Monday, April 12, 2010

Florida Senate Bill 6

Are Education Master's degrees dead in Florida if Governor Crist signs Senate Bill 6? Fair question so let's break it down. First, according a report by CRPE, only 37% of teachers had master's degrees in Florida because the salary bump averaged only $3,496. Second, an amendment allows performance evaluations to consider master's degrees - keeping them in the salary mix. Third, the bill doesn't take effect until the 2014 school year. And finally, it focuses on student achievement so if the master's degree program provides teachers the tools to improve student achievement, it can help teachers maximize their performance based pay.

So American College of Education is positioned correctly to continue to help Florida Teachers help students and maximize their earnings.
  1. The salary bump still pays for the master's degree in less than two years making it a great investment for Florida Teachers
  2. A master's will help in their annual evaluation - and help improve their teaching practice furthering their chances for solid raises
  3. Teachers have plenty of time to earn their master's and still earn the salary bump
  4. American College of Education master's are focused on providing the tools to improve student achievement

So the rumors of the demise of the master's degree are greatly exaggerated. Teachers can still realize solid benefits for earning their master's in education and ultimately, the students will see the win.