FSU School of Teacher Ed Director Scharmann: Master’s degree programs will suffer

In a News Service of Florida story published in the St. Augustine Record, FSU School of Teacher Education Director Larry Scharmann said, according to reporter Lilly Rockwell,

…he is concerned teachers won’t be interested in master’s degree programs now that a master’s education won’t necessarily enhance pay. Under the new law, a district is prohibited from using advanced degrees as a basis for salary increases. Teachers can be given a “salary supplement” for obtaining an advanced degree in the subject area they teach.

Scharmann and his counterpart at the University of Florida, Tom Dana, both said that it is too early to say whether the new rules governing teacher evaluation and pay have affected how many students are intending to enter the teaching field.

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