Teachers can now earn their MA+30 salary differential by taking new A+ courses designed specifically to support what teachers do every day in their classrooms. The courses are accessible and affordable.
As part of the 2018 contract, these new A+ courses must be approved by a committee with equal UFT and Department of Education representation and aligned with the system’s educational priorities and initiatives.
For this school year, all P credit courses offered through the DOE’s After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP) catalog will qualify for A+ credit. The program offers a broad spectrum of courses, many of them accessible online, in all subject areas. The courses are offered in the fall, the spring and the summer.
Beginning this school year, a teacher hired on or after Sept. 1, 2019, must obtain a minimum of 18 A+ credits to earn the MA+30 salary differential. For teachers hired on or after Sept. 1, 2017 but before Sept. 1, 2019, a minimum of six A+ courses must be earned. In both cases, the remaining credit requirements can be met through traditional college credits or any other approved means.
Because all A+ courses are aligned with the school chancellor’s priorities, teachers are not restricted in their course choices to their subject area or grade level. They may take any A+ courses toward the salary differential.
If you are a teacher hired before 2017, you are not required to take any A+ courses, but you may use them to obtain your salary differential if you choose.
A+ courses may only be taken for credit by teachers. The salary differential options have not changed for school counselors, paraprofessionals, school secretaries and staff in other non-teacher titles.
Courses that are not in the ASPDP catalog can only be retroactively approved for A+ credit if they were taken as part of a program that resulted in state certification in these designated areas:
- Bilingual Extension
- Additional certificate to achieve dual certification as a teacher of ENL and a teacher of a secondary content area in sciences, mathematics, English or social studies;
- Additional certificate to achieve dual certification as a Students With Disabilities and secondary content teacher
The ASPDP catalog for each semester is published shortly before the semester begins.
Check the ASPDP website for information on cost and location of A+ courses and to sign up to receive the ASPDP newsletter.