Teaching Degrees in Florida

Anyone who plans to earn a teaching degree in Florida and/or wishes to teach in the Florida public school system needs to know some important information about:

  • The impact of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Florida teacher certification

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully accredited teaching degrees in Florida.

Teaching Degrees in Florida

There are 49 colleges and universities in the state of Florida that offer teaching degrees. The majority of Florida teachers, 59.29 percent, have a bachelor’s degree. Teachers with Master’s degrees make up 36.72 percent of the total. During the 2010-2011 school year, 110,116 teachers held a bachelor’s degree and made an average salary of $42,928, while 68,208 teachers had a master’s degree and an average salary of $49.189.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants

A college education takes a lot of work, time, and money. Following is a list of scholarships that can help with tuition support:

Bright Futures Scholarships
Bright Futures Scholarships are sponsored by the Florida Lottery and reward high school graduates for their high academic achievement. Students must be Florida residents and U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Application must be submitted during the last year of high school prior to graduation.

Florida Association of Educational Data Systems Scholarship
One or more $3,000 scholarships awarded to a Florida teacher who is seeking a post-baccalaureate degree related to instructional computing or computer science at an accredited Florida college or university.

Florida International University Scholarships
FIU’s College of Education offers several scholarships to students pursuing teaching degrees.

Leslie N. Wilson-Delores Auzenne Fellowship
This Florida State University assistantship is available for all new or currently enrolled minority graduate students. The stipend is a minimum of $5,000 per academic year plus tuition waivers.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship
The Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood Scholarship Program gives scholarships to early care educators and center directors so they can work towards earning an associate’s degree or credentials in early childhood education.

Tuition Support Programs for Exceptional Student Educators
The Tuition Support Programs for Exceptional Student Educators offers several types of scholarships and financial support.

University of North Florida
The University of North Florida offers a variety of scholarships and fellowships to students pursuing teaching degrees.

University of South Florida College of Education Scholarships
The University of South Florida offers a variety of scholarships to students pursuing teaching degrees.

University of West Florida Scholarships
The University of West Florida’s School of Education offers a variety of scholarships to students pursuing teaching degrees.

Florida Teacher Certification

Educational requirements for Florida teachers include:

  • a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
  • a completed application
  • passing all three elements of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE)

There are two types of teacher certification in Florida: a Professional Certificate or a Temporary Certificate. A Professional certificate is renewable and is valid for five school years. It is Florida’s highest educator certificate. The Temporary certificate is nonrenewable and valid for three school years. A Temporary certificate allows a teacher time to complete all requirements necessary for receiving a Professional certificate while he/she teaches full-time.

To receive Professional Certification, candidates must:

  • Have at least a bachelor’s degree
  • Pass all three elements of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (subject area, professional education, general knowledge)
  • Agree to be fingerprinted

To renew a Professional teaching certificate, teachers must earn six semester hours of college credit or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better during each renewal period. All college level credits used for certificate renewal must be completed at an accredited or approved Florida college or university.

Additional Resources about Teaching in Florida

The following resources provide more information about earning a teaching degree and working as a teacher in Florida.

Florida Department of Education
This is an excellent website that is easy to maneuver and contains valuable information about Florida’s education system.

Florida Education Association
The Florida teachers’ union numbers 140,000 members.

Teach in Florida
An exceptional web resource for future and current teachers with information on preparation, professional development, and teaching standards.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
A website with a plethora of information on Florida’s economy, businesses, communities, and workforce.

Florida Economy at a Glance
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has compiled information on Florida’s wages, labor force, prices, living conditions, and even breaks the information down into metropolitan areas.

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