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Great teachers make great students. So if you've always wanted to teach, now's a good time to return to the classroom - as an educator.

Career Pathways

The education field has three general career pathways:

  • Teaching and Training: Individuals who provide instruction to students.
  • Administration: Individuals who develop curriculum and manage schools, colleges, and other places of learning, such as daycare centers.
  • Professional Support Services: Individuals who provide special support services for students, such as school counselors, social works and speech pathologists. 

Meta-Major: Education 

Are you interested in a career in education but not exactly sure what you want to do? Check out the education meta-major at your local state college. A meta-major is a collection of associate degree programs aligned to a general career area, such as education. Because all programs under a meta major have common courses, you can pursue a relevant course of study before deciding on a specific degree program.

Alternative Routes to Certification

If you already have a bachelor's degree, Florida makes it each for college graduates who were not education majors to earn the credentials to teach in K-12 public schools. To learn more about alternative routes to certification, visit Florida Department of Education's Certificate Pathways & Routes. Additionally, TeacherReady is an online alternative teacher certification program offered by the University of West Florida. In just nine months, you will complete the necessary coursework and fieldwork to pass three state exams to qualify for a Florida Professional Teaching Certificate. You can choose certification from more than 30 subject areas.

Education-Career-Income Connection

Most jobs in the education field require a bachelor or advanced degree. 

Teachers Degree Income
Preschool Associate $23,580
K12 Bachelor $44,640 - $47,320
K12 Special Education Bachelor $46,270 - $46,900
Middle and High School (secondary) Career & Technical Education Bachelor $48,130 - $49,280
College (postsecondary): Career & Technical to Law Advanced $62,000 - $108,000
Administrators Degree Income
Preschool / Childcare Center Bachelor $59,350
K12 Advanced $89,750
Other Bachelor $91,600
College (postsecondary) Advanced $104,700
Professional, Administrative and Instructional Support Degree Income
Librarian Technician Certificate $32,870
Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collection Specialist Bachelor $34,620
Interpreter and Translator Bachelor $35,150
Coaches Bachelor $42,850
Instructional Coordinator Advanced $53,730
School Counselor Advanced $54,160
Librarian Advanced $54,920
School Psychologist Advanced $67,640
Fitness and Wellness Coordinator Bachelor $91,600
Distance (Online) Learning Coordinator Bachelor $91,600


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