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Grants to Mississippi Professional Educators to
Conduct Reviews of Teacher Training Programs

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Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) - Office of Special Education

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06/16/21 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Mississippi professional educators to conduct reviews of special education teacher training programs used by IHEs within the state. Recipients will carry out research and developmental work, and conduct training courses and workshops for deans or chairs of educator preparation programs. The purpose of the program is to enhance the quality of educators within the field of special education.

The purpose of the Educator Preparation Program Specialist, Educator in Residence is to design, coordinate and conduct program review and approval of educator preparation programs for the state's colleges and universities (public and private institutions) with emphasis on preparation as related to Special Education.   

The goals of the Educator Preparation Program Specialist, EIR program are as follows:

  • Communicate information regarding program review and approval standards both orally and in writing to Deans/Chairs of educator preparation programs and all other pertinent educational stakeholders through means such as face-to face workshops/trainings and/or webinars.
  • Conduct research and developmental work related to the on-going improvement of program review and approval with an emphasis on Special Education for the purpose of improving educator quality. 

The Academic Content Lead will provide technical assistance for program review and approval to assist colleges and universities in ensuring education programs prepare candidates to serve students with disabilities whose academic and/or behavioral needs require specialized instruction within general and/or more intensive classroom settings.

It is the intent of the MDE to award funding to districts for the sole purpose of reimbursing the salary and fringe of selected individuals to serve as Educators in Residence (EIR).

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GrantWatch ID#: 196270

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This grant will be awarded in the amount up to $101,250 per year.

Term of Contract:

All grants will be awarded up to three (3) years contingent upon proper implementation of the proposed project and completion and submission of all required documentation and future appropriations.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must be a current employee of a Mississippi Public School District to be eligible for the Educator Preparation Program Specialist, Educator in Residence program.

In addition, the selected individual(s) for the position must meet the following criteria:

- Must have a Master’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university, AND (5) years in the special experience defined below, two (2) years must have included functional administrative or advanced technical assistance.


A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university, AND seven (7) years in the special experience defined below, four (4) years must have included line or functional administrative or advanced technical assistance.

- Must have a Valid Mississippi Educator Professional License
- Must have the following Experience:
(i) Employment must have been in an administrative, professional capacity in an area of work related to the division’s functional responsibility in which the position exists.
(ii) Work experiences include the ability to collaborate with a variety of stakeholders and to establish effective relationships with administrators and teachers.
(iii) Must have experience as a Special Education administrator, the ability to accomplish the mission of a department or bureau, and experience as a supervisor capable of coordinating major projects.

Applicants that previously received a grant award must be in good standing with MDE to receive a grant award through this RFA. To be in good standing, applicants must have an active and unrestricted DUNS number, submitted all final evaluation reports and data as required

The Educator Preparation Program Specialist must have knowledge of state statutes, State Board regulations related to educator preparation programs; program review and approval; K-12 requirements; and Title II requirements with emphasis on Special Education.

Pre-Application Information:

One (1) original application must be sealed and received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16,2021.

Tentative Timeline:
- May 18, 2021: RFA Issued
- May 27, 2021: Deadline for submitting questions
- June 3, 2021: Questions will be posted to the MDE website
- June 16, 2021: Applications due
- June 21- 25, 2021: Application review
- August 2021: State Board of Education approval

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure and verify with the mail carrier that the application package, in its entirety, is received by the deadline. Due to the periodic disruptions to normal mail delivery, applicants are strongly encouraged to use an alternative method (e.g., a commercial carrier such as Federal Express or UPS, U.S. Postal Service Express mail, or a courier service) to deliver application packages to the MDE.

The deadline for submitting written questions by email is Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Copies of all questions submitted, and responses will be posted to MDE’s website and will be available to the general public on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

Prior to applying, Applicant shall notify current employer (i.e., district Superintendent or district Human Resources Office) of their intent to apply to the Educator Preparation Program Specialist, Educator in Residence program. Applicant shall ensure the district is willing to participate in the grant program, if awarded, and the district Superintendent will review and sign all documents required by the grant.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Ship Applications (FedEx, UPS, etc.) to:

Monique Corley, Director
Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
Educator Preparation Program Specialist
Educator in Residence
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

(Please note: In person deliveries of applications will not be accepted or considered for an award.)

Submit written questions via email to

Contact: Robin Lemonis
Mississippi Department of Education
Office of Special Education
359 North West Street, Suite 111
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
Tel. No. for Educator Licensure Related Information: 601-359-3483
Tel. No. for General MDE Related Information: 601-359-3513

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