The Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) program is a federal program authorized in Title II of the Higher Education Act. It supports the preparation of effective teachers for high-need schools and subject areas. Under this program, teacher preparation programs use funding to develop master's-level teaching residency programs or to reform undergraduate preservice preparation programs. This program is the federal government's only investment in reforming teacher preparation in institutions of higher education.
- Grantees are partnerships among institutions of higher education, high-need local education agencies, and high-need schools that work together to develop a pipeline of effective new teachers.
- Grantees are required to provide extensive clinical preparation to teacher candidates.
- Grantees must provide an induction program for graduates' first two years of teaching, at a minimum.
- Candidates participating in teaching residency programs are provided financial aid and commit to teach in high-need fields in the high-need district where they were prepared for at least three years.
- All candidates are prepared to teach students with disabilities, to teach English language learners, and to teach literacy strategies.
- Grantees are expected to maintain the reforms even after funding ends, and they must provide a 100% funding match.
To learn more about the program see the Teacher Quality Partnership Fact Sheet. Please contact Jon Gentile at
if you have any questions.