Career Ladder Development

The Syracuse City School District offers employees the opportunity to further their education and progress from entry level positions to higher levels of pay, skill, responsibility, or authority.  Currently, our district offers the following programs for a number of our bargaining units:

For further information regarding any of these programs, please see detailed information by clicking on the appropriate link.

Career Ladder Program

The purpose of the Career Ladder program is to provide full time employees in units 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11 the opportunity to further their education by taking college courses and/or obtaining a college degree in an area of study or discipline that could lead to career advancement within the District. Employees must be accepted in a District approved program leading to a degree.

A. Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree: Employees can receive up to 12 credit hours of paid tuition per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) at the current State University or New York or Community College tuition rates. The District covers only tuition. Any associated fees, grades that fall below the contractual agreement, dropped courses that incurr charges and text books are the employees’ responsibility.

The total cost to the district for Units 6, 9 & 10 cannot exceed $10,000 per unit, per year and Unit 11 cannot exceed $15,000 per year.

B. The District will pay tuition costs directly to the college/university as long as the employee maintains a B average for graduate courses or a C average for Units 6, 8 & 11 for undergraduate courses.  Unit 9 must maintain a B average for graduate courses and undergraduate courses.

If a B/C average is not maintained the employee must reimburse the District the amount the District paid the college for that course or pay for his/her next college course. If the employee maintains the appropriate B/C average on a subsequent course he/she must submit the transcript and receipt for the course to the Career Ladder Coordinator for reimbursement at the SUNY or community college rate. The employee will be eligible to have future tuition costs billed directly to the District upon completion of either process.

C. To remain eligible for the Career Ladder the employee must submit final grades for each course to the Career Ladder program.

D. Procedure: Direct Pay: The Employee must complete the Application for Approval of Direct Pay and submit it to the Career Ladder Coordinator for approval. If approved, he/she will be given a letter to the Bursar (a voucher) that must be submitted to the college. The College/University will then bill the District directly.

Reimbursement: The District will reimburse full time employees tuition cost at any accredited college or university up to the SUNY rate. The employee must submit an Application for Reimbursement, transcript with final grade of at least B for graduate or C for undergraduate courses (B for Unit 9 employees), and proof of your payment receipt.

E. If you transfer into a bargaining unit not eligible for career ladder benefits or you are no longer employed by the SCSD before the class begins, the SCSD will not be responsible for tuition.

Please complete the appropriate electronic form:
Career Ladder - Tuition Reimbursement
Career Ladder - Direct Pay


Career Ladder Program - Sabbatical Leave

Sabbaticals are available for those members of Unit 8 and 10 for whom it is necessary to take a leave to complete an education program. Applicants requesting a sabbatical must have at least three years of continuous service in unit 8 or 10 and be in good standing in personnel.

  • The district will direct-pay tuition up to 15 credit hours (graduate or undergraduate) per semester at the current SUNY rate.

  • There are six full time sabbaticals available for unit 8 members and three full time sabbaticals for unit 10. If there are more applicants than sabbaticals available the more senior applicants will have preference.

  • There are three sabbatical leave options which are outlined in the Units 8 and 10 contracts:

    1. Full year at full pay and benefits. If this option is chosen, the employee is required to work the equivalent of twenty (20) weeks of full time assigned work. Six (6) week must occur prior to sabbatical leave (time to be negotiated between employee and district). A letter outlining your half-time work arrangement, signed by your supervisor, must be submitted prior to sabbatical leave.

    2. Full semester (5 months) with full pay and benefits. If this option is chosen there will be no work obligation during sabbatical leave.

    3. Full year at half-pay and benefits, no work obligation. If this option is chosen there will be no work obligation during sabbatical leave.

  • Employees who have received a sabbatical leave must work a minimum of five (5) school years for the District subsequent to the leave. If the employee is capable of, but does not wish to continue employment in the District for the five year period, the employee must reimburse the District for all salary paid during the sabbatical leave.

  • If the employee receives a verified job offer from another employer and is not offered a position by the District for which they have taken the sabbatical, the employee will be released from any salary reimbursement requirements.

Letters requesting sabbaticals must be submitted to Shirley Rowser, Recruitment & Selection at humanresources@scsd.us or fax 315-435-4163. Applications for consideration of Sabbatical Leave commencing for the fall semester must be submitted by March 31st. Applicants will be notified of approval by April 30th. Applications for the Spring semester leaves must be received by October 2nd and notification of applicants will occur by November 2nd.

Included with the sabbatical request should be the following:

  1. Official letter from the college indicating:

    1. Acceptance in a district approved program leading to a degree

    2. Outline of courses to be completed

  2. Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate courses completed.

  3. Letter of intent including purpose of leave (i.e. pursuing Masters in Education at S.U.), pay option you are choosing (see above), and acknowledgement of your five year employment obligation to the district.

  4. School you are currently working and your current address and phone number.

 


The Office of Human Resources has established a set of criteria in determining priorities for awarding Syracuse University tuition credit awards to those in Unit 1 and Unit 2 who are interested in taking classes at SU. At the beginning of each college semester a district committee will review all requests and award the tuition credits.  In order to be considered you must fill out the online application by the specific deadline listed below:

Summer Semester - April 1st
Fall Semester - August 1st
Spring Semester - December 1st

The selections will be based upon the following prioritized criteria:

  1. Individuals that host SU student teachers (must be tenured, highly effective and effective).

  2. Individuals serving high needs areas - Math - ESL- Library Media.

  3. Individuals seeking professional or permanent certification/Masters in their current teaching area.

  4. Individuals taking courses that would fulfill an identified district need.

  5. Individuals seeking improvement or growth.

  6. Individuals who have demonstrated leadership capabilities through participation on District/School committees, task forces, projects, etc. that led to meaningful outcomes for students.

DOES NOT GUARANTEE AN AWARD!
If an award is not made to an employee, that employee should be prepared to pay for the SU course(s) or be aware of the applicable school drop/add policy.
You may contact Shirley Rowser at 315-435-4171, if you are interested in hosting a student teacher.
Please direct all questions to the Office of Human Resources at 435-4171 or humanresources@scsd.us.

 


Teachers of Tomorrow - Tuition Reimbursement Programs
The Syracuse City School District was awarded a State grant for the Teachers of Tomorrow Program.  Financial assistance is available through this grant which is effective from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.  Please read the eligibility requirements carefully for each program contained in the chart below.  If interested, please use the embedded application links.  
 

Program

Unit

Assistance and Criteria

Summer in the City

8

Assistance

Engage in an internship placement in one of our Summer Schools:
• 3.5 hrs per day for $1,000
• 6.5 hrs per day for $2,000

Criteria

• Pre-Service teachers will engage in an internship (conducted in July & August) for no less
than five weeks;
• Must have successfully completed 60 or more college credits;
• Be in good standing as determined by the Institute of Higher Education (IHE);
• Attended an accredited New York State Institution in the current year;
• Be enrolled full-time in a New York State registered teacher preparation program; and
• Recommended by college or university to participate and demonstrate the desire to enter the
teaching profession

NYS Master Teacher

1

Assistance

• $10,000 award (renewable for two additional years)
• Maximum $30,000

Criteria

• Nationally Board Certified;
• Serve full-time at a (School Under Registration Review) SURR or low-performing public
school;
• Agree to continue serving up to three years (1 year for each award) at a SURR or lowperforming
school; and
• Have annual APPR rating of highly effective or effective beginning with 2016-2017 school
year.

General Certification
Shortage Area
Tuition Reimbursement

1

Assistance

• Up to $700 per course (Or, cost of course; whichever is less) for up to (3) courses per year
and may be renewed for 2nd year.
• Maximum award is $2,100 per year or $4,200 for two years, provided they are in need of six
courses for professional certification.

Criteria

• Do not hold any permanent or professional certification to teach in public schools in New
York;
• For teachers who hold initial, transitional, or provisional certification;
• Employed full-time for the school year in a teacher or subject shortage* area;
• Demonstrated record of effectiveness; and
• Agree to teach one year in a teacher or subject shortage* area as a condition receiving this
award.

Science, Mathematics, and
Bilingual Education
Tuition Reimbursement

1

Assistance

• Tuition reimbursement award of $4,000 per year or Annual cost of tuition, (whichever is less)
• Total award not to exceed $8,000 or total cost of program

Criteria

• For eligible teachers for courses taken toward meeting requirements for a transitional
certificate to teach science, mathematics or bilingual education in a low-performing school;
• For teachers who have received or will receive a transitional certificate to teach science,
mathematics, or bilingual education, and who will be employed full-time for the school year for
which the award is to be made and agree to teach in a low-performing school; and
• Funds may be used for tuition for courses required for initial or professional certificates.