Where to Get Started in Educational Therapy in Florida
As a Florida resident interested in pursuing a career in educational therapy, you are probably already aware of the vast amount of careers that are available in the field. Likewise, you probably already know that there are tons of educational opportunities out there for someone with your career aspirations. For many, all of this choice can lead to feeling completely overwhelmed and not being sure which is the best first step to take. It's best to just take a deep breath and then do some serious thinking and researching. It's incredibly important for you to have an idea of what, exactly, you'd like to do in this vast field. Once you know this, you'll have a clearer idea of what educational path you need to follow. And, from there, doors toward becoming an educational therapist will begin to open up.
For many educational therapist hopefuls who do not have any kind of formal education, the first step is an associate's degree. These degrees are quite easy to obtain, generally taking only about two years. They are also widely available at almost any community college throughout the state, and are affordable. What's important to note about these degrees, however, is that they are virtually useless in the field on their own. While they will work just fine if you use the credits earned by transferring them to an accredited bachelor's degree program, you won't be able to find a job in the field with nothing more than an associate's degree.
For this reason, some people feel it is best to just go straight for earning a bachelor's degree from the state. You must decide what option works best for your particular goals and your budget. Bachelor's degree programs provide a more in depth look at the field and the job you could possibly have. They are typically earned in around four years and, once obtained, can open up some career possibilities in the field. Bachelor's degree holders can typically find entry level work or assisting work in the field. The more prestigious and lucrative positions, however, will require a master's degree at least.
The vast majority of Florida residents working as educational therapists will have a master's degree or higher. While this degree might seem intimidating, it's usually a lot less difficult to earn than most people think. First of all, if you have an unrelated bachelor's degree, you do not have to start from scratch! Many master's level programs are happy to accept students from diverse academic backgrounds. It might take you a bit longer to earn your degree, but that's much better than having to start back at the beginning! Also, depending upon your exact degree and your background, master's degrees can be earned in as little as one to three years. Best of all, these programs are designed with working adults in mind, so it will be easy to balance the demands of a career and/or family with your schooling.