Teacher Education Initiatives

The following opportunities are currently available:

Teacher Education Competitive Grant Program

The Kansas Teacher Education Competitive Grant Program (KTECGP) was established through Kansas House Bill 2185 (2007) to increase the number of licensed teachers in hard-to-fill disciplines and/or underserved geographic areas of the state.

The Kansas Board of Regents administers this grant in which the six state universities and Washburn University are eligible to apply for funds.  Institutions may use grant funds to create a new teacher education program or expand an existing program and must match grant funds on the basis of $1 from the institution to every $2 received from the grant.  In the 2021 round, applicants were asked to create this program in partnership with at least one Kansas community college to develop new transfer pathways for future educators.   

This initiative, which provides resources to institutions, is contingent upon funds available in the Teacher Service Scholarship Program, which provides financial support for students pursuing teaching careers in Kansas.  The chart below outlines the projects and funds awarded.

Grant programs will be reviewed each January and funds are reallocated based on each program's success & areas of growth.


PROJECT-Target areas & Community College Partners

Amount Awarded for AY2021-22

Amount Awarded for AY2022-23


Emporia State University

-Tiffany Hill, Sara Schwerdtfeger & Todd Roberts

Fellowship for Acceleration to Student Teaching (FAST) 

-Elementary Education

Butler Community College & Johnson County Community College 

$86,000 $106,000   

Fort Hays State University 

- Matthew Clay

Classroom to Classroom (C2C) 

-Elementary & Special Education.  Recruiting & placing teachers in underserved areas

Barton Community College & Dodge City Community College

$144,264 $36,854   

Kansas State University

- F. Todd Goodson

Project TRUST (Training for Rural & Urban Teachers)

-Elementary Education in Rural & Urban school districts

Kansas City Kansas Community College & Seward County Community College

$160,135 $140,135   

Pittsburg State University

- Jean Dockers

Elementary Education Unified Para-to-Teach Project (EEU Para2Teach)

 -Special Education, Elementary Education

Fort Scott Community College, Independence Community College & Neosho Community College 

$36,854 $144,264   

Washburn University

- Cherry O. Steffen

Paraprofessionals to Teachers Program (PTP)

-Special Education & STEM

Barton Community College

$36,854  $36,854  
  Total:  $464,107  $464,107  

Questions about the Teacher Education Competitive Grant Program may be directed to:

Tara Lebar
Associate Director, Academic Affairs 
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Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship

This service obligation scholarship program provides financial assistance to both students pursuing bachelor's or master's degree programs and currently licensed teachers pursing endorsement in hard-to-fill disciplines or master's degrees in hard-to-fill disciplines or either group planning to teach (K-12) in an under-served geographic area in Kansas. Access more information and application details. Earn up to $5,830 per year!

Questions about the Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship may be directed to:

Jamie Whitmore
Student Financial Aid Specialist
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Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title II

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) TITLE II: Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals and Other School Leaders (formerly Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program)

All Title II funds are awarded to each state plan which, in Kansas, is through the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE).