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Teacher Education

The Board of Governors Office of Academic and Student Affairs collaborates with the SUS Colleges of Education, the Florida Department of Education, and external agencies, such as The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), to support efforts to increase the number of qualified teachers entering the profession, especially in the areas of: math, science, engineering, and technology (STEM), and the state’s other critical shortage areas.

Pathways to the Classroom

Florida offers several different pathways in which a prospective teacher may become certified and employed in a K-12 classroom.

Initial Teacher Preparation (ITP) Programs exist at twelve campuses of ten State universities. ITP programs enable students to complete an undergraduate degree in education from a state approved teacher preparation program. Traditional teacher preparation programs generally take four years to complete an undergraduate degree. Students are typically admitted to these programs in the junior year after completing all of the lower division, general education coursework and satisfying the common prerequisites for each program.

Several SUS institutions offer education degrees at the master’s and doctoral level for teachers who want to enhance their skills or move into administrative roles within the K-12 setting. The Master of Arts in Teaching is a popular program, allowing individuals holding a bachelor’s degree in another field to become certified as a teacher in Florida.

Alternative Preparation Programs offer alternative routes for individuals interested in teaching but who need more flexible options in their preparation. Alternative certification programs prepare newly hired teachers, or individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree, with the professional preparation needed to qualify for a Professional Certificate to teach in a K-12 classroom. Prospective or practicing teachers who hold a Florida Temporary Certificate may choose to enroll in either of the following alternative programs to complete the requirements for a Professional Certificate in Florida.

Financial Aid for Prospective and Practicing Teachers in Florida

Florida is dedicated to recruiting and producing highly qualified and effective teachers in its public K-12 classrooms. Prospective and practicing teachers are directed to the Florida Department of Education for financial support in their educational and career endeavors.

Additional Resources for Prospective and Practicing Teachers in Florida