A sizeable population, multiple cities, and history of attracting immigrants make Florida a viable option for finding work as an ESL, bilingual, or sheltered English teacher. The state’s public school system is the fourth largest in the United States.
Florida’s ESL Teaching Career Outlook
The Teach in Florida website lists current high-need areas in Florida public schools, including teaching English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says, as of 2012, that Florida’s employment of ESL teachers is among the highest in the country, due to population density. At the same time, the ratio of ESL teachers to population is among the nation’s lowest, suggesting an even higher level of need, but a systemic shortfall of educators to fill the need.
Florida Education Job Boards
- The Florida DOE’s School District Employment Opportunities webpage lists every public school district with links to their current employment openings. However, the DOE does not maintain the individual districts’ job boards, so openings are inconsistent both in update schedules and in the information they provide. The Alliance for Excellent Education reports that the largest public school districts in the state in 2001 were Dade, Broward, Hillsborough, Palm Beach, and Orange Counties.
- The Teach in Florida website maintains a state map page that allows candidates to submit application materials to school district recruiters. The page also features links to recruiters for charter, virtual, and non-public schools.
- The Great Florida Teach-In is an annual recruitment fair put on by the Florida DOE Bureau of Educator Recruitment, Development and Retention.
ESL Teacher Resources in Florida
- Sunshine State TESOL of Florida is the state’s branch of the international TESOL organization. Its members are professionals in TESOL who take part in the group’s advocacy work, local chapter meetings, conferences and professional development, and information dissemination. Branches of the statewide group include: