Learn About Teaching in Florida
What should you know before you become a teacher in Florida? With nearly 4,500 schools and 67 public school districts, Florida is the 4th largest school system in the U.S.(1) And you're paid a good teaching salary in Florida: on average $46,912 in 2009-10, according to the National Education Association. Take your choice: laid-back beach towns, quiet suburban communities and large cosmopolitan cities provide Florida teachers with a diverse range of job opportunities.
Future Florida Teachers
Teaching is a growth industry. The job growth rate for Educational Services in Florida is 2.3 percent, compared to the overall growth rate of 1.76 percent for all occupations. Elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, and special education teachers are all future hot jobs—promising news for anyone thinking about teaching in Florida.(2)
Though there are alternative routes to certification, teaching in Florida generally requires a bachelor's degree or higher, a completed teacher preparation program, and a passing score on the appropriate Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE).
Current Florida Teachers and School Administrators
In order to move from a temporary teaching certificate to a professional certificate, or to renew your professional certification, Florida teachers must complete the equivalent of 6 semester hours of college credit at an accredited institution. Some teachers choose to further their knowledge in a specific subject, while others develop their pedagogical skills by taking courses in education strategies or child development.(3) For information on becoming a school administrator, contact the Florida Department of Education.
Florida Teachers in Demand
If you're still thinking of teaching in Florida, you may want to consider teaching a "critical need" subject such as special education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, foreign languages, English, mathematics or science. You may not even need an education degree; if you're eligible for temporary certification, the Transition to Teaching program can help you identify job opportunities in high-needs schools.(4)
Start your education career today. Research bachelor's and master's degree programs on Teacher World and get on the road to teaching in Florida!
(1) National Center for Education Statistics
(2) Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation
(3) Florida Department of Education
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"I decided to go to graduate school and earn my Master of Arts in Education because I am inspired by new knowledge. I feel in order to perform my job to the best of my ability, I need to keep up with current practices and trends in the field of education."
- Sara Marvez -- 6th grade science teacher
"Gaining my Master's degree has earned me respect from administrators and colleagues. Also, my salary has benefited greatly. The cost of graduate school was paid off in only a couple years."
- Thomas Bjornson -- high school English teacher
"Postgraduate study was a personal goal of mine, and completing my Master's degree has given me a great sense of personal satisfaction. It has also increased my efficiency in the classroom and my marketability in the job market."
- Janet O'Reilly -- 8th grade social studies teacher
"I found my online courses efficient and friendly. I had a desire to go to graduate school, but I didn't want to go through the nonsense of another undergraduate degree, bumping shoulders with students a third my age who have very little understanding of real life or the benefits of real knowledge. A friend recommended online education and I haven't looked back since.
At the age of 53, I love my job more than ever. I get so much satisfaction knowing that many of my students respect me for what I do as a teacher.
I am able to face any sort of situation that arises in my classroom with complete confidence."
- Jonathan Lloyd -- high school chemistry teacher
Average Beginning Teacher Salary: $31,753 Average Teacher Salary: $47,602 Average Administrator Salary: $77,740 Elementary School Principals: $82,414 Middle School Principals: $87,866 High School Principals: $92,965
On average, teachers with masters degrees will earn $8,000 to $10,000 more each year than those with only a bachelors degree.
Consequently, in order to attain a position as an administrator, a masters, PhD or Ed D. is required.
On average, Administrators will earn around $30,000 more each year than their hard working, teacher cohorts!
* BLS Statistics