Florida recognizes the need to hire and support solid math teachers in order to educate strong math students. The Florida Department of Education and other organizations offer funds for education, classroom presentations, loan forgiveness and other incentives only available to math educators and prospective math educators. There are several professional associations that focus on education in general, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in particular.
Florida boasts several programs that allow individuals in other careers to make a smooth transition into the field of education. They also have reciprocity for other states’ teaching licenses (under certain circumstances). Florida’s student to teacher ratio is slightly lower than the national average at 15.8 students per teacher, and salary levels for Florida teachers have increased 1.6 percent (compared to the national average, which saw a loss of income of 0.1 percent). Areas like Fort Walton Beach, Lakeland, Winter Haven, Naples and Marco Island even have median salaries above that of the national average.
Math Teacher Certification in Florida
Math Teaching Qualifications
Florida is committed to ensuring that all students have qualified and engaging teachers in their classrooms. To accomplish this goal, a person seeking to obtain a Florida teaching license/certificate must meet several requirements, including completing the necessary education coursework and passing the requisite teacher examinations.
Credentials & Exams
- Upon completion of the minimum requirements, prospective teachers are granted a Temporary Certificate. This certificate qualifies for three school years and certifies that the certificate holder is competent to teach in the specified disciplines.
- At the completion of three school years worth of teaching, the teacher may apply for a Professional Certificate, which is good for five school years and can be renewed. The Professional Certificate is Florida’s highest teaching certificate. It is obtained by successfully passing certain tests that include a general knowledge section as well as a specialized subject area portion. A helpful chart summarizing the different types of certificates and their requirements can be found here.
- Click here for more information on Florida’s certification process, including information for graduates of Florida state-approved teacher preparation programs, temporary certificates, reciprocity and more.
- Once an application for certification has been submitted, the Bureau of Educator Certification (BEC) will determine exactly which tests are required for an individual’s certification. Tests will likely include one or more of:
- Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE), which tests general knowledge.
- Professional Education Tests (PEd), which assess educational philosophies and practices.
- FTCE Subject Area Examinations (SAE) are used to assess mastery in a content area.
- Florida Educational Leadership Examinations (FELE) for administrative certifications.
Alternative Certification for Math Teachers
Florida also offers an alternative route to certification. Prospective teachers can choose to participate in the Educator Preparation Institute (EPI). EPI allows individuals holding a non-education degree to complete sessions ensuring they’re both educationally and professionally prepared to begin teaching. Upon completing the necessary coursework, individuals will be granted a permit providing them with lateral entry into the field of education.
Financial Aid for FL Math Teachers
- Florida Power Light STEM Grants for Energy Education: FPL supports STEM education by offering grants to teachers in K-12 schools, free traveling school assembly program for grades K-5, teacher workshops with stipend and matching grants for donations.
- The Sunshine State Scholars Program: This program provides opportunities for rising junior and senior students to study STEM topics in-depth and alongside professionals in the field.
- Minority Teacher Award Scholarship: This scholarship provides a $4,000 annual award to a minority student who is studying to be a teacher.
- State loan forgiveness programs, The Florida Department of Education, OSFA: To support the Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers, the Florida DOE may provide up to $17,500 in funds and interest for Federal Family Education Loans and/or Direct Loans if a teacher teaches five consecutive years in a designated low-income school.
Salaries for Math Teachers in Florida
Below is a table containing 2013 data from the US Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) showing average annual wages for Florida teachers at various grade levels. You can click on the column headers to sort by that column.
The red and green text in the table shows whether the salary is above or below the national average for that grade level.
In terms of annual income, the top grade level & city combos in Florida are as follows:
- Elementary School Teachers in Punta Gorda, FL: average of $54,540 per year
- Middle School Teachers in Punta Gorda, FL: average of $54,520 per year
- Secondary School Teachers in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL: average of $53,850 per year
- Middle School Teachers in Naples-Marco Island, FL: average of $52,000 per year
- Secondary School Teachers in Gainesville, FL: average of $51,880 per year
|Location||Elementary School Teachers||Kindergarten Teachers||Middle School Teachers||Secondary School Teachers|
|Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL||$48,780||$46,860||$48,010||$50,180|
|Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL||$47,660||$45,080||$48,720||$49,880|
|Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL||not provided||$36,040||$46,550||not provided|
|Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL||$42,170||$41,500||$42,270||$42,470|
|Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL||$49,330||$46,720||$49,820||$53,850|
|Naples-Marco Island, FL||$50,450||$50,900||$52,000||$51,260|
|North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL||$48,410||$50,520||$49,180||$51,730|
|Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL||$43,240||$40,420||$42,740||$44,090|
|Palm Coast, FL||$47,730||$48,220||$49,930||not provided|
|Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL||$41,310||not provided||$41,350||$42,650|
|Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL||$49,450||$47,170||$49,120||$50,790|
|Port St. Lucie, FL||$47,170||$46,360||$47,780||$49,680|
|Punta Gorda, FL||$54,540||$49,050||$54,520||not provided|
|Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL||$41,190||$41,730||$42,470||$42,620|
|Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL||$43,730||$43,250||$44,650||$43,760|
Math Teaching Degrees in Florida
Below we've listed all of the Florida math teacher education programs in our database. We're constantly scouring the web to find new programs to add, so feel free to check back frequently.
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Fast Facts for Florida Math Teachers
Florida Department of Education
Turlington Building, Ste 1514325 West Gaines St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Common Core Standards adopted Feb. 2010; implemented 2013-14. Learn more about math standards for Florida here.
Teacher Shortages in MathNone reported in 2014-15.
Expenditure per Student: $8,637
Florida’s public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $8,637, or 78% of the national average. (Source: NEA)