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 $46,912 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!

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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Grand Canyon University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • 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)

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Keiser University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Education Specialist in Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Teaching & Learning (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Graduate Certificate in Career College Administration (Online)
  • 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 - College Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Online Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • PhD in Adult Education (Online)
  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)

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Northcentral University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Education (MEd) - Accelerated Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Accelerated Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Adult Learning and Workforce Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Athletic Coaching (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - General Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - International Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - PK-12 Principal Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Special Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - General Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - International Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Special Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Curriculum and Teacher (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - International Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Special Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • PhD in Education - E-Learning (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - English Second Language (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Special Education (Online)

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Capella University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Development (Online)
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology (Online)
  • Master of Science in School Psychology (Online)
  • PhD in Educational Psychology (Online)
  • PsyD in School Psychology (Online)

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Pacific Oaks College

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education (online)
  • Master of Arts in Human Development (Online)

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University of Southern California - Rossier School of Education

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Gifted Education Certificate (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - TESOL (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching w/ Teaching Credential (Online)
  • Master of Education in Advanced Instruction (Online)
  • Master's of Education - Gifted Education Certificate (Online)

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University of Phoenix

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education
  • Continuing Education for Educators

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Kaplan University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

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

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Post University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Instructional Design & Technology (Online)

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Walden University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Child Development (Online)

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Argosy University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in Teaching & Learning

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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)
  • 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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American University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Online)

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Abilene Christian University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Education in Higher Education (Online)

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University of the Southwest

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MSEd - Curriculum and Instruction
  • MSEd - Early Childhood
  • MSEd - Education Administration
  • MSEd - Special Education
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Bilingual
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: TESOL

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Purdue University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

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

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Lewis University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Higher Education - Student Services (Online)

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Argosy University

Campuses: Sarasota

Degrees Offered:

  • PsyD in School Psychology
  • MAEd - Educational Leadership
  • EdD in Educational Leadership
  • EdD in Initial Educational Administration

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Strayer University

Campuses: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Maitland, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, Palm Beach Gardens

Degrees Offered:

  • MEd - Adult Education and Development
  • MEd - Instructional Technology
  • MEd - Teacher Leadership
  • MEd - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

University of Phoenix

Campuses: Kendall Learning Center, Cypress Creek Learning Center, Miami Learning Center, West Florida Learning Center, South Florida Main, Central Florida Main

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education
  • Continuing Education for Educators

Keiser University

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

Degrees Offered:

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

Brown Mackie College

Campuses: Miami

Degrees Offered:

  • Early Childhood Education (AS)

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Southwest Florida College

Campuses: Tampa

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's in Elementary Education
  • Associate's in Early Childhood Education

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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