How to Become a Teacher in Jacksonville
Located in the northeastern corner of Florida on the Atlantic coast, Jacksonville is home to an estimated 11,830 teachers, many of whom work in the Duval County Public Schools school district.1 To work as a teacher in the public school system, you will need to be certified by the Florida Department of Education. This process requires a bachelor’s degree and successful completion of an educator preparation program and content exams. Private and charter schools often have their own requirements, which are discussed in our Private and Charter Schools in Jacksonville section. Employment projections through 2023 suggest that teaching positions will grow moderately in the Jacksonville region with the highest number of new positions becoming available in elementary schools.2 Keep reading to find out more about teaching in Jacksonville.
Jacksonville School District Steps for Becoming a Teacher
Teachers in Jacksonville must have a Professional Florida Educator’s Certificate issued by the Florida Department of Education. To earn this certificate, you will need to complete a bachelor’s degree and approved teacher preparation program, complete an approved alternative educator program, or have out-of-state credentials reviewed for equivalency. See our certification section for more information. If you have been certified, you can follow the steps below to look for jobs with Duval County Public Schools.
Step 1: Complete the online application.
First you should complete the online application and submit your transcripts, proof of certification, and resume. Once your application is complete, you will be able to apply for open positions throughout the district.
Step 2: Attend an interview with school officials.
Schools will contact you individually if your application matches their requirements. You will likely be asked to attend an interview with school officials to see if you are a good match for the school and job. You may also be asked to bring additional documents, such as sample lesson plans or exercises.
Step 3: Complete the hiring process.
If the school would like to hire you for the position, the principal must submit an employment eligibility review form to the school board to ensure you meet the requirements for the position. You will then attend an individual orientation to complete administrative and human resources details and a two-day new teacher orientation with other new hires before your first day of school.
How to Become a Substitute Teacher with the Jacksonville School District
Kelly Educational Staffing manages substitute teaching positions on behalf of Duval County Public Schools. You should apply to Kelly Educational Staffing directly for these jobs. You must have at least 60 credits of community college or university, English literacy, and be able to pass a fingerprint background check. If you are invited to a pre-screening interview, you will also complete a substitute teaching orientation, an employment orientation, and a behavioral interview, along with submitting your resume, two reference letters, and official transcripts. Substitute teachers must work at least one Monday and one Friday each month to remain active in the system.
Jacksonville Teacher Certification Requirements
There are many routes to teacher certification in Jacksonville. The traditional path is to complete a bachelor’s degree program that includes a teacher preparation component and apply directly for certification. If you have an out-of-state teaching certification, you may also be able to apply for your Florida certification equivalency. See the Florida certification page for more information.
Alternatively, if you have a bachelor’s degree but did not complete teacher preparation you can also apply for temporary certification or an alternative educator program that will help you gain real classroom teaching experience and complete the requirements while you work towards full certification. See our Florida alternative certification page for more information.
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Private and Charter School Teacher Requirements in Jacksonville
Private and charter schools in Jacksonville set their own requirements for jobs and often hire through online postings, job fairs, or word-of-mouth recruitment. If you want to work in these types of schools, you will need at least a bachelor’s degree. Often, teacher certification and relevant experience are preferred. The application process typically involves submitting a resume and cover letter, attending an interview, and providing professional references. Review job postings closely for specific instructions set by the school. Private and charter schools offer the chance to teach small class sizes, often with a religious or specialized subject matter influence. There are many private and charter schools in the Jacksonville area. Here are several well-known examples.
Private Schools in Jacksonville
- Assumption Catholic School
- Bishop John J. Snyder High School
- Bishop Kenny High School
- Episcopal School of Jacksonville
- Providence School of Jacksonville
Charter Schools in Jacksonville
- Douglas Anderson School for the Arts
- Duval Charter School at Mandarin
- Global Outreach Charter Academy
- River City Science Academy
- San Jose Academy & Preparatory High School
- Seacoast Charter Academy
Jacksonville Teacher Salary and Jobs Outlook
Although lower than national teacher salary averages, Jacksonville teachers earn average annual salaries that are comparable to those of teachers in other areas of Florida. Jacksonville kindergarten teachers have the highest average annual salary for teachers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics at $51,440, while elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers range between $47,750 and $50,000.1 In comparison, at the state level Florida teachers earn averages between $46,850 and $50,550.3 At the national level, secondary school teachers earn a higher annual salary on average at $60,440, while the national elementary and middle school teacher salary averages $58,060 and the national kindergarten teacher salary averages $54,510.4
Projected teacher job growth in Duval County is positive for the 2015-2023 period. Kindergarten, elementary, middle school, and high school teacher openings are all projected to grow between 8.3% and 14%, with the highest number of openings in elementary schools (1,852) during this time.2 However, the growth rates for kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school positions are below the state-wide projections, which are between 13.6% and 19.4% during the same time period.2
Jacksonville Teaching Jobs Boards
Many teaching jobs can be found through online job boards. Here are a few with listings in Jacksonville.
See our Jobs Board to search teaching job openings in Jacksonville.
Additional Resources for Teaching in Jacksonville
1. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Jacksonville, FL: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_27260.htm
2. Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Employment Projections: http://www.floridajobs.org/workforce-statistics/data-center/statistical-programs/employment-projections
3. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Florida: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_fl.htm
4. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, United States: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm