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2021 Advanced Placement (AP) Teacher Institutes Competitive Grant and Teacher Endorsement Authority

Grants to South Carolina School Districts and
IHEs for Specialized Instructional Certification

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South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE)

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02/25/21 4:30 PM EST Receipt


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Grants to South Carolina school districts and institutes of higher education to assist public school teachers in fulfilling the necessary requirements to teach higher-level courses. Funding is intended to provide teachers with the specific endorsement and authorization that will enable them to teach Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The SCDE requires applicants to use an online format delivery for the AP Teacher Institutes, rather than the traditional and hybrid formats, to reach more educators located in rural areas of the state and serve as a safeguard for participants during the COVID–19 pandemic.

The purpose of the AP Teacher Institutes is to provide South Carolina public school teachers with the special endorsement to teach an AP course as required in S.C. Code Ann. Reg. 43-258.1. Teachers who successfully complete an AP Teacher Institute will be awarded special AP endorsement in the specific AP class area.

Applicants must propose to provide AP Teacher Institutes in subject areas outlined by the College Board to provide initial training for newly assigned AP teachers. The institute should prepare teachers to implement the AP class effectively according to College Board requirements, provide a depth of content knowledge in the specific subject area, and provide effective instructional strategies for teaching AP students.

Authorized Activities:

  1. Applicants must propose to provide an institute for initial training of public school AP teachers.
  2. Each institute will meet the minimum requirement of at least 30 contact hours.
  3. Institutes are encouraged to offer a supplement to each course which will allow teachers to earn 3 graduate credit hours.
  4. Once the institute has been announced to school districts, the grantee will coordinate all paperwork pertaining to registration. The grantee must give priority for registration to teachers currently teaching AP courses or those assigned to teach AP courses.
  5. Travel must receive prior approval by the SCDE.

For this funding round, the SCDE will give priority to AP Teacher Institutes that propose to provide any of the following subject areas found at

Statutory Requirements can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177740

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Last year, funding per institute ranged from $13,100 to $17,788, which provided face-to-face instruction. Award ranges may be lower this year due to the delivery format requirement.

Term of Contract:

The grantfunding period will be March 15, 2021, through June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
Any of South Carolina’s public or private institutions of higher education (IHEs) and any school district (or a consortium of districts) working in collaboration with a state public or private IHE are eligible to apply. For a school district to be eligible, the district must have a fully executed letter of agreement or memorandum of understanding (MOU) with an IHE to offer the institute and must include a copy of the agreement as an attachment to their application.

To be eligible, the IHE, district(s), or consortium must obtain College Board endorsement for the proposed institute(s) prior to submitting an application. The SCDE will verify the endorsement prior to making grant awards.

Unauthorized Activities:
The following activities are not allowed under this program:
- Participant travel, including room and board;
- Participant fees, including medical, recreation, and parking;
- Application fees;
- Fees associated with out-of-state master teachers not pre-approved by SCDE; and
- Fees associated with current SC master teachers that will not maintain the designation throughout the period of performance.

The AP Teacher Institute grant does not provide indirect costs or funds for administrative charges. Grant funds may not be used for new construction; travel or room and board for participants; college or university application fees; medical, recreation, parking, or other fees; and purchases that do not directly support the approved work plan. Individual budget items may not exceed the limits specified in “allowable costs” above. Travel expenditures for the master teacher or the College Board Consultant are unallowable due to the online format of the AP Teacher Institutes.

AP Teacher Institute grant funds must supplement, not supplant, existing services and may not be used to supplant federal, state, local, or other funds. Institutes may not use grant funds to pay for existing levels of services funded from any other sources.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The SCDE’s Office of Standards and Learning will offer a technical assistance webinar via Adobe Connect on February 8, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. to assist eligible applicants in understanding this program and applying for this grant. No password is required. Participants should enter their full names when logging in. Participants will be able to log in 30 minutes prior to the start time to test their audio settings and download/print handouts. Participation is not mandatory in order to submit an application but is highly recommended

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Pre-Application Information:

- February 8, 2021, 10:30 a.m. EST: Technical assistance session via Adobe Connect.
- February 25, 2021, 4:30 p.m. EST: Deadline for receipt of applications.
- March 2021: Notification of awards; required grantee meeting; AP Teacher Institutes information on SCDE web site.
- March 15, 2021: Funding period begins.
- June 30, 2021: Funding period ends.
- August 15, 2021: Final fiscal and programmatic reports due.

No hard copy applications will be accepted. Applications delivered by hand, electronic mail (email), postal mail, or fax will not be accepted.

Applicants must provide their nine-digit Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) in the online application form. Applicants should contact their finance office for assistance with these items. The DUNS number is assigned by Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. (D&B) to identify unique business entities.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

For questions, contact:
- Programmatic Inquiries—Josie Stratton, 803-734-2782,
- RFP and Grant Related Inquiries—Monique Curry, 803-734-3641,

South Carolina Department of Education
Office of Standards and Learning
1429 Senate Street, Suite 602-B
Columbia, SC 29201

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