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New York City Offers Incentives to Lure School Teachers

New York City Offers Incentives to Lure School Teachers

by Sarah Clark
March 20, 2008

In 2006, the shortage of school teachers in New York City led to housing subsidies and other incentives as an effort to recruit hundreds of teachers.An article from The New York Times outlined what is probably the most aggressive effort by a state in recent years to induce current school teachers into taking jobs in some of the city's toughest schools. The only requirements were teachers have a minimum of two years of experience.

The program gave school teachers $5,000 up front for moving and housing expenses, in addition to $400 a month for two years for housing costs. A new "master" teaching position was created offered $10,000 of additional pay. Base salaries for teachers eligible for the subsidies ranged from $45,600 to $69,840 a year.

In New York City's teaching recruitment program, the teachers who accept positions replaced teachers who are currently teaching but don't have sufficient credentials, such as teaching certificates and/or degrees.

Teaching Degrees: Teaching in Our Nation's Schools
If you have been thinking about earning a teaching degree, now might be the time to do it. As demonstrated by the New York City recruitment program, school districts across the country have been enacting recruitment programs and bonuses for new teachers for the past two years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that job opportunities for teachers will be "good to excellent" and forecasts job growth for teachers at 12% during the next decade.

According to the BLS, the median annual earnings for public school teachers at all levels--kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school--ranged from $43,000 to $48,000 in 2006.

You can earn a teaching degree at most four-year colleges. You can also take care of some prerequisite courses through most online colleges, as long as the credits are transferable to an institution where you'll complete your teacher training program. However, keep in mind that each state may have different licensing and certification requirements for its teachers.

About the Author
Sarah Clark is a freelance writer specializing in career development and postsecondary education.