Advanced Degree Salary Supplement Pay Information
for Instructional Personnel and School Administrators hired after July 1, 2011
The 2011 SB 736 Student Success Act addresses salary supplements for advanced degrees in the educator’s area of certification. The exact language reads as follows: “A District school board may not use advanced degrees in setting a salary schedule for instructional personnel or school administrators hired on or after July 1, 2011, unless the advanced degree is held in the individual’s area of certification and is only a salary supplement.”
The advanced degree supplement is not considered part of base pay.
What is Advanced Degree Pay?
According to the State Law that became effective July 1, 2011, instructional employees that are new to the District or that are rehired after a break in service may receive pay for advanced degrees provided the degree is held in an area of certification on their Florida Teaching Certificate.
What if I am not instructional?
How much does it pay?For eligible degrees above a Bachelor’s the supplement amount is as follows:
- Master's Degree $2,700
- Specialist Degree $4,000
- Doctorate Degree $5,000
Only one supplement is paid for the highest level eligible degree.
How do I qualify?To qualify for Advanced Degree Pay, the degree major must appear on the instructional employee’s Florida Teaching Certificate.
Some examples are:-Elementary Education - Biology-English - Chemistry
-Journalism - Reading
-Math - ESOL
-Spanish - Guidance and Counseling
-French - School Psychologist-ESENon-specific degree majors such as Curriculum and Instruction, Education or Teaching and Learning cannot be considered for Advanced Degree Pay unless they specify an area of concentration that matches the employee’s area of certification on their Florida Teaching Certificate.
What are the Florida Department of Education subject areas?
What do I do to receive Advanced Degree Pay?
If approved, the Certification Department will notify the Compensation Department. The Advanced Degree Pay will show as a supplement on your paycheck.
- Print and complete the Degree Supplement Form
- Submit the form to the Certification Department
- Submit official transcript showing degree awarded and the conferred date to the Certification Department, if the transcript is not already on file. We are not able to accept electronic transcripts or copies of transcripts.
What if I leave the District and return at a later date?If you resign, retire, or have a termination date for any reason, and then return to an instructional position within the District, the degree major must appear on the instructional employee’s Florida Teaching Certificate.This also applies if you transfer to a professional support staff position within the District and return to an instructional or school administrative position.What if I am transferring to another Florida school district?Instructional personnel or school administrators moving to or from another Florida school district, after July 1, 2011, will need to have the area stated on their transcripts on their Florida Teaching Certificate.I believe I should be receiving Advanced Degree Pay. Whom should I contact?If you are a current employee and have submitted your transcripts for Advanced Degree Pay and you currently are not receiving the Advanced Degree Pay, email Robbie Stanek at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (239) 377-0346.My Master’s Degree does not show an area that I have on my Florida Teaching Certificate.We are able to accept a letter from the University if it states the Concentration or Specialization is in an area on your Florida Teaching Certificate.I just received my Master’s Degree. Where should I send my transcripts?You may have the official transcripts sent to:Collier County Public SchoolsAttn: Certification5775 Osecola TrailNaples, FL 34109Collier County Public Schools will use the below list of acceptable majors recommended by the Department of Education to determine eligibility for the advanced degree supplement:
Florida Certification Coverage Frequently Acceptable Degree Major(s) Agriculture Agriculture Arabic Arabic Art Art, Art Education, Fine Arts (major, not degree type), Architecture, Interior Design, Fashion Design, Commercial Art, One Area of Art (Painting, Sculpture, etc.) Biology Bacteriology, Biology, Biological Sciences, Biomechanics, Botany, Dentistry, Doctor of Medicine, Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Genetics, Kinesiology, Life Science, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Zoology, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathy Business Education Business Education, Business Administration Chemistry Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Doctor of Pharmacy Chinese Chinese Computer Science Computer Information Sciences, Computer Science, Computer Programming, Computer Technology, Computer Engineering Dance Dance, Dance Education Drama Acting, Drama, Dramatic Arts, Theatre, Theatre Arts, One Area of Drama (Directing, etc.) Earth-Space Science Astronomy, Climatology, Earth Science, Geology, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Oceanography, Paleontology, Physical Geography, Space Science Educational Leadership Educational Administration, Administration and Supervision, Educational Leadership, Educational Management and Development, School Principal (master’s level) Educational Media Specialist Educational Media, Educational Media Technology, Instructional Media, Library Science (not Technology Education) Elementary Education (K-6) Elementary Education 1-6, K-6, N/K-6, K-3, K-4, K-8, K-9, Upper Elementary 4-6 English English, Literature (English), Creative Writing, Language Arts English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Special Education, Mild and Moderate Needs, Teacher of the Handicapped, Varying Exceptionalities; Behavioral Disorders, BD/LD, Emotionally Conflicted, Emotionally Disturbed, Emotionally Handicapped, Socially and Emotionally Maladjusted; Educable Mentally Retarded, Children with Retarded Mental Development (CRMD), Intellectual Disabilities, Mentally Handicapped, Mentally Impaired, Mental Retardation, Profoundly Mentally Retarded, Severely and Profoundly Mentally Retarded, Trainable Mentally Retarded; Learning Disabilities, Specific Learning Disabilities; Motor Disabilities, Orthopedically Handicapped, Physically Handicapped, Physically Impaired Family and Consumer Science Home Economics, Vocational Home Economics, Family and Consumer Science Farsi Farsi French French German German Greek Greek Guidance and Counseling School Guidance and Counseling, School Counseling, School Guidance (master’s degree level) Haitian-Creole Haitian-Creole Health Allied Health, Health, Health Education, Health Services, Nursing (BS), Public Health, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Dental Science, Doctor of Osteopathy Hearing Impaired Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Deaf Education, Hearing Disabilities, Hearing Impaired, Hearing Science, Education of Deaf-Blind Hebrew Hebrew Hindi Hindi Humanities Humanities, Classical Studies Italian Italian Japanese Japanese Journalism Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, Television Journalism Latin Latin Marketing Distributive Education, Marketing, Marketing Education Mathematics Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Engineering (Civil, Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, Aeronautical/Aerospace, or Nuclear), Statistics, Actuarial Science Middle Grades English Middle Grades English, Middle Grades Language Arts, Middle School English Education, Junior High School English, English, Literature (English), Creative Writing, Language Arts Literature (English), Creative Writing Middle Grades General Science Middle Grades Science, Teaching Middle School Science, Junior High Science, Middle School Science Education, General Science Middle Grades Mathematics Middle Grades Mathematics, Teaching Middle School Mathematics, Junior High Mathematics, Middle School Mathematics Education, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering (Civil, Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, Aeronautical/Aerospace, or Nuclear), Actuarial Science Middle Grades Social Science Middle Grades Social Science, Teaching Middle School Social Science, Junior High Social Science, Middle School Social Science Education, Social Science, Social Studies, American History, History, Western Civilization, World History, Geography, Economic Geography, (and other specialized areas of geography) Economics, Civics, Government, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Educational Psychology (and other specialized areas of Psychology) Music Applied Music, Instrumental Music, Music, Music Education, Piano or other major instrument, Vocal Music, Voice, Composition (music), Percussion Physical Education (K-12) Physical Education any grade level with student teaching Physics Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Physics, Physics, Thermodynamics, Nuclear Engineering Portuguese Portuguese Preschool Education Nursery School Education, Preschool Education, Birth-Age 4, Birth-Age 8 Prekindergarten/Primary Education Early Childhood Education if NK-3, NK-4, or Birth-Age 8; P-5, N-6, NK-6, Prekindergarten/Primary Education Reading Reading (master’s degree level) Russian Russian School Psychologist School Psychology (specialist’s degree level) School Social Worker Social Work, Social Worker, Social Welfare Social Science Social Science, Social Studies, American History, History, Western Civilization, World History, Geography, Economic Geography (and other specialized areas of geography), Economics, Civics, Government, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Educational Psychology (and other specialized areas of Psychology) Spanish Spanish Speech Speech, Speech Communication, Public Speaking Speech-Language Impaired Communication Disorders, Speech Correction, Speech and Hearing Science, Speech-Language Impaired, Speech Pathology, Speech Pathology and Audiology (master’s degree level) Technology Education Industrial Arts, Industrial Technology Education, Industrial Education, Industrial Arts-Technology Education, Technology Education Turkish Turkish Visually ImpairedBlind and Partially Sighted, Visual Disabilities, Visually Handicapped, Visually Impaired*Please note that both the language and intent of the legislation are precise and clear that the advanced degree must be in a subject shown on the certificate to award the supplement. Therefore, in order to comply with the Student Success Act, a general graduate degree such as Curriculum and Instruction, which does not “match” any of the certification subjects, would not be acceptable, unless the transcript identified a major or specialization in the teacher’s certification subject (e.g., Mathematics, English, French, Elementary Education, etc.)For more information regarding advanced degrees not listed, please contact:Certification ManagerHuman Resources239-377-0346