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Why Study Education at Barry University?

Outlook for the Field of Education*

  • Employment of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers is expected to grow by 13 percent between 2008 and 2018.
  • Non-English speaking students will continue to grow, creating demand for bilingual teachers and for those who teach English as a second language.
  • Teachers who are geographically mobile and who obtain licensure in more than one subject are likely to have a distinct advantage in finding a job.
  • Job prospects are best for teachers in high-demand fields, such as mathematics, science, and bilingual education, and in urban or rural school districts.
  • The Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) is a test required by the State of Florida in order to be certified to teach in Florida.

* Projections from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos318.htm

How Our Graduates Are Prepared

  • Our graduates are classroom ready in early childhood, elementary, or special education teaching, with a content minor in one of the following areas: Math, Science, Literature, or Social Science.
  • Our graduates receive a State of Florida endorsement in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) that help effectively educate linguistically- and culturally-diverse children.
  • The State of Florida has reciprocity agreements with other states so it is easy for our students to become a certified teacher in another state.
  • Students can obtain a Master of Science in Education (MS) in one year, which increases the chances of earning certification outside of Florida. Receiving the master's degree broadens our graduates' career options, allowing them to pursue teaching elsewhere.
  • With two endorsements and a master's in education, our graduates can receive a higher salary than teachers with just a bachelor's degree once they enter the job market.
  • Our graduates receive a content area minor in General Science, Literature, Math, or Social Science and are eligible for Florida certification in grades 5-9 in the chosen content area minor.
  • Our graduates receive these State of Florida endorsements:
    • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
    • Reading
  • Students complete a one-year internship in either the fourth or sixth largest school districts in the country: Miami-Dade County or Broward County, giving them experience with culturally- diverse groups of children.
  • Students receive mentoring from University faculty as a first year teacher while enrolled in the M.S. option of the program.
  • 100% of students pass all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) before graduating from the program.

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