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There were no competitions in FY 2011 through FY 2016 for either component of this program, and therefore no new grants were awarded. There are no plans for future TCT grant competitions.

Last competition: FY 2010 for the Programs for Master's Degrees, CFDA 84.381B
Deadline for transmittal of applications: July 30, 2010

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Current Application

Please note that the FY 2010 competition for the Teachers for a Competitive Tomorrow Program is closed. The archived applications below should be used for reference only.

Below are the "Application Instructions" documents that were published in e-Grants for the FY 2010 competition. The forms required to complete this package are not available in this document. Those forms are only available in e-Grants while an application is available for submission. For your reference, the Department has provided a forms library. Some of the forms referenced in this document may be found in the forms library.

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The Programs for Master's Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, or Critical Foreign Language Education (TCT-M) is a discretionary grant program that was authorized by the America COMPETES Act in August of 2007.

Program requirements: Grantees are required to:

  • Promote effective teaching skills so that program participants become more effective science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or critical foreign language teachers;
  • Prepare teachers to assume leadership roles in their schools;
  • Provide high-quality research, laboratory, or internship experiences that are integrated with coursework;
  • Provide student teaching or other clinical classroom experiences;
  • Include strategies for improving student literacy;
  • Align the content knowledge in the master's degree programs with challenging student academic achievement standards and challenging academic content standards established by the State in which the program is conducted;
  • Encourage participation of individuals who are members of groups underrepresented in teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or critical foreign languages; members of the Armed Forces transitioning to civilian life; and teachers teaching in schools determined by the partnership to be most in need;
  • Offer tuition assistance, based on need, as appropriate;
  • Create opportunities for enhanced and ongoing professional development; and
  • Evaluate and report on the impact of the program.

Period of Grant: Not to exceed five years.

Matching Requirement: Each eligible recipient that receives a grant under this part shall provide, from non-Federal sources, an amount equal to 50 percent of the amount of the grant (which may be provided in cash or in-kind) to carry out the activities supported by the grant.

Supplement Not Supplant Provision: Grant funds provided under this part shall be used to supplement, and not supplant, other Federal or State funds.

Application Contact

Freddie Cross, Ph.D.
Teachers for a Competitive Tomorrow
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Room 6W241
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202) 453-7224

If you use a TDD, call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339


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