4 Institutions Win New TQP Grants for Serving Rural Communities

Congratulations to the four newest recipients of federal Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grants! Coppin State University (MD), North Carolina A&T State University, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of West Alabama will share more than $5 million to improve the preparation of teachers through partnerships with 13 high-need, rural school districts.

The U.S. Department of Education yesterday announced the new 5-year grants, which will be divided among two partnerships with a prebaccalaureate preparation model and two others with residency-based models:

Grantee Name


FY 2016 Funding

Total Est. Funding

Coppin State University




North Carolina A&T State University




University of New Hampshire




University of West Alabama







One of the few federal investments in improving teacher preparation at institutions of higher education, TQP grants have supported 64 grantees since 2009 in innovative partnerships to prepare teachers for high-need communities. AACTE advocates for the program’s continued funding through the congressional appropriations process each year.

For more information on the announcement and the institutions selected, read the Department’s announcement.

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Zachary VanHouten

Manager of Programs and Advocacy, AACTE