Prerequisite Coursework in Florida
All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have certification credit hour requirements for specialty areas. Florida has diverse coursework requirements, with different prerequisite coursework for dozens of different subjects.
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. Visit the subject page for more specific requirements.
A passing score on the Florida Subject Area Subject Examination or a valid American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) certificate can be used to qualify for a temporary certificate or as an addition to a certificate. There are a number of ways to move from a Temporary to a Professional Certificate, most of which involve additional courses from a teacher preparation program. For more information about prerequisite coursework in Florida, visit the state’s department of education website.
Florida Teacher Certification Programs
To earn your teaching credential you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program. A list of accredited teacher preparation programs in Florida can be found on the Florida Department of Education website.
Required Tests for Florida
Certification testing in Florida is run by FTCE (Florida Teacher Certification Examinations). Teachers are required to complete the Florida General Knowledge Test and the Florida Subject Area Examinations. Applicants for the Professional Certificate may need to take the FTCE Professional Education Test.
You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting Teach.coms’ Guide to the Praxis Exams and read more about teacher certification tests on Teach.com.
Initial Teaching Certifications
To become certified as a teacher in Florida, you will need to complete the appropriate number of college credit hours, a teacher preparation course, and the standardized tests specified below. If you have a teaching credential from another state, you may be able to use an interstate reciprocity program to become certified in Florida. Visit the Florida Department of Education Educator Certification page for more information on getting your Teaching Credential in Florida.
Florida offers two levels of certification: a Temporary Certificate for beginning teachers and a Professional Certificate for teachers who have met additional competency requirements.
Learn more about getting your teaching credential on Teach.com.