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STEM Teachers in Florida

Become a Certified Teacher in this High Need Area

STEM Teachers are in Demand

Science is everywhere around us. Technology continues to expand into all areas of our lives. Engineering tackles the challenges in our ever-changing world. And all of us use mathematics each day. Combined, they are STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Whether you have a professional background or simply an interest in STEM, the state of Florida needs you. Become a STEM teacher through Florida Teachers of Tomorrow and help students learn about the interdisciplinary world of STEM.

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The Responsibilities of STEM Teachers

The responsibilities of STEM teachers vary depending on the age of their students. In general they usually include the following:

  1. Engaging students in research and learning
  2. Working with other teachers in math and science
  3. Assessment and communication of students’ progress
  4. Acting as a learning facilitator not just a presenter of information

Qualities of a STEM Teacher

Truly effective STEM teachers surpass the state curriculum. They show students the real world applications of STEM by involving them in learning process. That’s why successful STEM teachers have many of the following qualities:

  1. An ability to bring STEM lessons to life with real-world applications
  2. An understanding of their students’ different learning styles
  3. An awareness of their students’ sensitivities and differences
  4. A talent for encouraging students to think at a higher level
  5. A commitment to continual professional development
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Steps to Becoming a STEM Teacher

The Florida Teachers of Tomorrow program is approved by the state of Florida to certify educators in many STEM subjects. All you need is a four-year bachelor’s degree, with a GPA of 2.5 or higher to get started. Once we’ve received your completed application, we will require a copy of your official transcripts, and an approved Statement of Eligibility from the FDOE (Florida Department of Education) to be admitted to our program.

Step 1: Training

Upon admission you will begin our comprehensive online training program. At Florida Teachers of Tomorrow our detailed curriculum will help you develop the skills and provide you with the knowledge you need to be prepared for the classroom. Throughout your coursework, field experience, and your internship, Florida Teachers will offer ongoing support and assistance.

Step 2: Testing

Potential teachers seeking their certification in Florida must pass the FTCE (Florida Teacher Certification Exams).  To become a STEM teacher you will need to pass one of the exams listed below, and the General Knowledge Test. During your first year teaching, you will also pass the Professional Education (PEd) Test.

If you are planning to teach at the middle school level you must pass the Subject Area Exam offered by Florida Teachers in one of two subject areas:

  1. Middle Grades General Science
  2. Middle Grades Mathematics

STEM teachers at the secondary level must pass the Subject Area Exam in one of the following areas:

  1. Mathematics
  2. Biology
  3. Chemistry
  4. Physics
  5. Engineering & Technology Education

Florida Teachers of Tomorrow will be with you every step of the way with cutting-edge test preparation materials, all available on our Study Resources page.

Step 3: Teaching

From the moment you begin teaching, you will earn full pay and benefits. Florida Teachers will assign you a Field Supervisor, who will support you throughout the internship. Upon completion of your internship and all program requirements, you will receive your Professional Certificate and become a fully certified teacher in the state of Florida.

Whether you’re interested in teaching at the elementary, middle, or secondary level, educators in the field of STEM are in tremendous demand in Florida. This is the perfect time to invest in your career and in the STEM education of students in your community. Let Florida Teachers of Tomorrow help you become a certified teacher.

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Additional Resources

The following is a brief list of online resources dedicated to the advancement of STEM education and teaching.
http://www.stem-by-design.com/
https://www.ed.gov/Stem

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  • United Kingdom
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