Transition to Teaching
To recruit and retain highly qualified midcareer professionals (including highly qualified paraprofessionals) and recent graduates of institutions of higher education, as teachers in high-need schools, including by recruiting teachers through alternative routes to teacher certification and licensure; and to encourage the development and expansion of alternative routes to certification and licensure under State-approved programs that enable individuals to be eligible for teacher certification and licensure within a reduced period of time, relying on the experience, expertise, and academic qualifications of an individual or other factors in lieu of traditional course work in the field of education.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Innovation and Improvement
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended, Title II, Part C, Subpart 1, Chapter B.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
State educational agencies; high-need local educational agencies; for-profit and nonprofit organizations with proven records of effectively recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers, in partnership with high-need local educational agencies or State educational agencies; institutions of higher education, in partnerships with high-need local educational agencies or State educational agencies; regional consortia of State educational agencies; and consortia of high-need LEAs.
Eligible participants must be mid-career professionals from various fields who possess strong subject-matter skills to become teachers, including paraprofessionals with two years of classroom experience and postsecondary education or demonstrated competence in a field for which there is a significant shortage of qualified teachers; recent college graduates. In order to teach in secondary schools, eligible participants also need a major or equivalent in the academic subjects that the individuals will teach. Schools in which the participants must teach are high-need schools operated by high-need LEAs.
2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Contact the program office for additional information.
Applications are reviewed by the agency for eligibility and completeness. Applications are reviewed and scored by a panel of experts. Applications are ranked according to score by funding category; i.e., national, State, or local applicant. A funding slate is prepared and the highest-funded applications are recommended for funding. Successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified of outcome. Grant awards are prepared and provided to successful grantees.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 60 days.
Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations and a grantee's substantial progress. Renewals after 3 years are also based on progress made based an interim evaluation each project is required to submit.
How are proposals selected?
Contact the program office for more information.
How may assistance be used?
To develop or enhance State and local programs to recruit, select, prepare, place, support, and retain individuals (mid-career individuals, paraprofessionals, and recent college graduates) to become certified and successful teachers in high-need subjects areas and reduce the need for teachers in high-need schools in high-need local education agencies. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and grantees therefore must use a restricted indirect cost rate, which is referenced in 34 CFR 75.563. For assistance on indirect cost rates, call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group at (202) 708-7770.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual performance reports must be submitted for each budget period in order to receive continuation awards. Final performance reports are due 90 days after expiration or termination of the award. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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.
SEAs, LEAs and non-profit organizations must maintain program records for 3 years from the date those agencies submit to the awarding agency its single or last expenditure report for the period for which it received the funds. A longer retention period is required under specified conditions.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects may be funded for a period of 5 years. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations and a grantee's substantial progress. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Beatriz Ceja Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Teacher Quality Programs 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (202) 205-5009
(Project Grants) FY 14 $13,762,000; FY 15 est $13,700,000; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY14 range: $200,000-$2,500,000; average: $456,000.
FY15 est range: $180,000-$2,850,000; average: $454,000.
No current data available for FY 2016.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, applies to this program. Contact the program office for additional information.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available