10 School Districts that Will Pay for Your Master’s Degree

You don’t necessarily have to pay for your own graduate education.

10 School Districts that will Pay for Your Master’s Degree

You already spend your 7:30 to 3:30 in a classroom, so going to another classroom after teaching all day might not seem appealing. But getting a master’s in your content area or specialty could be a great way to increase your salary. With that in mind, here are 10 districts that will pay for your master’s.

Des Moines, IA

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Des Moines is a district in need of teachers and the BLUE Contract provides an opportunity to earn a master’s in education at Drake University. Teachers who complete the BLUE Contract program have a higher starting salary and some end up in leadership positions throughout the district.

Natomas Unified, Sacramento, CA

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This education opportunity is for career-changers—current college students or professionals interested in moving into teaching. Natomas Unified covers most costs, provides a Macbook to use, and gives bonus pay for teachers who live in district.

Charlotte Mecklenburg, NC

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Another district that needs teachers, Charlotte Mecklenburg will pay for specialized training to advance your work with them, training to get a technology certification or Montessori specialization, for example.

Lee’s Summit, MO

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Teachers who have been with the district for at least one year are eligible for the educational assistance program to take courses at local universities for partial reimbursement.

Syracuse City, Syracuse, NY

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Take advantage of the Career Ladder Program to earn a BA or MA in an area that can advance your career in the district.

Rochester, NY

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Teachers who are getting their first master’s or who want additional certification in a shortage area are eligible for tuition reimbursement.

St. Louis, MO

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It’s not full tuition, but Washington University in St. Louis offers reduced  50% off tuition for teachers across the city. The perk: you can study anything you want, from American Culture to Statistics.

Eanes Westlake Innovative School District, Austin, TX

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Earn a master’s through the district’s Partnership for Teacher Excellence Program, just one of many benefits (they also offer gym membership and after school care).

Union Public Schools, Tulsa, OK

Union schools reimburses for graduate credit hours completed or for undergraduate work in your area of certification.

Prince William County, VA

Register early for support for coursework in core subject areas like English, language, and elementary ed.

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10 School Districts that Will Pay for Your Master’s Degree

Posted by Samantha Cleaver

Samantha Cleaver, PhD, teaches middle school special education and writes about her favorite thing to do, reading.

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