Training for Teaching in Tampa, FL with Program and School Info

There are six schools in and around Tampa, Florida, that offer teacher training programs. To make an informed education decision, learn about the degree options and requirements at three of the colleges located within roughly 10 miles of downtown.

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Tampa Schools with Teacher Training Degrees

Within less than 20 minutes of the city center, Tampa students can find undergraduate and graduate training options that prepare them to work in the field of education. To find out what earning a degree entails, read an overview of the courses and field experiences required in programs at three area colleges. You can further compare the featured institutions using the provided table of statistics and also get details on three other teaching schools in the vicinity.

  • The University of Tampa, which is located less than one mile from downtown, offers several bachelor's degree programs and a master's degree program in teaching. These programs prepare students to take the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) to become licensed and teach kindergarten through twelfth grade. A certification endorsement in teaching English to speakers of other languages is also available at the university.
  • Florida College, which is situated approximately 11 miles from central Tampa, offers a bachelor's degree program in elementary education that prepares students to teach kindergarten through sixth grade in public or private schools.
  • The University of South Florida offers Bachelor of Art, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts in Teaching and graduate-level certificate programs that prepare students to teach in specific content areas or grade levels. This university is located approximately 10 miles from Tampa's downtown area.

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Comparison of Schools

Use the table below to compare the featured colleges in areas that might be helpful as you try to decide on which institution best fits your needs. It includes facts and figures on acceptance rates, tuition, student retention and more.

University of Tampa Florida College University of South Florida
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit* 4-year, private not-for-profit* 4-year, public*
Total Enrollment (2014) 7,683* 555* 41,938*
Campus Setting Large city* Large suburb* Large city*
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $27,044* $16,074* $6,410 for in-state and $17,324 for out-of-state students*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2014) 94%* 95%* 97%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 52%* 77%* 53%*
Retention Rate (2014) 72% for full-time students* 64% for full-time students* 89% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (2014) 62%* 51%* 67%*

Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics

University of Tampa

The University of Tampa's education programs are offered thorough the Education Department, which is a component of the university's College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education. Its teacher education programs are accredited by the Florida Department of Education.

Bachelor's Degrees

This university offers bachelor's degree programs in elementary education, physical education (K-12), and secondary English, mathematics, social science or biology education. Students in these 4-year programs complete practicums and cooperative learning experiences. Instruction in these programs is delivered through classroom lectures, simulations, debates, role plays and panel discussions.

Master's of Education Degree

The university offers a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. The curriculum of this approximately 50-credit program, which prepares students to teach in K-12 classrooms, includes courses in instructional methods, teaching English to speakers of other languages, human development and secondary school student assessments.

Certification Endorsements

In addition to a degree, students at the University of Tampa can earn a certification endorsement in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Earning this endorsement requires completion of 15 credit hours of study.

Florida College

Florida College's elementary education bachelor's degree program incorporates biblical and Christian studies into its teacher training curriculum.

Bachelor's Degree

The curriculum of this 128-credit program includes coursework to earn an English as a second language endorsement and a degree in elementary education. Classes in the program cover topics like methods of teaching art and music, literacy assessment and children's literature. Students also complete a field experience and internship. Students in the program must pass three certification exams to graduate.

University of South Florida

The University of South Florida's teacher training programs are offered through its College of Education. Its programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Bachelor's Degrees

These programs require a minimum of 120-credit hours of study. Their curriculum includes coursework in teaching English as a second language and an internship. Special education teaching programs prepare students to work with children suffering from behavioral, learning or emotional disabilities.

Master's Degrees

The university's Master of Arts in Teaching programs are designed for individuals who possess a bachelor's degree in a field of study other than education seeking to earn teaching certification. These programs require 30 credit hours of study and include an internship and student teaching experience.

Graduate Certificate Programs

The university offers graduate certificate programs in college teaching, composition, English as a second language, English education and mathematics that prepare aspiring teachers to earn certification in the respective field of study. These programs require 12-18 credit hours of study and may be offered partially or entirely online.

Other Schools

Situated about 17 miles from downtown Tampa, Clearwater Christian College offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in elementary education for kindergarten through sixth grade, music and physical education for kindergarten through twelfth grade and biology, English, mathematics, and social studies education for sixth through twelfth grade. These programs prepare students for state certification exams and also meet the certification requirements for the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Association of Christian Schools International and the American Association of Christian Schools.

St. Petersburg College, which is located approximately 18 miles from the center of Tampa, offers Bachelor of Science degree completion programs in pre-kindergarten/elementary education, elementary education, exceptional student education, middle grades math or science education and secondary grades math and science education. These programs prepare students to earn professional teacher certification from Florida's Department of Education.

On its St. Petersburg Campus, The University of South Florida offers a bachelor's degree programs in elementary education, English as a second language and reading that are fully approved by the Florida Department of Education. The university also offers master's degree programs in reading, elementary education and exceptional student education that lead to teaching certification. This campus is located about 24 miles from downtown Tampa.

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