Delgado, Middle School Special Education Teacher, Meridian Public Charter School
"In my current role as a general education teacher, the Fellowship in Special Education has equipped me with the necessary skills to effectively differentiate instruction for students across a variety of academic levels. This has helped to maximize the full potential of all my students."
Brandy Lawrence Winchester, M.Ed., 4th Grade Teacher, Friendship Public Charter School
"This program has been beneficial and essential in my career. All of the information is relevant. At times, I even apply newly learned techniques the very next day. I would recommend the program to people who have decided that they are interested in special education and want to sharpen their effectiveness as special education teachers."
Kendall Thomas, High School Special Educator, KIPP DC College Preparatory