People who have dreams of becoming teachers in Georgia one day may find that it could take more schooling than they originally anticipated. As graduate schools are now a requirement in most states, Georgia is also paying attention to where its future educators go to school.
The Associated Press is reporting that a new state rule prohibits any teacher from qualifying for the $6,000 a year salary bump that they typically receive if they have earned a degree from a non-accredited school.
State officials say that this new stipulation will be a way to crack down on those who believe that they can cheat the system in terms of a proper degree.
"The rules in Georgia prior to the policy change essentially allowed – with a few exceptions – an educator to get a degree in virtually any subject or field from virtually any institution and qualify for a compensation upgrade," Kelly Henson, head of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, told the news provider.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, teachers must continually take education courses in order to brush up on their knowledge.