BECOMING A TEACHER IN FLORIDA

EXPLORE PROGRAMS, LICENSING AND JOB OUTLOOK DATA FOR 2016

Guide to Becoming a Teacher in Florida

If your aim is to become a teacher in Florida, ToBecomeATeacher.org has the insights and information you need to make the best possible decision about your future. To begin, there are three essential steps:

1. Choosing a Program: The first step is to find a teaching program that is within your budget and holds the potential to meet all your short- and long-term career goals.

  • Florida has some of the top education programs in the nation. Finding the right program for you starts by asking the right questions. Is there a specific specialization you hope to pursue? Is the cost of the program an important consideration? Are you concerned about the program’s graduation or job placement rates? In what region of the state are you hoping to teach? Is it possible to complete an education program in that region?

2. Planning for Licensure in Florida: To become a licensed teacher in Florida, you will require at least a bachelor’s degree and need to complete an education program at one of the state’s many colleges and universities; you will also need to write and pass the Florida Teacher Certification Exams.

3. Entering the Workforce: Once you’ve completed your education and passed the applicable exams, you will be ready to search for a teaching job in Florida.

  • One of the largest states in the nation, there are many opportunities to teach in Florida. To find the right opportunity, there are many factors to consider. What are your salary expectations? Are you interested in teaching in a small or large school? Would you prefer to teach in a rural or urban area? What are your long-term career goals? Throughout this process, continue to develop your resume by obtaining additional teaching experience and pursuing professional development opportunities for teachers. This will ensure you enter the job market with a clear goal in mind and from the most competitive position possible.

 

Choosing an Education Program in Florida

ToBecomeATeacher.org understands that choosing the right education program can be a challenge. For this reason, we have streamlined the process. Using a complex algorithmic tool, we have reviewed, tested and documented the top education programs in the State of Florida for 2015. Our criteria reflects prospective teachers’ top priorities, including total expense, student-to- faculty ratios, graduation rates, potential earnings, and over all return on investment.

All the schools on ToBecomeATeacher.org’s list below are committed to excellence and have proven themselves to be among the very best places to pursue an education degree in Florida. Find out which schools rank best at the bachelor’s and master’s levels in education.

University of Florida

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 21 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 25052
  • Acceptance rate 46.55 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 35166
  • Graduation Rate 85.82 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 15132.5

University of North Florida

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 20 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 22868
  • Acceptance rate 53.43 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 35166
  • Graduation Rate 48.92 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 17479

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 17 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 23140
  • Acceptance rate 45 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 35166
  • Graduation Rate 40.37 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 27274.5

Florida Atlantic University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 24 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 19160
  • Acceptance rate 47.73 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 35166
  • Graduation Rate 41.07 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 17250

The Baptist College of Florida

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 14 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 38800
  • Acceptance rate 42.57 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 35166
  • Graduation Rate 48.65 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 19188

University of South Florida-Main Campus

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 24 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 25640
  • Acceptance rate 45.24 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 35166
  • Graduation Rate 59.77 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 19735

The University of West Florida

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 24 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 23092
  • Acceptance rate 48.08 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 35166
  • Graduation Rate 43.65 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 18334

University of South Florida-St Petersburg

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 22 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 23284
  • Acceptance rate 44.01 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 35166
  • Graduation Rate 37.35 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 19735

University of Central Florida

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 31 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 25268
  • Acceptance rate 48.94 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 35166
  • Graduation Rate 66.14 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 18500

Florida International University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 27 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 25984
  • Acceptance rate 43.04 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 35166
  • Graduation Rate 50.09 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 17750
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Ranking Factors Explained

Our ranking data is based upon Collegescorecard.gov, IPEDS, and the Carnegie Foundation data sets.

How to Become a Teacher in Florida

All Florida teachers must hold a bachelor’s degree, but there are several different pathways one can take to become an licensed teacher in the state.

  • Pathway 1: The most common pathway is to complete at least a bachelor’s degree, an authorized education program at one of Florida’s many colleges of education and to write and pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations.
  • Pathway 2: Another option is to complete a bachelor’s degree and to obtain a valid certificate issued through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
  • Pathway 3: A third option is to complete a bachelor’s degree and education program leading to licensure in another U.S. state and apply for a Florida teaching license through the state’s reciprocal agreement program.

What is the job outlook for teaching careers in the State of Florida?

Florida is also home to one of the nation’s largest public education systems. Across the state, there are approximately 4,200 public schools serving over 2.6 million students. Florida is also home to three of the nation’s largest school districts, including the Miami-Dade County Public School Board, which has 345,000 students and over 40,000 employees. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 6% to 12% rate of growth in jobs for teachers over the coming decade, but in Florida, this rate is expected to be much higher due to the state’s recent and rapid population growth. Between 2013 and 2014, Florida added an additional 803 residents per day. For this reason, it seems likely that Florida will also add thousands of new teaching positions over the coming decade.

What resources do teachers have to help them during their careers in Florida?

What online programs are available to potential teachers in the State of Florida?

In the state of Florida, students wishing to pursue an online education degree can do so through TeacherReady. TeacherReady is an Educator Preparation Institute affiliated with the Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida. At the University of Florida, practicing teachers can pursue graduate specializations in five areas, including curriculum and instruction and special education.  At Florida State University, aspiring school principals can obtain a master’s degree in educational leadership.

 

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