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Download the 2023 RFA

The submission period for this RFA has expired.

The Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children is calling for applications to implement sustainable improvements in Ohio’s personnel preparation system for teachers and administrators, and contribute to the effectiveness of a professional learning system able to support the individual and collective capacity building of educators for meeting the instructional needs of all students, including those identified as students with a disability; students who are racially, culturally, and ethnically minoritized; students who are multi-lingual learners, and other traditionally marginalized groups of learners.

All Ohio four-year institutions of higher education (IHEs) with accredited teacher and/or administrator preparation programs are eligible to apply.

Funding for this round of incentive grants will support two priorities: (1) the development and implementation of blended/inclusive teacher preparation programs leading to dual licensure in general and special education; and (2) demonstration models to recruit, support, retain, & sustain BIPOC educators through IHE-district partnerships.

Priority 1: Development and Implementation of Blended/Inclusive Teacher Preparation Programs Leading to Dual Licensure
The priority provides for two focus areas: (A) revision and (B) development

Priority 2: Demonstration Models to Recruit, Support, Retain, & Sustain Educators from Racially, Culturally, and Ethnically Minoritized Groups through IHE-District Partnerships
The priority provides for two focus areas: (A) developmental and (B) expansion/extension

Proposals submitted in response to the new RFA will be due on June 2, 2023 with notification to successful applicants on or before June 30, 2023. We anticipate that funded projects would begin on/around July 1, 2023.

In order to be eligible to apply under this competition, IHEs must attend a virtual bidders’ conference, which will be held on May 2 at 12:00 pm. Note that while interested IHEs must send a representative to the bidders’ conference, that representative does not have to be the prospective principal/co-principal investigator.

The virtual meeting took place May 2, 2023.

Proposals will be accepted beginning at noon on June 8 through this website and will be considered using a two-phase panel review process.

Use the links below to download a copy of the request for application (RFA) and required downloadable forms.

RFA April 2023 RFA - Budget Sheet 2023 RFA - Applicant Information Sheet 2023

Resources for Prospective Applicants
These resources, which include sample syllabi and four-year plans, are being provided as examples that might be helpful to prospective Priority 1 applicants.

Sample Blended Syllabi   Sample Four Year Plans

To submit a question to the Compact Core Team about the RFA and/or application process, click here.

To read previously submitted and answered questions, click here.


  • RFA Release: April 20, 2023
  • Virtual Bidders Conference: May 2, 2023
  • Application Deadline: June 2, 2023
  • Notification of Award: On or before June 30, 2023

~ Ohio Deans Compact ~

Improving the capacity of teacher education, educational leadership, and related services personnel preparation programs in Ohio to better prepare educators to effectively teach and support every child through collaborative inquiry, meaningful partnership, and collective action.