Transition to Teaching grant: Project mNET

Project mNET (Mobilizing National Educator Talent) is an innovative, nontraditional national teacher preparation program helping individuals attain full state certification as a core academic teacher in high need, hard-to-staff school districts. Project mNET teachers serve for at least three years in either a P-12 public school district, an independent, or charter school in one of 14 partner locations: Kansas, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia.

Led by The Ohio State University as a part of a federal Department of Education Transition to Teaching grant, this consortium’s diverse partners include nine colleges/universities with education, mathematics, science, and engineering programs; eight state departments of education; 58 local educational agencies; and five non-profit organizations that collaboratively contribute to mNET’s scope of work.

Project mNet in the District of Columbia:

Educational Solutions, LLC serves at the site manager for the District of Columbia portion of the mNET project. As the site manager, Educational Solutions, LLC is responsible for coordinating with participating universities (The Catholic University of America, The George Washington University, American University, University of the District of Columbia, and Trinity Washington University), local educational agencies (District of Columbia Public Schools, Eagle Academy Public Charter School, Center City Public Charter School, Bridges Public Charter School, Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School, Education Strengthens Families Public Charter School, Maya Angelou Public Charter School, Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School, Perry Street Prep Public Charter School, Mundo Verde Public Charter School, D.C. Bilingual Public Charter School, and Options Public Charter School), and other partners to recruit teachers.

If teachers meet program criteria, they can be eligible for up to $5000 towards pursuing certification (including funds for Master’s or certification programs, Praxis preparation courses, books, etc.). In addition, participating teachers and school leaders are given access to Ohio State’s innovative virtual learning community that includes eModules, eCoaching, content packages, and classroom management/assessment strategies.

To apply to the mNET Transition to Teaching project in Washington, D.C., contact the project director (Ronnie Singer) at or contact Educational Solutions, LLC at 703-312-5300.

Receive $5000 towards your certification or Master’s program

The Transition to Teaching Program

What is it? What are the other benefits?
The Transition to Teaching Program is a federally funded grant that provides educators (who meet eligibility requirements) opportunities to attain full state licensure within three (3) years.  This program is available to select D.C. Public & Public Charter Schools & is currently seeking candidates for its first cohort for school year 2012-2013.Individuals who meet program requirements will be eligible to receive a $5,000 stipend to use towards their certification or master’s coursework at one of the following institutes of higher education:

  • American University
  • Catholic University of America
  • George Washington University
  • Trinity University
  • University of the District of Columbia – Urban Teacher Academy
  • Attain full state licensure (Regular II) within three years
  • Get induction support through e-mentoring and e-coaching for the first three years of teaching using a blended approach of online and face-to-face
  • Receive technical support to identify required licensure requirements
  • Obtain technical support for the integration of technology in the classroom and through instructional practice in both the Virtual Learning Environment and mobile devices
Who is eligible? What are the requirements?
Candidates for ALL grade levels are eligible if they work in a high need area (e.g., special education, English as a second language, math, reading, English, language arts, science, social studies, art, geography, history, economics, civics, foreign languages) if they are:

  • New graduates (holding undergraduate degrees that ARE NOT in the area of education) with less than three (3) years teaching experience.
  • Paraprofessional educators (i.e., instructional assistants who may be holding undergraduate degrees but NOT in the area of education) with at least two (2) years’ experience in the classroom and postsecondary education OR demonstrated competence in a field or academic subject for which there is a significant shortage of qualified teachers.
  • Mid-career switchers (holding undergraduate degrees that ARE NOT in the area of education) who have had least five years’ experience or more than three years out of college.
  • Commit to participate for 3 years.
  • Adhere to university requirements for enrollment and successful completion of coursework.
  • Pursue and complete certification program or master’s degree within 3 years in a high need area.
  • Pass Praxis II exams.
  • Apply for and receive state licensure within 3 years.
  • Become/remain a teacher of record in DC for at least 3 years.
  • Participate in an online training session to learn about e-resources and e-coaching.
  • Utilize e-modules and support packages.
  • Attend live PD sessions relevant to your area of certification.
  • Forward an e-copy of a current resume with education history and work experience to Ronnie Singer via email at

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For questions and additional information, please call:  703-312-5300 or send an email to

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