Compare State Teacher Policy Data

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Alabama

The state requires the Alabama Commission on Higher Education to implement a tuition grant program for certified teachers who add math, science, computer education, or other critical needs areas to their certificates. Such reimbursement may not exceed $4,000 per year.

Alaska

None

Arizona

None

Arkansas

The state has established a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Fund, whereby licensed math and science teachers teaching STEM subjects in K-12 may apply for a supplemental grant; however, this is not currently being funded.

California

Encourages employers to "provide incentives to teachers for accepting teaching assignments in areas of highest need"

Colorado

None

Connecticut

None; mortgage assistance for the purchase of a principal residence

Delaware

High Needs Educator Student Loan Payment Program: Teachers must have received a rating of at least "effective" on their most recent evaluation; awards must be at least $1,000 and may not exceed $2,000.

District of Columbia

Requires increased rates of pay above the minimum for categories of positions where it is extremely difficult to recruit at the minimum step rate of a salary schedule.

Florida

Must provide salary supplements for "certification and teaching in critical teacher shortage areas."

Georgia

Secondary math or science teachers are moved to the salary step on the state salary schedule that is applicable to six years of creditable service. Teachers at/above such step are attributed one additional year of creditable service for each year for five years. Elementary teachers who earn endorsements in math and science receive annual $1,000 stipends for up to five years. Teachers who meet or exceed student achievement criteria may continue to receive incentives.

Hawaii

New initiative provides additional compensation for teachers teaching special education and Hawaiian language immersion programs.

Idaho

None

Illinois

None

Indiana

Districts may provide a supplemental payment to teachers in excess of the salary specified in the compensation plan if they teach special education, science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

Iowa

None

Kansas

None

Kentucky

Teachers can earn additional compensation by teaching certain subjects. The state treasury has established a professional compensation fund to provide grants to districts using such programs. However, this is not currently being funded.

Louisiana

As part of the Critical Teacher Shortage Incentive Program, new teachers may earn $3,000 per year for the first four consecutive years of teaching. However, program is not currently being funded.

Maine

None

Maryland

Tuition reimbursement for retraining in the areas of math and science for those teaching at least two years following certification; a per diem stipend for those enrolled in an alternative teacher preparation program agreeing to teach math, science or special education for at least three years. However, this second program has never been funded.

Massachusetts

None

Michigan

None

Minnesota

Teachers in districts that participate in Q Comp are eligible for a stipend; amount not specified.

Mississippi

Loan forgiveness: $3,000 payable per year for up to a maximum of four years. However, this is not currently funded.

Missouri

None

Montana

Loan forgiveness, for up to a maximum of four years and not to exceed $3,000

Nebraska

Loan forgiveness, up to $6,000 annually

Nevada

Up to an additional $3,500 annually, for those teaching math, science, special education, English as a second language or "other area of need;" however, this is not currently funded.

New Hampshire

None

New Jersey

None

New Mexico

None

New York

Eligible for an annual award of $3,400, renewable each year for three additional years, per the Teachers of Tomorrow Teacher Recruitment and Retention Program

North Carolina

Highly qualified teaching graduates (GPA of at least 3.75 and an edTPA score of 48 or higher) who teach in the areas of special education, science, technology, engineering, or math offered a salary supplement during first two years of employment equivalent to two years of experience.

North Dakota

None

Ohio

Incentives for teachers to teach special education, science and math. Not currently implemented or funded.

Oklahoma

Districts are "encouraged to provide compensation schedules to reflect district policies and circumstances, including differential pay for different subject areas." Loan forgiveness is also available for teachers of math, science or other critical-needs areas.

Oregon

None

Pennsylvania

None

Rhode Island

None

South Carolina

Loan forgiveness

South Dakota

Dakota Corps Scholarship Program provides full tuition and reimbursement to selected qualified applicants who promise to enter a "critical need occupation."

Tennessee

Each district must implement a differentiated pay plan, which may include pay based on hard-to-staff subjects or schools, criteria for which is determined at the local level.

Texas

None

Utah

Up to an annual salary supplement of $4,100, for teachers of secondary math, integrated science (grades 7 and 8), chemistry, physics or computer science

Vermont

Loan forgiveness; however, program is not currently funded.

Virginia

Incentives for experienced middle school math teachers; competitive grants. Teaching Scholarship Loan Program provides financial support to those interested in pursuing a teaching career in one of the top five critical shortage teaching areas.

Washington

Loan forgiveness

West Virginia

Math and special education teachers are considered to have three additional years of experience on the salary schedule; state explicitly allows districts to further compensate teachers who teach shortage subjects. Loan forgiveness: up to $3,000 annually, with an overall cap of $15,000.

Wisconsin

None

Wyoming

None