State Programs - Supporting Future Teachers
CSFA Number: 586-71-2372
Agency Name
State Board Of Education (586)
Agency Contact
Alicia Harney and Morgan Lovelace
217-557-6763 and
Short Description
To provide funding to support qualified participants employed at school districts who are enrolled at least part time in a state approved teacher preparation program in obtaining the Professional Educator License.
Subject Area
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
Public Act 100-0982;
Objectives and Goals
Elevating Educators – Illinois’ diverse student population will have effective educators who are prepared through multiple pathways and are supported in and recognized for their efforts to provide each and every child an education that meets their needs.

Develop strong partnerships between districts and IHEs

Recruit and retain high ability teachers to meet specific district hiring needs.

Incentives for the district, IHE, educator participant, and the state in addressing the teacher shortage.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Grantees will be required to provide evidence of need, articulate the scope and substance of the partnerships, how the district and institution of higher education will work together to transition a student from the district into full or part-time enrollment in a preparation program, the process for tuition and fee support for the candidate, guarantee clinical teaching placements for the candidate, and, if available at the time of program completion, the promise of a teaching position in the district upon completion.
Eligibility Requirements
Districts that show proof of partnership with higher education institutions with state approved teacher prep programs, and employ qualified participants (see attached for definition of qualified participant).

"Qualified participant" means a high school graduate who:

(i) can demonstrate proficiency in a language other than

English or is a recipient of a State Seal of Biliteracy or, at

any one time during pre-kindergarten through grade 12, was

identified as a low-income student; and

(ii) is a member of the

community in which the participating school district is

Eligible Applicants
Education Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
Award Procedure: RFP released by agency, applications collected and scored, following merit based review process.
Assistance Consideration
Grants will be based on criteria established by ISBE and will be awarded based on need. Final amounts will be determined based upon submitted applications.
Post Assistance Requirements
Annual reporting must be completed per Public Act 100-0982 by district and ISBE
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
1. Adherence to all Illinois Compiled Statute and Illinois Administrative Code requirements for licensure.

2. The proposed partnership is high quality and allows for creation of a sustainable program.

3. Practices and approaches utilized demonstrate innovation as well as focus on elevating the teaching profession.
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2021 : $2,500,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities