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Are Florida colleges of education ready for the next SB 6?



We know Florida teachers are on edge about the next SB 6. But are Florida's ed schools getting antsy, too?

Over at the Bridge to Tomorrow blog, FSU physics professor Paul Cottle says they should be. As we all know, there's a growing spotlight on whether it makes sense to pay teachers more for master's and doctoral degrees. And one early version of the next SB 6 would curtail that practice.

If something like it passes, Cottle writes, "The demand for masters’ degrees in education, which are an important part of the bottom line for colleges of education and their host universities, would plummet, leaving the education colleges exposed financially."

As we noted in this post last spring, the State University System granted 3,160 master's degrees in education last year and 309 doctoral degrees. That was 21 percent and 16 percent of all master's and doctoral degrees, respectively.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 1:08pm]


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