Does the state offer a pathway, program or incentive through statute or regulation to<br> recruit <i>high school students</i> into the teaching profession?

Does the state offer a pathway, program or incentive through statute or regulation to
recruit high school students into the teaching profession?

October 2019


Overview: Twenty-two states offer a pathway, program or incentive through statute or regulation to recruit high school students into the teaching profession.

Additional Information: This collection does not include Education and Training Career Cluster courses offered to high school students. It also does not include state partnerships with national organizations, such as Educators Rising and Teacher Cadets.
 

Does the state offer a pathway, program or incentive through statute or regulation to recruit high school students into the teaching profession? Citations
Alabama No. N/A
Alaska No. N/A
Arizona No. N/A
Arkansas Yes. Statute establishes that the Office for the Purpose of Teacher Recruitment may provide leadership to initiate and monitor high school programs for teacher recruitment, provide leadership and assistance to schools for developing Teachers of Tomorrow programs and future teacher clubs, and promote Grow Your Own Teachers projects. Ark. Code Ann. § 6-17-310
California No. N/A
Colorado Yes. Statute requires the department of higher education to establish teacher cadet programs in rural schools and districts to identify and support high school students who are interested in pursuing teaching careers in rural Colorado. Statute also requires that students who graduate from a Colorado high school receive priority for scholarships issued through the Grow Your Own Educator program. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 23-76-105

Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-60.5-208.5
Connecticut Yes. Statute requires the Regional Education Service Center Minority Recruiting Alliance to establish and operate a competitive grant program to assist local and regional boards of education to create future teachers' clubs at middle and high schools.
Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-155l
Delaware No. N/A
District of Columbia No. N/A
Florida Yes. Statute establishes the minority teacher education scholars program, a scholarship program for students of color who are admitted to teacher education programs, which includes high schools in the process of identifying likely candidates for the scholarship. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1009.60
Georgia No. N/A
Hawaii Yes. Statute authorizes the board of education to engage in efforts to attract qualified teacher candidates among high school graduates in the state. Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 302A-805.5
Idaho No. N/A
Illinois Yes. Statute requires the Grow Your Own Illinois program to consider high school students enrolled in a dual credit course as potential candidates for recruitment. Statute also establishes the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program in order to encourage academically talented students, especially minority students, to pursue teaching careers. In addition, state regulation establishes the Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship Program to encourage outstanding high school graduates to pursue teaching careers. 110 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 48/20

110 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 947/52

Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 2762.10
Indiana Yes. Statute creates the next generation Hoosier educators scholarship program which establishes that applicants must have graduated from an Indiana high school in either the top 20 percent or with a qualifying SAT/ACT score. Ind. Code Ann. § 21-12-16-5
Iowa No. N/A
Kansas No. N/A
Kentucky Yes. Statute requires the department of education to develop a plan for recruitment to the teaching profession, including an early recruitment program to inform middle and high school students about the potential of a teaching career. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 161.167
Louisiana No. N/A
Maine Yes. State regulation establishes the Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship Program, which provides funding for eligible high school graduates in the state who plan to pursue a course of study leading to a teacher certification and are enrolled as a full time student at an accredited postsecondary institution. Code Me. R. tit. 94-457 Ch. 606,, § 2
Maryland Yes. Statute requires the department of education to establish a comprehensive recruitment and outreach program designed to encourage the top 25 percent of high school students from each local school system to consider pursuing a Maryland professional teacher's certificate. Statute also establishes the Teaching Fellows for Maryland scholarship that may be awarded to high school graduates in the state who pledge to work as public school teachers at schools that have at least 50 percent of students eligible for free or reduced price meals. Md. Code Ann., Educ. § 2-306

Md. Educ. Code Ann. § 18-2202
Massachusetts No. N/A
Michigan No. However the state legislature appropriated funds in the 2018-19 budget to establish a teacher recruitment program that provides resources and programming to high school students who are interested in teaching and who are members of underrepresented groups in the teaching profession. SB 848 (2018)
Minnesota Yes. Statute encourages schools, districts and postsecondary institutions to develop and offer courses promoting teaching as a profession to students (especially American Indian students and students of color). Minn. Stat. Ann. § 124D.09
Mississippi Yes. Statute establishes the Teaching Fellows Program to attract qualified teachers by awarding forgivable loans to eligible Mississippi high school seniors preparing to teach in public schools in the state. Miss. Code. Ann. § 37-106-77
Missouri No. N/A
Montana No. N/A
Nebraska Yes. State regulation establishes the Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program, which provides loans to eligible Nebraska high school graduates committed to teaching in the state upon successful completion of a teacher education program and loan forgiveness to those who are eligible. 92 Neb. Admin. Code Ch. 25, 002
Nevada No. N/A
New Hampshire No. N/A
New Jersey No. N/A
New Mexico No. N/A
New York No. N/A
North Carolina Yes. Statute establishes Future Teachers of North Carolina to encourage high-achieving high school students to consider teaching as a career. N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 116-41.30
North Dakota No. N/A
Ohio Yes. Statute authorizes the department of education to establish a grant program that may include supporting the implementation of Grow Your Own programs. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3319.57
Oklahoma Yes. Statute authorizes the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to establish and maintain a scholarship program encouraging high school graduates in the top 15 percent of their graduating class to pursue teaching. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 698.1

Okla. Admin. Code 610:25-9-2
Oregon Yes. State regulation establishes the Oregon Minority Educator Pipeline Models Grant which provides funds to school districts and postsecondary institutions for the creation of a number of collaborative processes, including creating a high school cadet program to recruit future educators who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Or. Admin. R. 581-018-0406
Pennsylvania No. N/A
Rhode Island No. N/A
South Carolina No. N/A
South Dakota No. N/A
Tennessee No. N/A
Texas Yes. Statute requires that the Texas Education Agency transfer excess funds in the charter school liquidation fund to support a grant program established by the agency to encourage high school students to enter the teaching profession. Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 12.141
Utah No. N/A
Vermont No. N/A
Virginia Yes. Statute directs the board of education and the State Council of Higher Education to make information about the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program available to parents, students, teachers and high school counselors. Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-290.01
Washington Yes. Statute requires the Washington professional educator standards board to administer the recruiting Washington teachers program to recruit and provide training and support for high school students to enter the field of education, especially in shortage areas. Statute also requires the Washington professional educator standards board to administer the bilingual educator initative, which is a long-term program to recruit, prepare and mentor bilingual high school students to become future bilingual teachers and counselors. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.415.370

Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.180.120
West Virginia Yes. Statute creates the Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars program which provides scholarships to high-achieving high school graduates committed to teaching in a critical teacher shortage field in the state. W. Va. Code Ann. § 18C-4-2
Wisconsin Yes. Statute establishes minority student participation and retention grants which may be used for providing internships to minority students enrolled in programs that prepare them for admission to teacher education programs at University of Wisconsin institutions. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 38.26
Wyoming No. Except that statute creates the Wyoming teacher shortage loan repayment program which establishes that applicants must have a Wyoming residence or be graduates of a Wyoming high school. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-7-601

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