OKCPS Teacher Recruitment Stipend for Science, Math and Special Education Positions

  • Oklahoma City Public Schools will pay a one-time $1,500 recruitment stipend to new teachers accepting employment with the District for Secondary Science, Secondary Math and PK-12 Special Education positions. (Current certification in the appropriate subject area is required.)  

    Former employees will be eligible for the recruitment stipend if they have been separated from the District more than one (1) school year prior to being rehired.

    Current employees who are not currently teaching in the identified areas may receive the signing bonus if they apply for a teacher-initiated transfer AND are selected for and accept a teaching position in an eligible position.

    Those with certification who are hired before September 30th will receive their full stipend (less applicable taxes) on their October 31st paycheck.  

    Terms

    Pending Certification: Employees who are pending certification will receive the recruitment stipend once they achieve appropriate provisional or standard certification.  Employees who remain Emergency certified by failing to achieve the appropriate provisional or standard certification by the end of the 2021-22 school year will NOT be eligible for the stipend. Employees who are certified in another area but have yet to add the appropriate qualifying endorsement will be treated as pending certification.  Those employees will receive the recruitment stipend once they achieve appropriate special education certification. Please note: The Human Resources Department must have your original teaching certificate.  

    Part-Time employees: Employees who are less than full-time will receive the corresponding proportion of the recruitment stipend. For example, half-time employees will receive half the stipend.  

    Early Termination: The recruitment stipend is provided based on the signed agreement that the employee will fulfill his or her teaching contract.  Should an employee not fulfill his or her contract, that employee is no longer eligible to receive (or keep) the full stipend. Adjustments to the stipend based on the number of days worked — even if it was previously paid in full—will be made to the employee’s final paycheck.  In the unlikely event that the employee’s final paycheck will not cover the amount owed, the employee will be required to pay the balance.

    The maximum recruitment stipend payable to any new employee will be $3,000. Employees are still eligible to receive innovative transformation and any extra duty stipend that may be offered.

OKCPS Offers $3,000 Recruitment Stipend for Bilingual Teachers

  • Oklahoma City Public Schools will pay a one-time $3,000 recruitment stipend to new teachers who accept employment with the District for the 2021-22 school year and are bilingual in Spanish, Vietnamese or Burmese. 

    Current certification in the appropriate subject area is required. 

    Individuals must provide proof of having passed OKCPS' Spanish bilingual skills test OR provide proof of having passed a recognized and approved language proficiency exam or the equivalent thereof as approved by OKCPS Language Cultural Services. 

    • To schedule an appointment to take the Spanish Bilingual Skills test, please contact Liliana Ponce, lponce@okcps.org, with the department of Language & Cultural Services.
    • Records providing bilingual status in Vietnamese or Burmese (including Karen, Chin…) must be procured from an approved agency or the equivalent and submitted to Liliana Ponce, lponce@okcps.org
    • Language & Cultural Services will administer and score the Spanish Bilingual Skills test and archive results, as well as receive and archive results of proof of successfully passing other recognized and approved language proficiency exams (in Spanish, Vietnamese or Burmese). Results to be shared with Human Resources via Google Drive.
    • Employees that cannot verify bilingual status via written proof will not be considered for the stipend.

    Former employees will be eligible for the recruitment stipend if they have been separated from the District more than one (1) school year prior to being rehired.

    Current employees who are not currently teaching but make the decision to return to the classroom may receive the signing bonus if they apply for a teacher-initiated transfer AND are selected for and accept a teaching position in an eligible position.

    Those with certification who are hired before September 30th will receive their full stipend (less applicable taxes) on their October 31st paycheck.  

    Terms

    Pending Certification: Employees who are pending certification will receive the recruitment stipend once they achieve appropriate provisional or standard certification.  Employees who remain Emergency certified by failing to achieve the appropriate provisional or standard certification by the end of the 2021-22 school year will NOT be eligible for the stipend. Please note: The Human Resources Department must have your original teaching certificate.  

    Part-Time employees: Employees who are less than full-time will receive the corresponding proportion of the recruitment stipend. For example, half-time employees will receive half the stipend.  

    Early Termination: The recruitment stipend is provided based on the signed agreement that the employee will fulfill his or her teaching contract.  Should an employee not fulfill his or her contract, that employee is no longer eligible to receive (or keep) the full stipend. Adjustments to the stipend based on the number of days worked — even if it was previously paid in full—will be made to the employee’s final paycheck.  In the unlikely event that the employee’s final paycheck will not cover the amount owed, the employee will be required to pay the balance.

    Employees may only claim two recruitment stipends for the 2021-22 school year.