Entitlements and Incentive Awards

Entitlements and Incentive Awards
  • The School Board awards Entitlements and Incentive Awards for teachers who take courses or earn inservice points following their last degree (Bachelor's or Master's degree only).  Select below for more information.

  • Degree Entitlements

    The School Board awards Entitlements for the following conferred degrees:

    Master's
    $3,650
    Florida Specialist
    $6,800
    Doctorate
    $8,000

    The District does not pay for degrees in real estate, law or religion.

    How to Receive Payment for an Advanced Degree
    Complete the Request for Payment of an Advanced Degree for Teachers form attach the official transcript showing "DEGREE CONFERRED" or a Credential Evaluation Report if a foreign degree (see side panel on left for more information), and send to the Talent Acquisition & Operations Department - Certification. Applications and transcripts may be submitted throughout the year, but no later than the last day of the school year. Applications received in our office after the last day of the school year will be evaluated for the following school year, retroactive payment will not be processed.  

    Your eligibility for an advanced degree payment cannot be evaluated until an official transcript or an original foreign credential evaluation reflecting the degree conferral is received. 

    If approved, you will receive an email with the effective start date for your payment.

    Note: The Request for Payment of an Advanced Degree form is a pdf document and may be completed on screen prior to printing or may be printed and then completed for submission. If completing the form on screen please note that you will be required to create an electronic signature file when you reach the signature field. This is required to ensure an authenticated electronic signature that is password protected. If you elect to skip the electronic signature, please print out the form and sign it prior to submission. The form cannot be submitted electronically and must be submitted in hard copy form.

    NEW HIRES/REHIRES ON OR AFTER 7/1/2011

    Per FL Statute 1012.22(1)(c)(3), payment for advanced degrees will only be provided if the degree is held in the area of certification shown on the Florida certificate.  Therefore, general graduate degrees such as Curriculum and Instruction or Education, which do not match any of the Department of Education certification subjects, would not be acceptable unless the transcript identifies a major or specialization in your certificate subject (e.g., Mathematics, English, Elementary Education, etc.).  To determine if your degree matches the certification held on your FL Department of Education teaching certificate, please view a listing of the Certification Acceptable Majors

    Commonly Asked Questions

  • Incentive Awards

    The School Board of Broward County provides Incentive Awards for teachers who take courses or earn inservice points following their last degree (Bachelor's or Master's degree only). Teachers holding a Specialist or Doctorate degree are not eligible.

    IMPORTANT NOTES:
    If you hold the Basic Incentive and have now earned a Master’s Degree, you will lose the Basic Incentive and, instead, begin payment for the Master’s Stipend. Once you earn 15 semester hours and/or 300 inservice points beyond the Master’s Degree, you will be eligible to reapply for the Basic Incentive.

    To receive the incentive, you must be a part of the teacher bargaining unit, have completed three years of consecutive full-time teaching in Broward (does not include private and charter schools), and hold a five-year professional certificate.

    If you terminate your employment with the district and subsequently return, your entitlement will NOT automatically be reinstated.

    Download Application

    Note: The Request for Payment of an Incentive form is a pdf document and may be completed on screen prior to printing or may be printed and then completed for submission. If completing the form on screen please note that you will be required to create an electronic signature file when you reach the signature field. This is required to ensure an authenticated electronic signature that is password protected. If you elect to skip the electronic signature, please print out the form and sign it prior to submission. The form cannot be submitted electronically and must be submitted in hard copy form.

     

    TYPE AMOUNT REQUIREMENTS
    Basic Incentive $2,000 15 semester hours and/or 300 inservice points earned after the Bachelor or Master's Degree
    $2,700 30 semester hours and/or 600 inservice points earned after the Master's Degree; or must be receiving the Basic Incentive and have 15 semester hours and/or 300 inservice points earned after the start date of the Basic Incentive, 10 years Florida public school teaching experience, and a Master's degree.

    TIMELINES:

    • Coursework and Inservice must be completed by September 1. If you are using inservice points, they must be posted to your inservice record by this date.  Applications received with insufficient points will be denied.
    • Applications must be submitted between April 1 and September 15. NOTE: All coursework and/or inservice used toward incentive eligibility must have been completed by September 1, 2019. Applications received outside of these dates will be returned.
    • Acknowledgement letters will be sent out within two weeks of receiving applications. If you submitted an application and have not received a letter within the prescribed timeline, please email Certification Requests to certificationrequests@browardschools.com to verify that your application has not been lost.  Status letters confirming or denying your award are sent out via email after July 1.
    • If you are submitting your application in September, it is strongly recommended that you hand deliver your paperwork to the Certification Department to ensure receipt by the deadline date of September 15. Remember, applications received after this date cannot be accepted as per Article 21 of the BTU Contract.

    CRITERIA:

    • Applications must be filled out in blue ink and FAXED copies are not permissible.
    • If you are using inservice points, there is no need to submit your inservice report as it will be printed by our office at the time of your evaluation. NOTE: When accessing My Learning Plan to review your inservice record you must select "View Full Transcript" from the options in My Learning Plan. If you do not select the "View Full Transcript" option the default inservice report view will display inservice within specific categories that may result in a duplication of points in your inservice total.
    • If you are using college coursework, official transcripts must be submitted with your application. Not all coursework is permissible. Courses acceptable for the professional and for the specialization areas of certificate requirements are acceptable. For a listing of appropriate course types, please go to: http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/renew.asp.
    • Analysis of applications may not be concluded until second semester. When approved, payment will be retroactive to the beginning of the school year. 

    INCENTIVE AWARDS DO NOT NEED TO BE RENEWED.
    AUTHORITY: COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT ARTICLE XXI(A) and (B) 

    BASIC INCENTIVE

    • Teacher Bargaining Unit and a professional certificate.
    • Completion of three years of consecutive full-time teaching in Broward.
    • 15 semester hours or 300 inservice points beyond the last degree (Bachelor's or Master's).
    • All completed within ten (10) years.
    • Application must be received in the Broward County Certification/Incentives Office by September 15th.

    ADVANCED INCENTIVE

    • Teacher Bargaining Unit and a professional certificate.
    • Master's Degree (INCENTIVES ARE NOT AVAILABLE IF YOU HAVE A SPECIALIST OR DOCTORATE DEGREE).
    • 10 years Florida public school teaching experience.
    • Completion of three years of consecutive full-time teaching in Broward.
    • Hold, or be eligible for, the Basic Incentive.
    • 15 semester hours or 300 inservice points beyond the Master's degree AND the Basic Incentive.
    • 30 semester hours or 600 inservice points beyond the Master's Degree if Basic Incentive is not held.
    • All completed within ten (10) years.
    • College credit must be upper division (junior or senior) or graduate level; no community college courses.
    • Inservice points or college courses used for Basic Incentive cannot be used for Advanced Incentive.
    • Application must be received in the Broward County Certification/Incentive Office by September 15th.

    Click here for information on the posting of inservice points to an inservice record

Contact Information

  • Talent Acquisition & Operations - Instructional

    600 SE Third Avenue

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

    Phone: 754-321-2320

    Fax: 754-321-2717

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    Susan Rockelman

    Director