Educator Incentive Programs

Overview

Utah has three educator incentive programs to support educators serving in particular school settings, assignments, or with specific credentials. The program policies are found below as well as additional information on each of the tabs.

Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP)

The TSSP was created to draw qualified individuals into education for specific subject areas of Mathematics, Science, Special Education, and Computer Science that have been identified with staffing shortages in Utah.

R277-318: Teacher Salary Supplement Program
Utah State Board of Education Administrative Rules

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification

The NBPTS Program was created to provide an annual salary bonus to qualified Utah teachers who hold a NBPTS certification. It also assists with the fees affiliated with obtaining and maintaining this certification.

Effective Teachers in High Poverty Schools (ETHPS)

The ETHPS was created to provide an annual salary bonus for eligible teachers who are employed in a high poverty school, a full school year before the school year they are considered eligible and has a median growth percentile (MGP) of 70 or higher in a course for which a standards assessment is administered or who teach grades 1-3 and achieve at least 85% of students whose progress is assessed as typical or better.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification (NBPTS)

“National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.”

Beginning in 2016, the Utah State Legislature and the Utah State Board of Education have supported a bonus program connected with the National Board Certification.

National Board for Professional Teacher Standards (NBPTS) Program Frequently Asked Questions Educator/Applicant

National Board for Professional Teacher Standards (NBPTS) Program Frequently Asked Questions Local Education Agency (LEA) Approvers

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification Bonus Program Qualifications

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification Payment Process

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification NBPTS Pre-Payment Program Enrollment Steps

Note: New applications must be submitted between July 1 and January 31 for each program year.

If you are looking for professional learning resources, the NBPTS is offering the following:

Effective Teachers in High Poverty Schools (ETHPS)

The ETHPS was created in 2017 to award qualified teachers who are employed in a high poverty school and show a Median Growth Mercantile (MGP) of 70 or higher and/or who teach grades 1, 2, or 3 and achieve at least 85% of students whose progress is assessed as typical or better.

Effective Teachers in High Poverty Schools (ETHPS) Frequently Asked Questions Teachers

Effective Teachers in High Poverty Schools (ETHPS) History

Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP)

Please review the following information to verify that you qualify for TSSP. Information and program deadlines can be found on the Teacher Salary Supplement Program TSSP Service Site.

Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP) Frequently Asked Questions Educator/Applicant

Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP) Frequently Asked Questions Local Education Agency (LEA) Approvers

Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP) Definitions

Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP) History

Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP) Terms and Conditions

Note: New applications must be submitted between October 1 and April 30 for each program year.

Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP) Retention Rates

Qualifications

Posting a Degree in Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS)
Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing Forms

Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP) Bonus Program Qualifications

Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP) Payment Process

Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP) Subject Area Requirements: Includes: Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science and Special Education

Teacher Salary Supplement Program TSSP Substantially Equivalent Degrees

Program Appeals

Teacher Salary Supplement Program Appeal Application

Program appeals for the TSSP are used for degree consideration or assignment history only. You must first submit your TSSP Service Site for the current program year at tssp.schools.utah.gov. Upon notification that you do not qualify, review the Frequently Asked Questions and follow the directions listed on the Appeal Application. It is recommended that appeals be submitted as soon as possible to allow appropriate processing and review time by the Utah State Board of Education.

If a payment term deadline is passed while an appeal is pending, any approved bonus will be awarded in full at the end of the program year. Please note that incomplete appeals will not be processed, and all appeals must be received before May 31 of the program year. Appeal results will be posted in the History section of the application and notification will be e-mailed to the educator.

If your application has been denied due to an assignment, endorsement issue, or by your Local Education Agency (LEA), contact your Human Resources for possible resolution options.

Contact

For additional information and program details, please contact the Program Specialist at tssp@schools.utah.gov.