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With an expanding aging population, Florida is relying on the next generation of children to take on jobs in medicine, politics, and other fields that either expect to have a huge number of retiring professionals or that serve the aging population. These efforts begin at the elementary school level and continue through post-secondary education.

Lawmakers recently approved an increase in education funding of $20.2 billion for the 2020–2021 fiscal year. As a result, more teachers will be hired, training for existing teachers will be expanded, and classrooms will get the technology they need.

Recently U.S. News and World Report published a report of the top 10 states for education—and Florida came in at #3! If you want to be a part of this success, read on to learn more about the myriad education programs in Florida.

How to Become a Teacher in Florida

To teach in Florida you need a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate (license). Although you can teach for several years with a temporary certificate, in the end you will need to earn the full professional certificate, the Florida Professional Certificate.

The Florida Department of Education defines several routes you can take in order to qualify for the Florida Professional Certificate.

Direct Pathway

Taking this path leads you directly to earning the Florida Professional Certificate. You will need to complete an Initial Teacher Preparation (ITP) program, which is generally incorporated in a bachelor’s or master’s of education degree program. Once you complete the program, which will include a specified number of student teaching hours, you can apply for the Florida Professional Certificate. 

Alternative Pathways

Alternative pathways entail earning a temporary teaching certificate and then completing additional coursework to qualify for the Florida Professional Certificate.

This path is optimal for several groups of people:

  • If you have a bachelor’s in another subject and want to become a teacher, you can enroll in a Florida-approved Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) program. Upon successful completion, you will be qualified to apply for the Florida Professional Certificate. This program generally takes about nine months.
  • If you are a newly-hired teacher who earned a temporary certificate based on professional subject matter expertise, you can complete a Professional Development Certification Program (PDCP) in order to qualify for a professional certificate. This type of program is an alternative to completing required courses through a college or university. PDCPs are offered by Florida public school districts or charter schools. They are generally two-year programs that you can take while working.

Certificates in Florida

There are two types of certificates in Florida: a temporary certificate and a professional certificate. You need a bachelor’s degree to earn both types.

A temporary certificate allows you to teach in Florida for three years. Most people who are teaching with this certificate are also taking coursework to qualify for a professional certificate. The temporary certificate is nonrenewable.

You will need to earn a Florida Professional Certificate to teach in Florida on a permanent basis. The certificate is valid for five years; to renew you will have to complete professional development requirements.

Both certificates require a bachelor’s degree and a passing score on the appropriate Florida subject matter exam. To earn a Florida Professional Certificate you also need to pass the Florida Professional Education Test.

For more information about certification, visit the Florida Department of Education.

Paying for Your Education

In addition to financial aid, grants, and scholarships, Florida has a Tuition Waiver for Classroom Teachers program. In this program, Florida colleges may waive tuition and associated fees for classroom teachers who are enrolled in approved courses up to six college credit hours per term.

You can also apply for the Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness program. You will be eligible for this program if you teach full-time for a specified number of years in districts that serve low-income students.

To learn about other financial aid opportunities, refer to the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance website.

Career Outlook for Educators in Florida

One of the major benefits of becoming a teacher in Florida is the faster-than-average job growth outlook. CareerOneStop predicts a 13% boost in kindergarten, elementary, and special education jobs and a 14% increase in secondary education jobs between 2016 and 2026. These figures are about twice those for the United States as a whole.

You may find that you have more than one opportunity available to you after graduation if you are flexible about which district you work in and which part of the state you live in.

2018 Median Annual Teaching Salaries in Florida
  • Elementary: $48,630
  • Secondary: $52,121
  • Post-Secondary*: $80,800

Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

*Average of all individual post-secondary teaching salaries provided by BLS.

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Additional Education Degree Schools in Florida
Barry University (Miami Shores, FL)
Subject(s):
Administration, Curriculum/Instruction, ESL/TESOL, Gifted & Talented, Instructional Technology, Reading/Literacy, School Counseling/Psychology, Special Ed
Carlos Albizu University-Miami Campus (Miami, FL)
Subject(s):
Curriculum/Instruction, ESL/TESOL, Special Ed
Clearwater Christian College (Clearwater, FL)
Subject(s):
Administration
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Tallahassee, FL)
NCATE accredited
Subject(s):
Administration, Adult/Higher Ed, Business, Career/Vocational, English/Language Arts, History/Social Studies, Math, Phys Ed/Health, School Counseling/Psychology, Science
Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL)
NCATE accredited
Subject(s):
Art, Curriculum/Instruction, English/Language Arts, ESL/TESOL, Foreign Languages, History/Social Studies, Instructional Technology, Math, Music, Reading/Literacy, School Counseling/Psychology, Science, Special Ed, Speech/Communications
Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers, FL)
Subject(s):
Instructional Technology, Reading/Literacy, School Counseling/Psychology, Special Ed
Florida International University (Miami, FL)
NCATE accredited
Subject(s):
Art, Curriculum/Instruction, English/Language Arts, ESL/TESOL, Foreign Languages, History/Social Studies, Math, Phys Ed/Health, Reading/Literacy, School Counseling/Psychology, Science, Special Ed
Florida Memorial University (Miami Gardens, FL)
NCATE accredited
Subject(s):
Special Ed
Florida Southern College (Lakeland, FL)
Subject(s):
Curriculum/Instruction
Florida State University (Tallahasee, FL)
Subject(s):
Administration, Career/Vocational, Curriculum/Instruction, English/Language Arts, ESL/TESOL, Foreign Languages, History/Social Studies, Instructional Technology, Math, Phys Ed/Health, Reading/Literacy, Science, Special Ed
Full Sail University (Winter Park, FL)
Jacksonville University (Jacksonville, FL)
Subject(s):
Administration, Curriculum/Instruction, ESL/TESOL, Math, Phys Ed/Health
Keiser University (Clearwater, FL / Daytona Beach, FL / Fort Lauderdale, FL / Fort Myers, FL / Lakeland, FL / Melbourne, FL / New Port Richey, FL / Orlando, FL / Port St. Lucie, FL / Sarasota, FL / Tallahassee, FL / Tampa, FL / West Palm Beach, FL)
Subject(s):
Administration, Adult/Higher Ed, Business, Career/Vocational, Curriculum/Instruction, Instructional Technology, Phys Ed/Health
Lynn University (Boca Raton, FL)
Subject(s):
Administration, Adult/Higher Ed, Curriculum/Instruction, Special Ed
Manatee County Schools (Bradenton, FL)
Subject(s):
Science
Nova Southeastern University- Online (Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL / North Miami Beach, FL)
Subject(s):
Curriculum/Instruction, Instructional Technology, Math, Reading/Literacy
Palm Beach Atlantic University (West Palm Beach, FL)
Subject(s):
School Counseling/Psychology
Rollins College (Winter Park, FL)
Subject(s):
Art, Curriculum/Instruction, ESL/TESOL
Saint Leo University (Saint Leo, FL)
Subject(s):
Administration, Curriculum/Instruction, Reading/Literacy, Special Ed
Saint Leo University - Online Masters (Saint Leo, FL)
Subject(s):
Administration, Gifted & Talented, Instructional Technology, Reading/Literacy
Southeastern University (Lakeland, FL)
Subject(s):
Administration, School Counseling/Psychology
St. Thomas University - Online (Miami Gardens, FL)
Subject(s):
Administration, Curriculum/Instruction, ESL/TESOL, Reading/Literacy, School Counseling/Psychology, Science, Special Ed
Stetson University (Deland, FL)
NCATE accredited
Subject(s):
Administration, Curriculum/Instruction, English/Language Arts, Phys Ed/Health, Reading/Literacy, School Counseling/Psychology
Talmudic College of Florida (Miami Beach, FL)
The University of Tampa (Tampa, FL)
Subject(s):
Curriculum/Instruction, ESL/TESOL, History/Social Studies, Math, Science
Trinity Baptist College (Jacksonville, FL)
Subject(s):
Administration, Curriculum/Instruction, Special Ed
University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
NCATE accredited
Subject(s):
Administration, Curriculum/Instruction, English/Language Arts, Foreign Languages, Gifted & Talented, History/Social Studies, Math, Reading/Literacy, Science, Special Ed
University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
NCATE accredited
Subject(s):
Curriculum/Instruction, English/Language Arts, ESL/TESOL, History/Social Studies, Instructional Technology, Math, Reading/Literacy, School Counseling/Psychology, Science
University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL)
Subject(s):
Administration, Adult/Higher Ed, Curriculum/Instruction, Phys Ed/Health, School Counseling/Psychology, Special Ed
University of North Florida - Online (Jacksonville, FL)
NCATE accredited
Subject(s):
Adult/Higher Ed, Curriculum/Instruction, ESL/TESOL, Instructional Technology, Reading/Literacy, School Counseling/Psychology, Special Ed
University of Phoenix (Clearwater, FL / Daytona Beach, FL / Fort Lauderdale, FL / Jacksonville, FL / Maitland, FL / Miami, FL / Miramar, FL / Orange Park, FL / Orlando, FL / Palm Beach Gardens, FL / Plantation, FL / Sarasota, FL / Tampa, FL / Temple Terrace, FL)
Subject(s):
Administration, Adult/Higher Ed, Art, Curriculum/Instruction, English/Language Arts, Math, Reading/Literacy, Special Ed
University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)
NCATE accredited
Subject(s):
Administration, Adult/Higher Ed, Career/Vocational, Curriculum/Instruction, English/Language Arts, ESL/TESOL, Foreign Languages, Gifted & Talented, History/Social Studies, Instructional Technology, Math, Phys Ed/Health, Reading/Literacy, School Counseling/Psychology, Science, Special Ed
University of South Florida St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg, FL)
NCATE candidate
Subject(s):
Administration, Curriculum/Instruction, English/Language Arts, ESL/TESOL, Math, Reading/Literacy, Science, Special Ed
University of West Florida - Online (Pensacola, FL)
NCATE accredited
Subject(s):
Administration, Curriculum/Instruction, ESL/TESOL, Gifted & Talented, Instructional Technology, Reading/Literacy, School Counseling/Psychology, Special Ed
Warner University (Lake Wales, FL)