Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Masters +30 and Senior Career Teacher Salary Upgrades for PFT Members



Fellow PFT members:

Don’t let your salary losses accumulate more than they have to (see this chart compiled by the Caucus of Working Educators). You can move up a lane IMMEDIATELY to Masters +30 and, once you hit your 10-year anniversary, submit your paperwork for Senior Career Teacher.

This will significantly help minimize the amount of money you may have lost during the status quo contract freeze from 2013-17 and help you recoup much of that salary. There is a loophole in our newest Collective Bargaining Agreement - so make sure to take advantage!

You can examine the current Salary Schedule here.
(If you are not sure what salary schedule you are at, you can either multiply BASE pay on your paycheck by 21.7 or click here to go to the District's Open Data and search for your name under Employee Information. All of our salaries are public information.)

You can examine the District's requirements and protocol (both Masters + 30 and Senior Career) for Salary Upgrades here.

Once you have completed enough graduate credits (90 credits above your Bachelors, after having obtained a Masters) for Senior Career then make sure you have dual certification. You can view Teaching Certificates offered in PA here (Note: K-12 Certificates already pre-qualify as dual cert.)

You can register for your Praxis Exam here.

Finally, the following is just a short list of online courses priced under $400 for 3 credits. If you find more, please leave them in the comments section for others to see and so that I can edit this list as time goes on.


MAKE SURE TO VERIFY THAT A UNIVERSITY IS ACCREDITED BY CLICKING HERE AND SEARCHING FOR THE INSTITUTION PRIOR TO ENROLLMENT!


  • Andrews, Greenville, and Loyola Marymount through Advancement Courses (3 Graduate credits for $449) Up to 15% discount until July 14th using promo code SUM10 (10% for 1 or 2 courses) or SUM15 (15% for 3+ courses) https://www.advancementcourses.com/
  • Augustana, Colorado St. Pueblo, Lourdes, Marygrove, Pacific Lutheran through Learners Edge (3 Graduate credits for $425) Get $70 off each course until July 30th using promo PHLSDSU1707 (ordering one course) or PHLSDSU1754 (order two or more) http://www.learnersedgeinc.com/





6 comments:

  1. What the heck is the loophole? Getting advancement credit to go from Masters to +30 or whatnot isn't a loophole.

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    1. You can apply for SCT after 10 years of SERVICE in the district. Traditionally, this meant hitting step 10 or higher - but because of the frozen contract, it is possible to be on only step 6, but still have 10 years of SERVICE in the district. If you are in that situation (and many are) this is a way to get an over $20,000 raise in one year and recoup many of your losses without having to wait until 2020 in order to reach the top salary through simple step increases.

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  2. Thank you for this great post! And, thank you for your contributions pre- contract that I firmly believe helped lead to these events!

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  3. Can I use graduate credits earned during AP summer institute towards Senior Career Teacher's credits?

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    1. If they are from an accredited university and printed as credits on an official transcript, then yes.

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