The Transition to Teaching program aims to bring highly qualified midcareer professionals into the field of teaching. The program provides competitive grants to state education agencies (SEAs), LEAs, and partnerships between for-profit or nonprofit organizations and SEAs or LEAs to recruit, train, and place teacher candidates with substantial career experience or recent college graduates to teach in high-need schools. Programs that provide alternative routes to certification must meet state certification or licensing requirements. In 2013, Congress appropriated $26 million to the program, and the Department of Education awarded the funds to 50 continuing grants. The average award was $518,000. The President’s 2013 Budget Request does not include funding for Transition to Teaching and would fold it in with other teacher effectiveness programs under proposed program consolidations.