Let's look at the four year public colleges/universities in your area that offers liberal studies degrees and teaching credential programs. University of Florida has a College: Education
Program: Bachelor of Arts in Education and Master of Education
Credits for Degree: 120 (B.A.E.) | 36 (M.Ed.)
Contact: Email | 1-106 Norman Hall | 352.273.4376
More Info What are the requirements for elementary education in Florida?
Although there are more detailed specifications listed on its department of education site, Florida requires a major in elementary education or 30 semester hours in Elementary Education related-coursework to work as an Elementary School teacher, and a major or 30 semester hours in the desired subject area for Secondary Education. What colleges offer educational preparation programs?
Public and private universities and colleges throughout the state offer Initial Teacher Preparation (ITP) Programs. Many of the Florida colleges and universities have state-approved Educator Preparation Institutes (EPIs) through which they deliver alternative certification programs for baccalaureate degree holders.
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That's great that you're starting to formulate your major and your interests as you're still in high school! Darcel's answer was wonderful, but I'd like to add that if you're interested in pursuing Elementary Education, minoring in Psychology might be a good match. I did not major in Elementary Education, but some of my friends did and they paired psychology with it. I don't know if it matters which minor you have when it comes to a majority of majors (for example I majored in Hospitality Management but minored in Humanities--a semi-random combination). Definitely do your research about potential universities that you want to attend, they usually have contact numbers-- you can either partner with your school guidance counselor to get you on the right path, or call the schools directly for answers to potential questions you may have.
Majoring in education is a GREAT thing to do if you see teaching in your future. Yes, there are a lot of transferable skills that you can learn from other industries, but in my 15+ years of working in various education settings with many different groups of teachers, the best teachers I’ve met have always studied their craft. Having a major in education will be a definite asset on your resume as you begin looking for teaching work after college. That being said, whatever minor is listed on your resume is not going to get as much attention. So, you do have more options with your minor. You can choose something to supplement your major (education and psychology do work really well together, for example), to enhance your major (a lot of places are looking for teachers who are bilingual now, for instance), or to follow your interests (things like “so you majored in Elementary Education but minored in biochemistry?” can make great talking points during interviews). When I got my BA in English Secondary Education, I didn’t even declare a minor, but that didn’t stop me from landing a job about 2 weeks after graduation.
My best advice is to think about the teacher you want to be, and let that guide your choice. And remember, you don’t have to decide right away, either. You can take some time to explore your options once you start college.
Standing on its own it will matter.
I.e. Computer Engineer will be better for working at a computer company such as Dell or HP specifically in the design or development departments.
Another example: Communications and then a minor in broadcasting may be better if you want to be on television.
The not part is many people are not doing what they majored in.
Sales or account management may not be heavily impacted by a specific degree.
Consulting companies sometimes is more interested in how smart you are than a specific degree.
Amazingly doctors don’t always have chemistry or biology degrees in college.