Teacher Quality Partnership Grants


To improve student achievement; improve the quality of new and prospective teachers by improving the preparation of prospective teachers and enhancing professional development activities for new teachers; hold teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education (IHEs) accountable for preparing highly qualified teachers; and recruit highly qualified individuals, including minorities and individuals from other occupations, into the teaching force.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title II, Part A
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States and partnerships that consist of at least one institution of higher education, a school, department or program of education within the partner institution, one school of arts and sciences within the partner institution, one high-need local educational agency, and a high-need school or a consortium of high-need schools served by the high-need local educational agency. A high-need local educational agency; is an agency that serves an elementary school or secondary school located in an area containing: (1) A high percentage of individuals or families with incomes below the poverty line, (2) a high percentage of secondary teachers not teaching in the content area that they were trained to teach, or (3) a high teacher turnover rate. An accredited institution of higher education, with a teacher training program must demonstrate the following: (A) A graduate from the teacher training program exhibits strong performance on State-determined qualifying assessments for new teachers through demonstrating that 80 percent or more of the graduates of the program intending to enter the field of teaching have passed all of the applicable State qualification assessments for new teachers including an assessment of each prospective teacher's subject matter knowledge in the content area or areas in which the teacher intends to teach; (B) be ranked among the highest-performing teacher preparation programs in the State as determined by the State; (C) the teacher training program requires all the students of the program to participate in intensive clinical experience that meets high academic standards in the case of secondary candidates to successfully complete an academic major in the subject area in which the candidate intends to teach; (D) competence through a high level of performance in relevant content area; (F) successful completion of an academic major in the arts and sciences in the case of elementary school candidates, or (G) competence through a high level of performance in core academic subjects areas. (Note: Entities that may constitute a partnership are specifically listed in the Law.)
Beneficiary Eligibility
Students in high-need schools and school districts are the primary beneficiaries.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. In any fiscal year in which funds are available for new awards, the Department of Education publishes a notice in the Federal Register inviting applications and establishing a deadline date.
Award Procedure
Peer review panels composed of representatives from public and private higher education, State and local educational agencies with expertise in teacher education are designated to review applications.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Notification usually is made within four months of the deadline for submission of applicants.
Not applicable.
Applications for renewal of multi-year projects are processed and funded before those for new projects. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
Contact the Program Office for this information.
How may assistance be used?
Awards may be used to reform teacher preparation programs through either the Pre-Baccalaureate or fifth year initial licensing Program and/or the Teaching Residency Program. Additionally, funded programs have the option of implementing a School Leadership Program as well as establishing a Partnership with a Digital Education Content Developer.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Annual performance monitoring is required as part of the submittal of for ED 524B.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records supporting claims under a grant must be maintained for 5 years after termination of the awards.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. This program has statutory requirements as follows: eligible partnerships are required to match 100 percent of the grant. Eligible partnerships may submit a request to waive the 100 percent match requirement for the first two years of the grant. The Secretary has the authority to grant this waiver to eligible partnerships as authorized under section 203(c)(2) of the HEA, as amended.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are awarded for a performance period of five years, subject to the availability of funds. Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Mia Howerton
Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Teacher Quality Programs, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20202 USA
Phone: (202) 401-9501
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$59,092,000.00; FY 23 est $70,000,000.00; FY 24 est $132,092,000.00; FY 21$52,092,000.00; FY 20$50,092,000.00; FY 19$43,092,000.00; FY 18$43,092,000.00; FY 17$43,092,000.00; FY 16$43,092,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies by competition.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Contact the Program Office for additional information.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2019 No Current Data Available.


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