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Approximately $2,000,000 in federal Title II, Part A funding is available to support planning, implementation, and/or expansion of innovative, evidence-based teacher and principal/school leader residency models in Pennsylvania. Programs may be designed for undergraduate or post-baccalaureate candidates. Priority will be given to implementation/expansion grant proposals for residency models embedded in four-year undergraduate teacher preparation programs. (Note: This is planned to be the first of a multi-year grant program.) 

The Innovative Teacher and Principal Residency Programs application guidelines are established to provide direction to Pennsylvania certification program provider applicants interested in implementing/expanding existing residency models or planning new residency models in partnership with one or more high-need local education agency. 

This grant program includes two types of competitive funding opportunities for eligible partnerships: 1) Implementation/Expansion Grant; and 2) Planning Grant.

  • Maximum Award per Implementation/Expansion Grant: $750,000
  • Maximum Award per Planning Grant: $75,000

Note: Applicants may apply for either grant type and for either Principal or Teacher Residency Models. 

Applications submitted in response to these guidelines are limited to partnerships aimed at nurturing and sustaining high-quality relationships among and between teacher and/or principal preparation entities and local education agencies (LEAs) in high-needs areas. 

The following documents contain the guidelines and requirements for grant proposals:

Part I: Innovative Teacher and Principal Residency Programs Grant Application Guidelines (PDF) 
Parts II and III:  Innovative Teacher and Principal Residency Program Grant Application Requirements (PDF)

The following documents accompany the Guidelines:  

  1. Agreement to Participate in an Innovative Teacher and/or Principal Residency Program (PDE-3668) (Word) 
  2. Project Abstract – Rider B (PDE-3118) (Word) 
  3. Budget Projection (PDE-3113G) (Word) 
  4. Sample Budget Projection (Word) 
  5. Pre Proposal Conference Questions Stemming from Innovative Teacher and Principal Residency Program Grant Application Program Guidelines (PDE 4658) (Word) 
  6. Notification of Intent to Submit for Innovative Teacher and Principal Residency Programs Competition (PDE-4658A) (Word) 

To be considered for funding, all applications must be completed and submitted to PDE no later than 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.  The submission must be in the form and manner specified in Part II, Application Requirements, linked above.

Applicants are asked to notify the Issuing Office by June 15, 2018 of intent to submit an application by completing and mailing the “Notification of Intent to Submit an Application to Participate in Partnerships to Increase Diversity of and Expand Pennsylvania's Teacher and Principal Workforce in Critical Shortage Areas by Implementing Innovative Clinical Residency Programs” (PDE-4658A), linked above. Submission of the notification form carries no obligation to submit an application.

The following dates generally reflect the evaluation process and are subject to change by the Department.  These have been updated as of June 7, 2018.

Process Date

Guidelines Released

May 14, 2018

Written Questions for Pre-Proposal Webinar

May 29, 2018

Pre-Proposal Conference/Webinar
(a postponement from June 4, 2018)

June 11, 2018, 10:00 AM to Noon

Intent to Submit

June 15, 2018

Competitive Applications Due

June 27, 2018

Review and Scoring by Review Panel

June 28-July 2, 2018

Grant Recipients Notified/All Applicants Notified

July 9, 2018

Meeting with Grant Recipient(s)

July 23, 2018

Grant Award Contracts Prepared and Returned to PDE

July 27, 2018

Title II Part A Funds Expire

September 30, 2019

Submission of Quarterly Evaluation Reports to Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education

December 31, 2018
March 31, 2019
July 31, 2019

Participation in Quarterly Telephone Calls 

December 31, 2018
March 31, 2019
July 31, 2019

Grant Close Out

November 30, 2019

Submission of OMB Circular A-133 Audit Report

June 30, 2020

A pre-proposal webinar was held on Monday, June 11, 2018, from 10:00 to 12:00, to review the contents of the Guidelines posted above and address questions from prospective grantees. A recording and transcript of the webinar will be posted. Below are links to the slides used during the webinar and a document addressing questions from the field.

For more information, please contact: 
Stephanie Stauffer | Higher Education Associate 
Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality 
Division of Professional Education and Teacher Quality 
Pennsylvania Department of Education 
333 Market Street Harrisburg PA 17126 
Phone: 717.783.6763 | Fax: 717.783.6736