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The U.S. Department of Education (Department) released its Notice of Intent to Apply (NIA) for the Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) Grant Program through the Federal Register. (Please note that the full details of the application are included in the NIA.) For Fiscal Year 2020, the TQP grant program received a $7 million dollar increase from the Congress, raising the program to a $50.1 million funding level. (Thank you to all who advocate with AACTE in support of this program and increasing its funding!)

The TQP program is the only federal initiative dedicated to strengthening and transforming educator preparation at institutions of higher education while meeting the workforce needs of partner high-need schools and school districts. Designed for either undergraduate or graduate programs, teacher candidates will be prepared to teach in high-need fields and serve in high-need schools. For the graduate level TQP programs, grantees develop teacher residency programs. Grantees are required to provide at least 2 years of induction for program graduates and provide professional development to faculty and staff at the schools where the graduates are teaching.

For this grant cycle, the Department has named one absolute priority and two competitive preference priorities:

  • Absolute Priority – Applications must meet this priority to be considered for funding:

    Partnership Grants for the Establishment of Effective Teaching Residency Programs.
    (Graduate level TQP programs)
  • Competitive Preference Priorities – These priorities, if met, offer additional points in the review process:

    Spurring Investment in Qualified Opportunity Zones as designated by the Secretary of the Treasury under section 1400Z-1 of the Internal Revenue Code. 

Applications from New Potential Grantee

Key Deadlines

June 17, 2020 – Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply (not required, but encouraged)

July 2, 2020 – Deadline for Transmittal of Applications

September 15, 2020 – Deadline for Intergovernmental Review

While the NIA has been released, the Department intends to offer additional resources in support of those seeking to or considering applying for this opportunity, including four Pre-Application Webinars and resource documents that are moving through the Department clearance process.  Please visit the TQP Application webpage regularly to check for updates on resources, including the recorded webinars.


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Deborah Koolbeck

Senior Director of Government Relations, AACTE

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