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U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $6.8 Million in Transition to Teaching Grants, Bringing New Teachers to Schools Needing Them Most


The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a total of $6,857,548 to 14 teacher training programs through the department’s Transition to Teaching program. The program supports efforts to recruit mid-career professionals and recent college graduates with degrees in areas other than education and then to help these recruits become teachers through alternative certification methods. The program emphasizes placing teachers in high-need schools.

“Some of the best teachers enter the field after years in other professions,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “This program will help more people who want to make that transition, and it helps connect schools with the greatest need with those new teachers.”

Programs that are awarded grants develop and implement comprehensive efforts to train, place and support teacher candidates, either through existing or alternative paths to teacher certification.

A list of grantees and grants is provided below. For more information about this program, please see

California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson -- $642,686
Fresno Unified School District, Fresno -- $450,000
Oakland Unified School District, Oakland -- $415,200

Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa -- $450,000

Georgia Professional Standards Commission, Atlanta -- $755,499
DeKalb County School System, Decatur -- $368,944

East St. Louis School District 189, East St. Louis -- $469,323

Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, Bowling Green -- $306,646

University of Maryland, College Park -- $447,649

Mississippi State University, Starkville -- $608,123

New Jersey:
William Patterson University, Wayne -- $669,782

New York:
New Visions for Public Schools, New York City -- $444,204

North Carolina:
Guilford County Schools, Greensboro -- $388,979

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison -- $440,513


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