Private School Teacher Requirements in Florida

Private school teachers have less certification and education requirements than public school teachers do. We'll explore the path aspiring teachers can take to secure a position in a private school in Florida.

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Private school teachers generally have a different set of guidelines and requirements than public school teachers. These schools are not funded or run by the government, so they can be a bit more lenient with their requirements. This article will look at some of the possible steps to become a private school teacher.

Requirements for Florida Private School Teachers

Average Salary for Teachers in Florida (2016)* $47,610 (Elementary)
$48,840 (Middle)
$51,610 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Required Field Education
Testing Requirements None

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Degree

Aspiring private school teachers do not have a specific level of education they must obtain. It is a wise choice to obtain at minimum a bachelor's degree, as this is what Florida requires for public school teachers, and this would allow you to seek certification at a public school. You should seek a school that offers a program in the grade level you wish to teach. For instance, an early education program is perfect for a teacher who wants to work with elementary students. You'll also get some practice in the field teaching in a classroom under a supervising mentor. Working in a private school is a good option for those who have earned an education outside of Florida as well, because there is no program approval needed.

Step 2: Complete the Testing Requirements (Optional)

In Florida, teachers take the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) as part of their certification process. Though private school teachers are not required to take this exam as part of their career path, taking it could be beneficial. The FTCE has three subtests that can be taken separately: general knowledge, professional education, and subject area.

The general knowledge test includes an essay and 125 multiple-choice questions. Testers are given 245 minutes to complete this portion. The professional exam is 150 minutes long with 120 questions. Finally, the subject area exam varies depending on the subject you want to teach. For instance, the reading k-12 exam has 120 questions and is 150 minutes long.

Step 3: Get Fingerprinted

Upon employment, all teachers who want to teach in private schools in Florida must be fingerprinted. Either you or the school will be responsible for the processing costs. The state's Department of Education will approve the fingerprints and run a criminal background check on you before sending the results to the private school for inspection. The typical processing fee is $24, and it takes about a week for the results to come back.

Teacher Certification Sources

The following links are a few of the resources available to you if you want to become a teacher. Along with the FTCE preparation, there is a link for learning how to teach, and additional resources for teaching professionals.

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