Special Education - Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities

The purposes of this program are to (1) help address State-identified needs for highly qualified personnel--in special education, related services, early intervention, and regular education--to work with infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the necessary
skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through scientifically based research and experience, to be successful in serving those children.

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
East Carolina University $ 1,250,000   2017-10-012023-12-31
Arizona State University $ 1,250,000   2017-08-012023-12-31
University Of Northern Colorado $ 1,219,844   2017-10-012023-09-30
Pennsylvania State University, The $ 1,250,000   2017-10-012023-09-30
Salus University $ 1,122,578   2017-10-012023-09-30
Seton Hall University $ 1,230,342   2017-10-012023-09-29
University Of Massachusetts $ 1,249,995   2017-10-012023-09-29
Pennsylvania State University, The $ 1,250,000   2017-08-152023-08-14
University Of Kansas Center For Research, Inc. $ 1,198,226   2016-08-012023-07-31
University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill $ 1,249,308   2016-08-012023-07-31

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

Funds must be used to prepare personnel to serve children with both low and high-incidence disabilities, leadership personnel, and for special projects.

Awards are made only to eligible applicants that meet State and professionally recognized standards for the preparation of special education and related services personnel, if the purpose of the project is to assist personnel in obtaining degrees.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State educational agencies, local education agencies, public charter schools that are LEAs under State law, institutions of higher education, other public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, outlying areas, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, and, if approved by the Secretary, for-profit organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities are the primary beneficiaries under this program.


OMB Circulars A-21, A-122, and A-87 may apply to grantees under this program depending on the grantee. 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.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed and evaluated by outside experts and program staff, in accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) (34 CFR 75, Subpart D).


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


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part D, Subpart 2, Section 662, 20 U.S.C 1462.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


Not Applicable.


As required by EDGAR, awards may be renewed annually for up to five years throughout the project period of the award, if the recipient has made substantial progress in meeting the goals of the project, subject to the availability of appropriations. (See 34 CFR 75.253).

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: A recipient of a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement may be required to share in the cost of a project. (See 20 U.S.C. 1482 (a)(2)(A).). MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Typically from one to five years. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Progress reports shall be made on an annual basis.

Final reports shall be made at the end of the project period.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Grantees must submit an annual performance report (APR) as required under EDGAR 34 CFR 74.51-53.

Expenditure reports are monitored through the APR.

Performance reports are monitored through the 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.


As required by EDGAR, the awardee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under its award, as stated in grant or contract terms and conditions. Generally, records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be maintained for a period of five years after completion. (34 CFR 74.53 and 34 CFR 75.730-732).

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $83,700,000; FY 17 est $83,700,000; and FY 18 est $83,700,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range and average vary by competition.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

34 CFR Part 304, Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR 74, 75, 77,79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Bonnie Jones, Department of Education, OSERS Office of Special Education Programs, Potomac Center Plaza, 550 12th Street, SW, , Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: bonnie.jones@ed.gov Phone: (202) 245-7395.

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, and announced in the application package or the application notice in the Federal Register.

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