Questions and Answers
Will this major or minor lead to state certification or a state teaching license?
No. Not at present. We will be working with the State of Florida Department of Education over the next several years to work toward teaching certification opportunities for our students. Nonetheless, while the University is exploring the requirements to get the major and minor approved for the purposes of state certification, the student should not anticipate such approval in determining whether or not to pursue the major or minor.
How do I find out more about teacher certification in Florida?
Contact the Florida Department of Education at http://www.teachinflorida.com.
Can I teach in a school without certification?
Many states, including Florida, have a system whereby a college graduate can receive a temporary teaching license, which allows you to teach in a public school while pursing certification.
Can I teach in a private school without a credential?
Some private schools do not require any teaching credential. Other private schools may ask for you to get a temporary license while they take you through their own on the job licensing program.
How does alternative certification work?
Visit your target state’s education website for details. Many states have programs to provide a type of portfolio based on-the-job training program in conjunction with standardized tests which results in teacher certification without having to take formal college coursework.
What is the value of the major or minor?
Knowledge of how to teach will benefit you as a student, parent, or teacher. Knowing how to effectively teach and assess what you have taught is a critical skill in a variety of disciplines, occupations, and life experiences even if you never formally teach in a K-12 classroom. If you are trying to get a job as a teacher, a comprehensive background in education may assist in getting you hired and gaining access to alternative certification. The AMU major and minor are designed to expose you to many of the competencies you will be expected to master under the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices, or FEAPS. At the conclusion of our major or minor you will have a portfolio demonstrating your level of competence in critical areas. It will be up to your future employer, graduate program, or state credentialing department to determine if the courses you have taken at AMU will satisfy their internal requirements. Regardless, you will be exposed to the critical knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective teacher and prepared to step into a position of classroom leadership.