Learn About Teaching in Florida

Sunshine, beaches and Disney World are just a few of the traits that make Florida a great place to live—and an ideal place for teachers on summer vacation. But before you can take advantage of those long summer months in the Sunshine State, you'll want to 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 $46,598 in 2013-14, 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!

Sources:
(1) National Center for Education Statistics
(2) Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation
(3) Florida Department of Education
(4) TeachInFlorida.com

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Capella University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in Educational Leadership & Management (Online)
  • EdD in Reading and Literacy (Online)
  • EdS in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • EdS in Leadership in Educational Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Adult Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership and Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Instructional Design for Online Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Integrative Studies (Online)
  • Master of Science in K-12 Studies in Education (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Leadership in Educational Administration (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Reading and Literacy (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Training and Performance Improvement (Online)
  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning (Online)
  • PhD in K-12 Studies in Education (Online)
  • PhD in Leadership for Higher Education (Online)
  • PhD in Leadership in Educational Administration (Online)
  • PhD in Postsecondary and Adult Education (Online)
  • PhD in Professional Studies in Education (Online)
  • PhD in Special Education Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Training and Performance Improvement (Online)
  • Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Development (Online)
  • EdD in Adult Education (Online)
  • EdD in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • Master of Science in English Language Learning and Teaching (Online)

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Grand Canyon University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.Ed. in Special Education with Credential (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Early Childhood (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - English (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - Math (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - Science (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Secondary Education - English (Online)
  • B.S. in Secondary Education - Math (Online)
  • M.A. in Teaching - Professional Learning Communities (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Reading - Elementary Education (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Reading - Secondary Education (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Technology (Does not lead to teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Early Childhood (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Early Childhood (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Education Administration (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education - Certified Special Educators (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Online)
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - K-12 Leadership (Online)
  • B.S. in Educational Studies (Does Not Lead to Teacher Licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education - Cross-Categorical (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education - Cross-Categorical (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - Special Education (Online)
  • Ed.S. in K-12 Leadership (Online)

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University of Dayton

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Certificate in Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages

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Kaplan University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MS in Higher Education - Educational Assessment and Evaluation
  • BS in Early Childhood Development
  • BSPY - Child Development
  • BS in Liberal Studies
  • MA in Teaching (for Aspiring Teachers Grades 5-12)
  • MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
  • MS in Higher Education - College Administration and Leadership
  • MS in Higher Education - College Teaching and Learning
  • MS in Higher Education - Online College Teaching
  • MS in Higher Education - Student Affairs
  • MSE in Instructional Technology (K-12)
  • MSE in Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Higher Ed
  • MSE in Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Organizations
  • Master of Science in Health Education

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Walden University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Adult Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Early Childhood Studies (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Education (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Higher Education (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Child Development (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education (Course-based) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education (Mixed-Model) (Online)
  • Education Specialist (Ed.S.)
  • Teacher Preparation Program with Master of Arts in Teaching (Online)

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Post University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Education - TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) (Online)
  • Master of Education - Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Master of Education - Teaching and Learning (Online)

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Argosy University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in Higher and Postsecondary Education

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Concordia University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.Ed in Career and Technical Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Adolescent Literacy (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Bible Literacy (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Career and Technical Education Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Common Core State Standards Instructional Leader (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - ECE (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - ESOL (K-Adult) (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - English Language Development (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Environmental Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Equity, Ethics, and Justice
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Mathematics (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Methods & Curriculum (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Science (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Social Studies (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Teacher Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - The Inclusive Classroom (SPED) (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - eLearning/Technology Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Special Education - Non Endorsement (Online)
  • Ed.D in Educational Administration (Online)
  • Ed.D in Higher Education (Online)
  • Ed.D in Teacher Leadership (Online)

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Full Sail University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology

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South University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Doctor of Ministry (Online)

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Saint Mary's University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology

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Purdue University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education in Special Education

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Antioch University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Humanities
  • Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Studies: Individualized Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Studies: Literature and Creative Writing Concentration

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Graceland University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MEd in Mild/Moderate Special Education with Licensure (Online)
  • MEd in Technology Integration (Online)
  • Master of Education in Differentiated Instruction (Online)

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Nova Southeastern University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching & Learning with a Curriculum & Instruction Specialization
  • Master of Science in Educational Administration & Leadership

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Keiser University

Campuses: Port St. Lucie, Orlando, Melbourne, Fort Myers, Pembroke Pines, West Palm Beach, Daytona Beach, Lakeland, Tallahassee, Sarasota, Jacksonville, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Miami

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (Online)
  • Associate of Arts in General Studies
  • Associate of Arts in General Studies (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Joint Master of Science in Education and Master of Business Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Allied Health Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Teaching & Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Online Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - College Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Leadership (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Online)
  • Graduate Certificate in Career College Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Argosy University

Campuses: Sarasota

Degrees Offered:

  • MAEd - Educational Leadership
  • EdD in Educational Leadership
  • EdD in Initial Educational Administration

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Rasmussen College

Campuses: New Port Richey, Ocala, Fort Myers, Tampa

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Early Childhood Education: English Language Learner
  • Associate's - Early Childhood Education: Special Needs
  • Associate's - Early Childhood Education: Child Development
  • Associate's - Early Childhood Education: Child and Family Studies
  • Certificate - Early Childhood Education

South University

Campuses: Royal Palm Beach

Degrees Offered:

  • Doctor of Ministry

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*Teacher Salary Information For 2014—2015

Median Elementary School Teacher Salary: $53,090 Median Middle School Teacher Salary: $53,430 Median High School Teacher Salary: $55,050 Average Administrator Salary: $87,760 Median Elementary, Middle and High School Principals: $87,760
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!

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook