Special Education - State Personnel Development

To assist State educational agencies in reforming and improving their systems for personnel preparation and professional development in early intervention, educational and transition services, to improve results for children with disabilities.

As used in this program, personnel means special
education teachers, regular education teachers, principals, administrators, related services personnel, paraprofessionals, and early intervention personnel serving infants, toddlers, preschoolers, or children with disabilities, except where a particular category of personnel, such as related services personnel, is identified.

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Public Education, New Mexico Department Of $ 3,998,430   2018-01-012022-12-31
Education, California Department Of $ 9,030,000   2018-01-012022-12-31
State Office Of Education, Utah $ 3,776,000   2017-10-012022-11-30
Education, Tennessee Department Of $ 1,852,526   2020-10-012022-10-31
Education, Indiana Department Of $ 3,151,095   2020-10-012022-10-31
Guam Department Of Education $ 500,000   2020-10-012022-10-31
Public Instruction, Montana Office Of $ 1,100,000   2020-10-012022-10-31
Maryland State Department Of Education $ 2,199,358   2021-09-302022-09-30
Public Instruction, North Carolina Department Of $ 808,711   2021-10-012022-09-30
Education, New Jersey Department Of $ 500,000   2021-10-012022-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The uses of funds under the State Personnel Development Grants progam are described in section 654 of the IDEA (20 U.S.C.


Not less than 90 percent of the grant funds for any fiscal year must be used for spent on professional development activities described in section 654(a) of IDEA (20 U.S.C.

1454(a)), including improving results for children with disabilities through the delivery of high-quality instruction and the recruitment, hiring and retention of highly qualified special education teachers.

Not more than 10 percent of grant funds for any fiscal year must can be spent on the other activities described in section 654(b) of IDEA (20 U.S.C.

1454(b)), such as reforming special education and regular education teacher certification (including recertification) or licensing requirements and carrying out programs that establish, expand, or improve alternative routes for State certification of special education teachers.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State Educational Agencies. A State educational agency of one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the outlying areas (U.S.

Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Infants and toddlers with disabilities as defined in the IDEA and their families, and children with disabilities as defined in the IDEA and their parents benefit from this program.


Contact program office. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication 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 Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The regulations in 34 C.F.R. Part 80 (Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments) implement OMB Circular A-102. The standard application forms as furnished by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services must be used for this program. Information about submitting applications for this program can be found in the Notice Inviting Applications for this program for a particular fiscal year and in the approved application package. A notice inviting applications is generally published in the Federal Register annually, depending on the availability of appropriations for a particular fiscal year. Awards are made on a competitive basis based on the availability of funds. The regulations in 34 C.F.R. Part 74 (Administration of Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations) implement OMB Circular A-110. OMB Circular A-110 is not applicable to SEAs; however, it is applicable to SEA partners, such as institutions of higher education or other non-profit organizations.

Award Procedures

Applications are peer reviewed and grants are made on a competitive basis subject to the approval of the Assistant Secretary, OSERS.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended, Part D, Subpart 1, Section 651-655, 20 U.S.C 1451-1455.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


Not Applicable.


A continuation awards may be made annually for up to 5 years throughout the project period of an approved multi-year grant, depending upon the availability of appropriations and the OSERS Assistant Secretary?s determination that the grantee has made substantial progress in meeting the objectives of the approved application.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Typically from one to five years, subject to the availability of appropriations and the grantee's compliance with the requirements of the grant. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees must submit an annual performance report (APR) as required under EDGAR (34 CFR Part 80 §80.41 and 34 C.F.R.

Part 75, §75.720 74.50).

Final reports are made at the end of the project period.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress is monitored through the grantee's APR.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Program performance is monitored through APR.


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.


The grantee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under its grant, as stated in award terms and conditions.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $41,630,000; FY 17 est $38,630,000; and FY 18 est $38,630,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For 2015, the range of awards is expected to be between $500,000 and $1,750,000; the average award is expected to be about $1,000,000, excluding outlying areas.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

There are no implementing regulations for the State Personnel Development Grants program. However, annual Notices published in the Federal Register set out the regulatory requirements that are applicable to this program, and the Secretary considers only applications that conform to the published notice for this program.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Jennifer Coffey, Department of Education, OSERS Office os Special Education Programs, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: jennifer.coffey@ed.gov Phone: (202) 245-6673.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for selecting among grant applications will normally be selected from those in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR Part 75.210.

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