Georgia to institute new requirements for master's degree-holding teachers
The state of Georgia is preparing to institute new rules regarding pay raises for teachers who have earned master's degrees, reports The Associated Press.
Under the terms of the new guidelines, teachers will be able to qualify for the current $6,000 annual pay raise for those with master's degrees only if their degrees come from programs endorsed by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education or the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. In addition, degrees from prestigious universities that have not been accredited by these organizations will still be honored at the state's discretion.
Those who have earned master's degrees from unaccredited programs - or have enrolled in a program to do so - prior to July 15 of this year will still be able to qualify for the pay raise.
"We believe in the value of advanced degrees and we believe that educators should be compensated for the completion of meaningful, relevant and rigorous advanced degrees," Kelly Henson, the head of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, told the news source.
Tim Callahan, a spokesman for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), said that the guidelines are a good way to ensure teacher quality.
According to its website, PAGE is the largest teacher advocacy organization in the state, representing 81,000 educators.
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