Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 October 2020 12:32 07 October 2020

Advancement on the Salary Schedule

BA+24

  1. Must be enrolled in a program of study leading to an MS/MA degree in your major subject area or which provides additional certification or endorsement.
  2. Must complete a Graduate Credit & Degree Advancements Coursework Pre-Approval Form for credits 1-24. Beginning July 1, 2013, these 24 credits must be transcripted, pre-approved graduate credits from an accredited institution. (2017-2022 Teacher Working Agreement, pgs. 16-17) Must provide the required documentation listed on the GCDA Coursework Pre-Approval Form.
    1. Please Note:
      1. Any credits 1-12 earned prior to July 1, 2013, must be transcripted credits but may be either graduate or undergraduate credits. In addition, these credits 1-12 are not subject to pre-approval by the GCDA Committee.
      2. Any credits 13-24 earned prior to July 1, 2013, must be transcripted graduate credits. In addition, these credits 13-24 must be reviewed by the GCDA Committee for pre-approval.
  3. Must complete a Graduate Credit & Degree Advancements Intent Form by February 1 prior to the school year in which the pay increase commences.
  4. Must complete a Graduate Credit & Degree Advancements Application and present evidence of BA+24 credits prior to September 1 in which the pay increase commences.
  5. Failure to meet deadlines will result in ineligibility to advance on the salary schedule.

BA+24 to MA/MS

  1. Must be enrolled in a program of study leading to a Master’s degree in your major subject area or which provides additional certification or endorsement.
  2. Must complete a Graduate Credit & Degree Advancements Coursework Pre-Approval Form for the Master’s degree course of study. Must provide the required documentation listed on the GCDA Coursework Pre-Approval Form.
  3. Must complete the required coursework for the Master’s degree.
  4. Must complete a Graduate Credit & Degree Advancements Intent Form by February 1 prior to the school year in which the pay increase commences.
  5. Must complete a Graduate Credit & Degree Advancements Application and present evidence of the degree granted prior to September 1 of the contract year in which the pay increase commences.
  6. Failure to meet deadlines will result in ineligibility to advance on the salary schedule.

Beyond Master’s Degree

  1. Must complete 24 hours of approved graduate credit beyond the Master’s degree. These credits must “relate to [your] competency in ‘what to teach,’ ‘how to teach,’ or ‘how to more effectively fill the role of teacher/ psychologist’”. (2017-2022 Teacher Working Agreement, pgs. 17/18)
  2. Must complete a Graduate Credit & Degree Advancements Coursework Pre-Approval Form for credits beyond the Master’s degree. Must provide the required documentation listed on the GCDA Coursework Pre-Approval Form.
  3. Must complete a Graduate Credit & Degree Advancements Intent Form by February 1 prior to the school year in which the pay increase commences.
  4. Must complete a Graduate Credit & Degree Advancements Application and present evidence of the credits earned prior to September 1 of the contract year in which the pay increase commences.
  5. Failure to meet deadlines will result in ineligibility to advance on the salary schedule.

For Red Apple Workshop classes, you must complete a Graduate Credit & Degree Advancements Coursework Pre-Approval Form for each workshop registration in addition to registering for the Red Apple Workshop class. Upon the Committee’s approval and your successful completion of the Red Apple Workshop class, it will apply towards your graduate credit/degree advancements requirements.

NEW: To submit an Intent Form and/or an Application, please log into Records and find the forms in the BLANK DOCS section. If you have any questions about these forms or have trouble completing them, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (HR) (605) 367-4692 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please submit the GCDA Coursework Pre-Approval Form & required documentation electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"The Committee's decisions are final for the contract year and are non-grievable". (2017-2022 Teacher Working Agreement, pg. 18)

For any questions regarding advancement on the salary schedule, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Human Resources Generalist, (605) 367-4692.

For any questions regarding the Graduate Credit Degree Advancement Coursework Pre-approval form, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In addition, for a special pre-approval form that allows you to list multiple classes for review (BA +24 or MA+24 only), please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For the special pre-approval form, please indicate in the email whether you need it for a BA+24 or a MA+24 review.

 

2020-2021 Graduate Credit & Degree Advancement Committee Members:

Rachael Eggers-Ferry
Assistant Principal at Washington High School
Christine Griebel
Elementary Teacher at Sotomayor & Hawthorne Elementary
Holly Renken
Language Arts Teacher at Edison Middle School
Holli Rausch
High School Teacher at New Technology High School
Don Ryswyk
Assistant Principal at CTE Academy
Jeff Sheets
Principal at Hayward Elementary
Dr. Teresa Boysen
Assistant Superintendent of Academic Achievement at IPC
Velina Onate-Nelson
Clerical, Staff Development/Federal Programs/Libraries at IPC

 

GCDA Coursework Pre-Approval Forms Deadline by Noon on:*Committee Review Start Dates:**
Friday, August 28, 2020 Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Friday, October 2, 2020 Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Friday, October 30, 2020 Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Friday, November 27, 2020 Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Friday, January 1, 2021 - Deadline to ensure your coursework pre-approval review is completed before the Human Resource February 1 deadline for the salary advancement process. Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Friday, January 29, 2021 Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Friday, February 26, 2021 Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Thursday, April 1, 2021 Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Friday, May 7, 2021 Wednesday, May 12, 2021

*Submit GCDA Pre-Approval Forms with required documentation to Staff Development, prior to Noon on the “Forms Deadline” date stated above.
**Reviews take approximately one-two weeks to complete. When completed, you will receive an email regarding the committee’s decision.