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.
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?
- The main governing body for educators in Florida is the Florida State Department of Education.
- Florida teachers are represented by a union and professional association. The Florida Teachers Association (FTA) is a union that represents teachers in contract negotiations and lobbies for public education funding statewide. The Professional Educators Network of Florida (PEN) also represents professional educators but not on contract negotiations.
- Florida music teachers are represented by the Florida State Music Teachers Association.
- Math teachers are represents by the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
- Florida is also home to several regional teacher associations, including the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association.
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.