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Special Education - State Personnel Development

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Special Education - State Personnel Development


Federal Agency




Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part D, Subpart 1.






To assist State educational agencies in reforming and improving their systems for personnel preparation and professional development of individuals providing early intervention, educational and transition services, to improve results for children with disabilities.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used to address the objectives of the program.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State educational agencies.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities and their families benefit from this program.




Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is covered under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as a single point of contact in his or her State to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedure

The standard application forms as furnished by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program.

Award Procedure

Applications are peer and made on approval of the Assistant Secretary, OSERS.


Deadlines are published in application notices in the Federal Register and may be accessed through the Department of Education website at

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Range is from 90 to 120 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Typically from one to five years, subject to the availability of appropriations.


Post Assistance Requirements


Progress reports are made on an annual basis. Final reports are made at the end of the project period.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


The awardee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under its grant, as stated in award terms and conditions.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $50,146,000; FY 08 est $22,598,000; and FY 09 est $48,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In fiscal year 2007, awards ranged from $500,000 to $2,200,000 with an average award of about $1,000,000.


Program Accomplishments

Approximately 47 projects received funding under this program in FY 2008.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature



Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Education, OSERS Office of Special Education Programs 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Rm 4019 PCP, Washington, DC 20202-2600. Contact: Larry Wexler. E-mail:; Telephone: (202) 245-7571.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

84.027, Special Education-Grants To States
84.173, Special Education-Preschool Grants
84.181, Special Education-Grants For Infants And Families
84.324, Research In Special Education
84.325, Special Education - Personnel Development To Improve Services And Results For Children With Disabilities
84.327, Special Education-Technology And Media Services For Individuals With Disabilities
84.328, Special Education-Parent Information Centers
84.329, Special Education-Studies And Evaluations
84.326, Special Education-Technical Assistance And Dissemination To Improve Services And Results For Children With Disabilities
84.373, Special Education-Technical Assistance On State Data Collection


Examples of Funded Projects

The Department awarded new grants in fiscal years 2006 and 2007 to applicants that proposed projects to prepare teachers, para-professionals, administrators, related services personnel, and principals to deliver scientifically based instruction or evidence-based instructional practices; and to recruit and retain highly qualified teachrs who are prepared to deliver scientifically based instruction or evidence-based instruction in order to improve results for children with disabilities.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for selecting among grant applications will normally be selected from those in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR Part 75.210.


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