Teacher Quality Partnership Grants

To improve student achievement; improve the quality of new and prospective teachers by improving the preparation of prospective teachers and enhancing professional development activities for new teachers; hold teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education (IHEs) accountable for preparing
highly qualified teachers; and recruit highly qualified individuals, including minorities and individuals from other occupations, into the teaching force.
Related Programs84.325 Special Education - Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with DisabilitiesExamples of Funded Projects

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

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
Miccosukee Corporation $ 7,856,938   2012-07-012023-09-30
Western Michigan University $ 1,562,715   2020-10-012022-09-30
Cal Poly Corporation $ 568,501   2020-10-012022-09-30
University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill $ 795,747   2020-10-012022-09-30
Montclair State University $ 1,308,926   2020-10-012022-09-30
Texas A & M University $ 2,691,580   2020-10-012022-09-30
Voorhees College $ 2,353,972   2020-10-012022-09-30
Three Rivers Education Foundation $ 2,992,257   2020-10-012022-09-30
University Of West Alabama $ 2,277,994   2020-10-012022-09-30
Alder Graduate School Of Education $ 2,511,941   2020-10-012022-09-30

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

Awards may be used to reform teacher preparation programs through either the Pre-Baccalaureate or fifth year initial licensing Program and/or the Teaching Residency Program.

Additionally, funded programs have the option of implementing a School Leadership Program as well as establishing a Partnership with a Digital Education Content Developer.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States and partnerships that consist of at least one institution of higher education, a school, department or program of education within the partner institution, one school of arts and sciences within the partner institution, one high-need local educational agency, and a high-need school or a consortium of high-need schools served by the high-need local educational agency.

A high-need local educational agency; is an agency that serves an elementary school or secondary school located in an area containing: (1) A high percentage of individuals or families with incomes below the poverty line, (2) a high percentage of secondary teachers not teaching in the content area that they were trained to teach, or (3) a high teacher turnover rate.

An accredited institution of higher education, with a teacher training program must demonstrate the following: (A) A graduate from the teacher training program exhibits strong performance on State-determined qualifying assessments for new teachers through demonstrating that 80 percent or more of the graduates of the program intending to enter the field of teaching have passed all of the applicable State qualification assessments for new teachers including an assessment of each prospective teacher's subject matter knowledge in the content area or areas in which the teacher intends to teach; (B) be ranked among the highest-performing teacher preparation programs in the State as determined by the State; (C) the teacher training program requires all the students of the program to participate in intensive clinical experience that meets high academic standards in the case of secondary candidates to successfully complete an academic major in the subject area in which the candidate intends to teach; (D) competence through a high level of performance in relevant content area; (F) successful completion of an academic major in the arts and sciences in the case of elementary school candidates, or (G) competence through a high level of performance in core academic subjects areas.

(Note: Entities that may constitute a partnership are specifically listed in the Law.).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Students in high-need schools and school districts are the primary beneficiaries.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

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

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. In any fiscal year in which funds are available for new awards, the Department of Education publishes a notice in the Federal Register inviting applications and establishing a deadline date.

Award Procedures

Peer review panels composed of representatives from public and private higher education, State and local educational agencies with expertise in teacher education are designated to review applications.


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


Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title II, Part A.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Notification usually is made within four months of the deadline for submission of applicants.


Not Applicable.


Applications for renewal of multi-year projects are processed and funded before those for new projects. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: This program has statutory requirements as follows: eligible partnerships are required to match 100 percent of the grant. Eligible partnerships may submit a request to waive the 100 percent match requirement for the first two years of the grant. The Secretary has the authority to grant this waiver to eligible partnerships as authorized under section 203(c)(2) of the HEA, as amended. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are awarded for a performance period of five years, subject to the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for direct grant programs (34 CFR 75).

Generally, annual financial and progress reports must be submitted as required by grant award terms and conditions.

No cash reports are required.

Annual progress reports are required as part of the submittal of form ED 524B.

Annual expenditure reports are required as part of the submittal of for ED 524B.

Staff also monitor drawdowns using agency financial reports.

Annual performance monitoring is required as part of the submittal of for ED 524B.


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.


Records supporting claims under a grant must be maintained for 5 years after termination of the awards.

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-0201-0-1-502; 91-0204-0-1-501.


(Project Grants) FY 16 $43,092,000; FY 17 est $43,052,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

An average award is $1.5 million per year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Contact the Program Office for additional information.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Venita Richardson Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Teacher Quality Programs, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: venita.richardson@ed.gov Phone: (202)260-2614

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Contact the Program Office for this information.

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