To receive a TEACH grant
To maintain eligibility during college
To maintain eligibility after college
To renew a TEACH grant

To receive a TEACH Grant*, you must meet the following criteria:

Current Programs:

  • Teacher Preparation Program with a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
    • Early Childhood Education (Birth–Grade 3)
    • Special Education (K-21)
  • M.S. in Educationwith a specialization in one of the following:
    • Elementary Reading and Literacy (PreK–6)
    • Elementary Reading and Literacy (PreK–6) (accelerated)
    • Elementary Reading and Mathematics (Grades K–6)
    • Mathematics (Grades K–6)
    • Mathematics (Grades 5–8)
    • Mathematics and Science (Grades K–8)
    • Science (Grades K–8)
    • Special Education (Non-Licensure) (Grades K–12)
    • Teaching English Language Learners (Grades K–12)
  • Certificate programs
    • Graduate Certificate in Special Education (Non-Licensure)
    • Graduate Certificate in Elementary Reading and Literacy
    • Graduate Certificate in Science (Grades K–8)

*Not applicable in all states. It remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with the out-of-state endorsement requirements for the state in which he or she seeks to be endorsed.

†Walden University’s teacher preparation program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching for licensure in Minnesota. Walden’s enrollment advisors can provide individuals with guidelines and other information about licensure. It remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with the out-of-state licensure requirements for the state in which he or she seeks to be licensed.

‡Please note: While Walden is regionally accredited, the M.S. in Education specializations listed in this section are not state approved and will not lead to initial licensure or endorsement in a state that requires the completion of a state approved program. Individuals entering the TEACH grant program are responsible for ensuring they can meet their state's licensure requirements upon graduation in order to teach in a high-need field and therefore satisfy the conditions of the grant.

Prospective Alabama students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-242-9935 or www.alsde.edu to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits.

Prospective Washington State students are advised to contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at 1-360-725-6320 or prof.educ@k12.wa.us to determine whether Walden’s programs in the field of education are approved for teacher certification or endorsement in Washington State. Additionally, teachers are advised to contact their individual school district as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

During college, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a degree-seeking student.
  • Take coursework necessary to complete teacher certification in a high-need field.
  • Some students enrolled in Walden’s Teacher Preparation Program with a M.A.T. must, in addition to the requirements above, maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA at Walden University.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. Graduate students need to maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA (some students enrolled in the Teacher Preparation Program with a Master of Arts in Teaching program are required to maintain at least a 3.25 at Walden) and need to meet the 67% completion rate.

In order to maintain grant status after graduation or otherwise ceasing enrollment in a grant-eligible program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete the TEACH Grant Exit Counseling within 30 days of graduating.
  • Serve as a full-time teacher in a low-income school, as a highly-qualified teacher, and in a high-need field for at least 4 years within 8 calendar years of leaving the program for which you received the TEACH Grant. For a listing of schools and teaching fields that qualify, visit the Nationwide List for the state in which you intend to teach.
  • Write to the Secretary of Education (within 120 days of completing or otherwise leaving the program of study for which the TEACH Grant was received) confirming that you are employed as a full-time teacher in accordance with the terms of the TEACH Grant, or you are not yet employed as a full-time teacher but intend to meet the terms of the TEACH Grant service agreement.
  • Upon completion of each year of teaching service, submit documentation of the service in the form of a certification by a chief administrative officer of the school.
  • Comply with all other terms, conditions, and requirements that the Secretary of Education determines to be necessary.

To renew your TEACH Grant, submit the following:

IMPORTANT REMINDER

Failure to complete the teaching service obligation, respond to requests for information, or properly document your teaching service or otherwise lose eligibility for the grant will cause the TEACH Grant funds received to be permanently converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan with interest.

For more information on the rules and regulations regarding this grant, please visit the Department of Education’s website at https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/index.action.

For more information about Walden’s eligible programs or meeting the TEACH Grant conditions, please email Walden’s certification officer at educlicensure@waldenu.edu.