Educator Workforce Shortage Grants Announced

COLUMBUS, Ohio (2022-03-29) — 

Funding awards totaling $5.2 million have been announced as part of a comprehensive statewide effort to address educator shortages in Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) announced the collaborative awards today as the result of the Addressing Educator Shortages in Ohio Grant Program. Awards totaling $5.2 million will be shared among 29 four-year public and independent colleges and universities that have Chancellor-approved educator preparation programs, including those in collaboration with school districts, Educational Service Centers, and community colleges. 

Awards will help to address immediate needs within the profession, targeting populations that could enter the workforce within one or two years and awardees that will collaborate with community college partners to recruit candidates for educator preparation programs. Many awardees are also focused on specific high-need areas such as special education and STEM disciplines. Grant funds will be prioritized for student scholarships and other direct student supports to increase educator workforce enrollments. 

“This program will help remove barriers for individuals looking to begin a career in education while fulfilling a workforce need in critical areas such as STEM instruction and special education,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. 

“These funds will spur innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing the educator shortage in Ohio,” Chancellor Randy Gardner said. “The awards will fund a diverse group of programs at public and independent colleges and universities in every region of Ohio to increase the pipeline of licensed educators that we know our communities and school districts need.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Ohio Department of Higher Education to support and encourage postsecondary students to seek careers in education professions,” Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction Stephanie Siddens said. “Ohio has amazing educators who are making a difference in the lives of students every day. This is an exciting opportunity to increase the number of high-quality teachers and professionals in Ohio schools.”

Additional information on the grant process and funding is available at https://www.ohiohighered.org/educator-shortages.

About the Ohio Department of Higher Education

The Ohio Department of Higher Education is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency’s main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education’s contributions to the state and its citizens.

 

About the Ohio Department of Education

The Ohio Department of Education is a diverse team of passionate, education-focused professionals dedicated to fulfilling the vision established in Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for education. The vision is, “In Ohio, each child is challenged to discover and learn, prepared to pursue a fulfilling post-high school path and empowered to become a resilient, lifelong learner who contributes to society.” Ensuring this vision for each of Ohio’s 1.7 million students, in partnership with more than 240,000 educators across the state, is no small feat. Under the leadership of the superintendent of public instruction and governed by the State Board of Education, Department team members, in collaboration with a wide range of partners, are sharply focused on helping schools and districts continually improve to be the best they can be for each child. Equity and impact are core to every program, service and action. The Department’s work is well regarded both in Ohio and nationally for its innovative, leading-edge and forward-looking approach. When the Department succeeds, students succeed, communities succeed and Ohio succeeds.

Contact Information: 

Ohio Department of Higher Education Contact:
Jeff Robinson
Office: 614.752.9487
Email: jrobinson@highered.ohio.gov

 

Ohio Department of Education Contact:
Lacey Snoke
Office: 614.728.5959
Email: lacey.snoke@education.ohio.gov

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