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Old 05-29-2013, 11:56 PM
 
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To sum things up somewhat quick, I currently have an associate's degree but I'm soon going back to finish my BA in Special Education. I currently work as a direct care provider for a pretty well known organization. Money's not the greatest, but it is job experience before I'm officially a teacher. Anywho, I'm debating now whether on finishing my two years for the BA up here in Pennsylvania, then transferring with my co. to FL which has a location in Brevard County..or... taking a year of classes up here in PA then transferring to FL with a year left so things will be easier transition wise as far as being certified to teach in the state of FL. I have read that out of state teachers who are FTCE certified are at times overlooked for those residing in state. If I do the latter, I avoid shelling out $ for the Praxis II which is irrelevant in FL. Also, I'd avoid paying fees for and taking tests to be PA certified as a teacher, which I guess would look better on a resume if I was applying out of state.

Basically, I'm at a crossroads. Should I make the move and remain at the same position where I'd likely take a slim paycut, or stick it out in PA and complete my education before considering? Are their any reputable university campuses within a reasonable driving distance from the Melbourne/Viera area..like say UCF for ex.? Or is traffic too ridiculous to considering to commute from morning classes to a 3-11 shift. I researched that there IS a satellite campus in Palm Bay. I'm just lost on the reputation of UCF for education or does it even matter?

To add, eventually, I want to settle in the Tampa area but that would be IF I had a job with a public school as a SPED teacher, this possibly would just be a stepping stone.

Thanks ahead of time.. hopefully someone has some insight
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:13 AM
 
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To sum things up somewhat quick, I currently have an associate's degree but I'm soon going back to finish my BA in Special Education. I currently work as a direct care provider for a pretty well known organization. Money's not the greatest, but it is job experience before I'm officially a teacher. Anywho, I'm debating now whether on finishing my two years for the BA up here in Pennsylvania, then transferring with my co. to FL which has a location in Brevard County..or... taking a year of classes up here in PA then transferring to FL with a year left so things will be easier transition wise as far as being certified to teach in the state of FL. I have read that out of state teachers who are FTCE certified are at times overlooked for those residing in state. If I do the latter, I avoid shelling out $ for the Praxis II which is irrelevant in FL. Also, I'd avoid paying fees for and taking tests to be PA certified as a teacher, which I guess would look better on a resume if I was applying out of state.

Basically, I'm at a crossroads. Should I make the move and remain at the same position where I'd likely take a slim paycut, or stick it out in PA and complete my education before considering? Are their any reputable university campuses within a reasonable driving distance from the Melbourne/Viera area..like say UCF for ex.? Or is traffic too ridiculous to considering to commute from morning classes to a 3-11 shift. I researched that there IS a satellite campus in Palm Bay. I'm just lost on the reputation of UCF for education or does it even matter?

To add, eventually, I want to settle in the Tampa area but that would be IF I had a job with a public school as a SPED teacher, this possibly would just be a stepping stone.

Thanks ahead of time.. hopefully someone has some insight
As a mom I say finish school up in PA. Out of state tuition is expensive. You would have to work a year without taking classes before you could avoid out of state tuition. You cannot gain residency while in college. Too many people move down and never finish their degrees because they end up having trouble to make ends meet and afford college classes, tioo.
And you have to be financially independent paying for it yourself....if you get money from parents who live out of state and claim you as a deduction on their income tax you are not considered a Florida resident to the college.

Brevard Community college is changing name and becoming a 4 yr school this year I think. I did not see education major as one of the degrees they will be offering but I might have missed it. BCC is an affilate campus for UCF and I do know one teacher who did not take 1 class in Orlando. Many students commute from the coast for classes at UCF, though.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:13 AM
 
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Florida institute of technology is in Melbourne
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:01 AM
 
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I commuted from Melbourne to the main UCF campus for my BS degree. The drive wasn't too bad because every semester I managed to find at least one other student doing the same thing and willing to carpool. Plus the campus is on the east side of Orlando so I just zipped up I95 and over on 50 without having to actually drive in to Orlando. The education programs at USF are decent. There is also an education program at FIT in Melbourne, but it focuses on STEM subjects and doesn't have a SPED program. Most states have a reciprocity agreement with Florida so that a person certified in their state can get certification in Florida without additional testing/classes. I'm not sure if that applies to your current state. If it does, then your best bet would be to finish your degree where you are to avoid paying out of state tuition here in FL.
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