Florida’s school system is the 4th largest school system in the nation. Florida's 67 public school districts are comprised of more than 4,000 public schools (including public charter schools) that enroll almost 3 million students annually. Florida needs teachers in many subject areas and grade levels. Critical need subject areas include: Exceptional Student Education (special education), English for Speakers of Other Languages(ESOL), Foreign Languages, Middle and High School Level English/Language Arts, Middle and High School Level Mathematics, Middle and High School Level Science, Reading and Technology Education - Industrial Arts. In support of Florida's affirmative action goals, minority applicants in all teaching fields are encouraged to apply.
Our public school districts are defined by county boundaries; therefore, each school district is unique with respect to its hiring procedures. Interested individuals must apply directly to the district for employment. To interview and be formally considered for a particular teaching vacancy, applicants must have a current employment application on file with that district's personnel office.
To assist persons interested in teaching in Florida, the Bureau of Educator Recruitment, Development, and Retention provides the following information and recommendations:
- Complete and return the employment applications and required documents to the district where you are seeking employment.
- Check with each district about the process for scheduling interviews, as the process may vary by district. Some districts may require an initial interview at the personnel office before allowing a teacher candidate to interview at the school level. Others may desire that you contact the school with the vacancy to schedule an interview, if your application is complete and on file at the district personnel office.
If you intend to travel in Florida in a district where you are interested in teaching and have an application on file, write or call the personnel office to determine whether it is possible to schedule an interview for anticipated vacancies while you are in the area. Teaching salaries differ among districts, as does the cost of living throughout the state. A list of beginning salaries by district (PDF) is provided.