Transition to Teaching

To recruit and retrain highly qualified midcareer professionals (including highly qualified paraprofessionals) and recent graduates of institutions of higher education, as teachers in high-need schools, including recruiting teachers through alternative routes to teacher certification; and to encourage
the development and expansion of alternative routes to certification under state-approved programs that enable individuals to be eligible for teacher certification 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.

Examples of Funded Projects

The Florida Department of Education has received grants under this program in 2002 and 2006, to recruit, train, and place mid-career professionals, including highly-qualifed paraprofessionals, and recent college graduates in teaching positions through partnerships with several high-need school districts.

The 2002 cohort has placed 487 out of 679 participants, and the 2006 cohort has placed all of its 37 participants, as teachers at record in high-need schools in high-need districts.


Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.



Program Accomplishments

Approximately 102 continuation awards are expected in FY 2008.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To develop a program to recruit, select, screen, train and place individuals (mid-career individuals and qualified recent college graduates) to become licensed and successful teachers in high-need areas to help reduce the teacher shortage in local educational agencies.

This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 75.563.

For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202) 708-7770.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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 partnerships 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 local educational agencies.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Mid-career professionals from various fields who possess strong subject-matter skills to become teachers; recent college graduates with baccalaureate degrees in the academic subjects that the individuals will teach; LEA's with critical teacher shortages, particularly in the fields of mathematics, science, foreign languages, bilingual education, reading, and special education.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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 Procedures

Applicant must submit the following by the designated deadline: (1) The applicant must provide a written narrative which addresses the selection criteria (and the required application content) that reviewers use in evaluating their applications. This Section must be limited to no more than 50 double-spaced pages. (2) Required forms to be submitted with the application include SF-424; Sections A, B, and C of ED Form 524; Assurance - Non Construction Programs; Certifications Regarding Lobbying, Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters; Drug-Free Workplace Requirements; Disclosure of Lobbying Activity; Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion - Lower Tier Covered Transactions.

Award Procedures

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 mailed to successful grantees.

Deadlines

Deadlines will be published in the Federal Register. Contact the program office for more information.

Authorization

Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Title II, Part C, Subpart 1, Chapter B.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 60 days.

Appeals

Part 86 - Subpart E of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) outlines procedures governing appeals of decisions by a designated Department official to demand the repayment of Federal financial assistance or terminate the eligibility of an institution of higher education, State educational agency or local educational agency.

Renewals

Applicants may apply for a project period of up to 3 years. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects may be funded for a period of 36 months. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Performance reports are due 90 days after expiration or termination of the award.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

In accordance with the General Education Provisions Act and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), certain financial records must be maintained for a period of three years.

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-0204-0-1-501.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $44,484,000; FY 08 $43,707,000; and FY 09 est $43,707.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In FY 2008, the range of awards is expected to be $98,852 to $3,074,773; the average award is expected to be $426,324.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations and guidelines were published in the Federal Register in April 2001. Contact the Program Office for more information.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Department of Education, OII Teacher Quality Programs 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-6100; Contact: Thelma Leenhouts, E-mail Address thelma.leenhouts@ed.gov; Telephone (202) 260-0223.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The selection criteria are contained in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) 34 CFR 75.210. Contact the program office for more information.



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