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84.350 Transition to Teaching

AUTHORIZATION:

Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended, Executive Order Title II, Part C, Subpart 1, Chapter B.
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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.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants
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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:   No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   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:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. 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 Procedure:   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:   Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

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.

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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 36 months. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   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.

Audits:   In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit 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.

Obligations:   (Project Grants) FY 08 $43,706,865; FY 09 est $43,707,000; FY 10 est $43,707,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

No Data Available.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: The Department expects to make approximately 91 continuation awards in FY 2010. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

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:   Tyra Stewart Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Teacher Quality Programs 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: tyra.stewart@ed.gov Phone: (202) 260-1847

Web Site Address:  
http://www.ed.gov/programs/transitionteach/index.html

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

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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