CWOO Families with IFSP or IEP



I am writing to let you know that the online course in special education will be offered again at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) with tuition support from the Minnesota Department of Education. The 3-credit online college course will give a foundational understanding of special education in the prek-12th grade system. The course was specifically designed for American Indian Education staff such as cultural liaisons and for parents of Indigenous children with disabilities. The course has already been offered several times and we have received lots of positive feedback from district staff who enrolled.

A limited number of scholarships from the Division of Special Education at MDE are available in the amount of $300, roughly half of the course tuition and fees. Because the funding is intended to increase knowledge among cultural liaisons and parents, licensed staff are not eligible to receive scholarships. Although the scholarship is limited to particular positions, the course is not. Any individual can take the course that is interested. School district employees who receive scholarships and their supervisors are required to complete the form Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which outlines expectations for the course. Parents of children with disabilities who are not district employees are also asked to fill out the MOU but do not need to provide a supervisor’s verification.

This class is offered online which allows for social distancing while meeting others around the state that want to advocate for Indigenous children and families involved with special education. Summer classes begin May 30 to July 21. Fall classes begin on August 21 and end on December 15.

Instructions for registration and directions on how to contact the course instructor at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College with questions or concerns are below.

These are the steps to follow to enroll and apply for the funding of $300 (just under half the course tuition and fees). All students follow the first two steps regardless of application for the scholarship.

  1. Apply to FDLTCC using the directions in the attached document EDU 1300/ Current Students of FDLTCC or Minnesota State Colleges and Universities can skip to number 2

Application Link for non-degree students: Non-Degree-Seeking Students – Fond Du Lac Tribal & Community CollegeFond du Lac Tribal and Community College ( 

  1. Register for course EDU 1300 (directions also in Link for non-degree seeking students above)
    Summer Course Registration Link: Course Detail – Course Detail – Student e-Services ( 
    Fall Course Registration Link: Course Detail – Course Detail – Student e-Services (
  2. Email Govinda Budrow at [email protected] to let her know you registered and applied for the funding. She can assist with any questions or barriers that arise.

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