A degree from Broward College offered Eileen Santiago more than she bargained for. Not only did she gain a teaching job in Broward County Public Schools, she decided to pursue a master’s degree as well.

Santiago, a professor in the Education Pathway, completed her Bachelor’s in December 2011, and went on to work at Hollywood Park Elementary School before joining Broward College as full-time faculty, in 2017.

Because  children spend long periods of time  in their company, teachers  play a major role in their lives. Students interested in leaving the same impact on others  may want to pursue a career in education.

While many become teachers, career opportunities in the education field also include administrative positions, such as principal or superintendent, or in academic, career and family  counseling. Other areas include recreation, student life, and childcare.

Finding a path in Education

Education PathwayAt Broward College, the offers degrees in Teacher Education, Early Childhood Education, Exceptional Student Education, Secondary Biology and Secondary Mathematics. Technical certifications are embedded in the degrees  in the areas of Child Development, Preschool Specialization, Child Care Center Management, and Infant/Toddler Specialization.

Regardless of the program a student chooses to pursue, they must first complete an Associate of Arts degree and pass at least one of the four areas of the general knowledge test required by the Department of Education before transitioning into a  bachelor’s program.

Faculty at Broward College boast  years of experience in education.

“We have outstanding faculty that come directly from working in the field, so they are up to date with the latest innovative strategies and models in teaching and learning and they are eager to share their knowledge with our students,” said Dr. Elizabeth Molina, dean of Academic Affairs for the Education Pathway.

The Pathway collaborates with Broward County Public Schools as well as some  charter and private schools throughout the county to guarantee that 100 percent of the students are already employed by the time they graduate from Broward College, says Dr. Molina.

High demand for Educators

As many as 1.9 million teaching openings are expected through 2024, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. Florida ranks among the top five states with the highest employment numbers for  teaching. The average annual salary for teachers is $48,770; however, the pay scale for educators in high school and in postsecondary positions is typically higher.   Some teachers are more attractive to potential employers after  completing master’s degrees and Ph.D. programs.

Employment in the education sector is in high demand. Broward College provides students with an opportunity to  pursue a degree in education  at an affordable price. Learn more at broward.edu/education.