By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News
Posted 5/16/17 (Tue)
When my wife and I visited
There are 67 counties in the state of
Why is there such a demand for teachers in a state like
It turns out,
The shortage across the
It has also been recognized by the Florida Legislature that one doesn’t have to have a teaching degree to teach in a high school.
As long as you have a bachelor’s degree from a legitimate university or college and can prove it, you can become a teacher in
Pick your community;
From what I understand, the greatest shortage is in math and English teachers. I’ve been told by the
It’s so bad that recruiters have gone to
When we were in
So how do you teach in a public school without teaching credentials like you need in
What the Florida Department of Education allows you to do is get a temporary teaching certificate that is good for three years. When you sign a contract, your part of the bargain is that you will work toward a permanent teaching certificate within those three years which is considered plenty of time to make that happen.
The three-year, temporary certificate can’t be renewed so that is your time hack.
Sound interesting? There’s a website called (teachinflorida) that lays out protocol for becoming a teacher in the state of
The first thing a person must do is get in touch with a recruiter, then have an official transcript sent to the Florida Department of Education for analysis.
That agency will determine what your forte might be. As an example, mine would be social studies and English, in that order. That means with a journalism degree, I could teach journalism, English, history or geography.
And because I played baseball in college, if I can prove it, that easily opens the door to coaching baseball at a high school level in Florida.
There’s also the military option. With Naval Air Station Pensacola and Tyndall Air Force Base nearby, a lot of military retirees are recruited as well.
Again, as an example, because I taught officer candidate school for six years, I would be granted three years of eligibility. Thus, if I started teaching in
There’s no doubt the state is in dire straits when it comes to teachers. It includes public, parochial, charter and military schools.
Even more interesting is you can basically pick and choose. I would have no desire to teach in
OK, so let’s say
My daughter, who has a master’s degree in English from
If she were to go to