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Teacher Certification in Florida, FL

Florida wants excellent, quality teachers in its classrooms, and if you are a prospective educator, the following guide will provide you with the basic steps required to reach your goal. Aspiring teachers who are interested in doing more research before making the decision to pursue licensing or certification for a teaching career in Florida, can visit the Florida Department of Education website which also offers job-specific resources and forms.

Topics On This Page:

  • Elementary Teacher Levels
  • Middle Level Teachers
  • Secondary Level Teachers
  • Florida’s Alternative Certification for Teachers

     

      

    Becoming a Teacher in Florida

    If you decide that a teaching career is the right choice for you, the first step you need to take in Florida is to decide what subject and grade level you want to teach. Some of the grade levels overlap -- grades K-6, 5-9 and 6-12 -- and some of the subject areas are taught at more than one level, but in general, you must choose the level and subject matter you wish to specialize in. If you have questions about additional academic requirements in your chosen field, you can contact the accredited college or university you wish to attend.

    Elementary Level Teachers

    Elementary level teachers either choose Elementary Education (grades K-6), Primary / Pre-kindergarten Education (age 3 through 3rd grade) or Preschool Education (birth through age 4). You do not need to select a specific subject area, because elementary, primary and preschool educators are required to study a variety of subjects to prepare them to teach age-specific general curricula.

    Middle Level Teachers

    For middle level teachers, the subject areas for grades 5-9 include middle level English, mathematics, general science, social science or an integrated curriculum that combines the individual subjects. Ask the education department of college or university you plan to attend about specific education courses they offer in the subject area you want to teach.

    Secondary Level Teachers

    Secondary school educators teach grades 9-12 and must choose a subject area on which to focus during their academic studies. Subject matter areas include Drama, English, Journalism, Mathematics, Speech, Social Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth-Space Science or Physics.

    Bachelor’s Degree

    Potential teachers must earn a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Education or Subject-based Education in order to apply for a Florida Teaching Certificate, unless you already have an educator’s license or certification from Florida or another state
    More than 50 Florida colleges and universities offer accredited teacher education programs.


    Temporary and Professional Certificate Qualifications
    The Temporary Certificate and the Professional Certificate are the two types of official Florida

    • Educator Certificates.
    • Temporary Certificate

    The temporary certificate is valid for three school years and is nonrenewable.
    Requirements:

      • Complete all application process requirements
      • Bachelor's degree with a major in the content area
      • Complete required courses with at least a 2.5 GPA in the content area
      • Passing score on Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE), such as:
      • General Knowledge Test with subtests in English language, reading and mathematics
      • Secondary level Subject Area Exams in chosen content area, such as mathematics 6–12 and English 6–12
      • Middle Level Exams in chosen content area, such as middle grades mathematics 5–9 or middle grades English 5–9
      • Primary/ Pre-kindergarten to Grade 3 General Exam covering science, mathematics, literacy, reading and social science
      • Elementary Education K–6 General Exam covering language arts, reading; science and technology, mathematics and social science

    Valid certificate issued by the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE)

    The Florida Temporary Certificate is issued after the teacher is employed in a Florida school and his/her fingerprints have been cleared.
    Professional Certificate

    The Professional Certificate is valid for five school years and it is renewable.
    Requirements:

      • Complete all application process requirements
      • Hold at least a bachelor's degree
      • Demonstrate mastery of subject area knowledge for chosen subject
      • Demonstrate mastery of general knowledge
      • Demonstrate mastery of professional preparation and education competence
      • Valid certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
      • Teacher Education degree program
      • Passing Florida Certification Examinations
      • Valid Standard Certificate Issued by Another State

    The Florida Professional Certificate is issued after the individual's fingerprints have been cleared.

    Florida’s Alternative Certification for Teachers

    Alternative certification programs may be offered by school districts and are dependent on the teacher being employed in the district with a temporary certificate and includes the use of distance learning technology.

    The alternative certification program has been expanded to allow community colleges, colleges, and universities to offer competency-based alternative certification programs to prospective teachers who already hold a bachelor’s degree.
    A major requirement of the alternative certification program curriculum is that all participants prove competencies for teaching reading
    Alternate Options for Moving from the Temporary Certificate to the Professional Certificate.

    All alternate options require passing the Florida Certification Examinations, and some require passing the Florida Subject Certification Examination.
    Possible alternative routes:

      • Professional preparation, such as college courses, teaching experience, demonstration of professional education
      • Competence in the classroom
      • Alternative Certification Program
      • Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) Program
      • American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) Certificate and demonstration of professional education competence in the classroom
      • Approved college professional training option for a content major
      • Teaching experience
      • Demonstration of professional education competence in the classroom
      • Two semesters of successful full-time college teaching experience.

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    The following School Districts are great places to contact once your certification and education has been accomplished.

    ALACHUA
    620 East University Ave
    Gainesville, FL 32601
    (352) 955-7880

    BAKER
    392 South Blvd East
    Macclenny, FL 32063
    (904) 259-0401

    BAY
    1311 Balboa Ave
    Panama City, FL 32401
    (850) 872-7700

    BRADFORD
    501 West Washington St
    Starke, FL 32091
    (904) 966-6018

    BREVARD
    2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
    Viera, FL 32940
    (321) 631-1911

    BROWARD
    600 Se 3rd Ave 10th Floor
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    (754) 321-2600

    CALHOUN
    20859 East Central Ave G20
    Blountstown, FL 32424
    (850) 674-5927

    CITRUS
    1007 West Main St
    Inverness, FL 34450
    (352) 726-1931

    CHARLOTTE
    1445 Education Way
    Port Charlotte, FL 33948
    (941) 255-0808

    CLAY
    900 Walnut St
    Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
    (904) 284-6510

    COLUMBIA
    372 West Duval St
    Lake City, FL 32055
    (386) 755-8000

    COLLIER
    5775 Osceola Trail
    Naples, FL 34109
    (239) 377-0212

    DADE
    1450 Ne 2nd Ave #912
    Miami, FL 33132
    (305) 995-1430

    DESOTO
    530 Lasolona Ave
    Arcadia, FL 34266
    (863) 494-4222

    DIXIE
    16077 Se 19hwybldg2
    Cross City, FL 32628
    (352) 498-6131

    DUVAL
    1701 Prudential Dr
    Jacksonville, FL 32207
    (904) 390-2115

    FLAGLER
    1769 East Moody Blvd
    Bunnell, FL 32110
    (386) 437-7526

    FRANKLIN
    155 Ave East
    Apalachicola, FL 32320
    (850) 653-8831

    GADSDEN
    35 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
    Quincy, FL 32351
    (850) 627-9651

    GILCHRIST
    310 Nw 11th Ave
    Trenton, FL 32693
    (352) 463-3200

    GLADES
    400 10th St Sw
    Moore Haven, FL 33471
    (863) 946-2083

    GULF
    150 Middle School Rd
    Port Saint Joe, FL 32456
    (850) 229-8256

    HAMILTON
    4280 Sw County Rd 152
    Jasper, FL 32052
    (386) 792-1228

    HARDEE
    1009 North 6th Ave
    Wauchula, FL 33873
    (863) 773-9058

    HENDRY
    25 East Hickpochee Ave
    La Belle, FL 33935
    (863) 674-4642

    HERNANDO
    919 North Brd St
    Brooksville, FL 34601
    (352) 797-7001

    HIGHLANDS
    426 School St
    Sebring, FL 33870
    (863) 471-5564

    HILLSBOROUGH
    901 East Kennedy Blvd
    Tampa, FL 33602
    (813) 272-4050

    HOLMES
    701 East Pennsylvania Ave
    Bonifay, FL 32425
    (850) 547-9341

    INDIAN RIVER
    1990 25th St
    Vero Beach, FL 32960
    (772) 564-3150

    JACKSON
    2903 Jefferson St
    Marianna, FL 32446
    (850) 482-1200

    JEFFERSON
    1490 West Washington St
    Monticello, FL 32344
    (850) 342-0100

    LAFAYETTE
    363 Ne Crawford St
    Mayo, FL 32066
    (386) 294-4107

    LAKE
    201 West Burleigh Blvd
    Tavares, FL 32778
    (352) 253-6523

    LEE
    2855 Colonial Blvd
    Fort Myers, FL 33966
    (239) 337-8301

    LEON
    2757 West Pensacola St
    Tallahassee, FL 32304
    (850) 487-7147

    LEVY
    480 Marshburn Dr
    Bronson, FL 32621
    (352) 486-5231

    LIBERTY
    12926 Nw Cr 12
    Bristol, FL 32321
    (850) 643-2275

    MADISON
    210 Ne Duval Ave
    Madison, FL 32340
    (850) 973-5022

    MANATEE
    215 Manatee Ave West
    Bradenton, FL 34205
    (941) 708-8770

    MARION
    512 Se 3rd St
    Ocala, FL 34471
    (352) 671-7702

    MARTIN
    500 East Ocean Blvd
    Stuart, FL 34994
    (772) 219-1200

    OKALOOSA
    120 Lowery Place Se
    Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
    (850) 833-3109

    ORANGE
    445 West Amelia St
    Orlando, FL 32801
    (407) 317-3202

    MONROE
    241 Trumbo Rd
    Key West, FL 33040
    (305) 293-1400

    NASSAU
    1201 Atlantic Ave
    Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
    (904) 491-9901

    OKEECHOBEE
    700 Sw 2nd Ave
    Okeechobee, FL 34974
    (863) 462-5000

    OSCEOLA
    817 Bill Beck Blvd
    Kissimmee, FL 34744
    (407) 870-4008

    PALM BEACH
    3340 Forest Hill Blvd C-316
    West Palm Beach, FL 33406
    (561) 434-8200

    PASCO
    7227 Land O Lakes Blvd
    Land O Lakes, FL 34638
    (813) 794-2651

    PINELLAS
    301 4th St Sw
    Largo, FL 33770
    (727) 588-6011

    POLK
    1915 South Floral Ave
    Bartow, FL 33830
    (863) 534-0521

    PUTNAM
    200 South 7th St
    Palatka, FL 32177
    (386) 329-0602

    SANTA ROSA
    5086 Canal St
    Milton, FL 32570
    (850) 983-5010

    SARASOTA
    1960 Landings Blvd
    Sarasota, FL 34231
    (941) 927-9000

    SEMINOLE
    400 East Lake Mary Blvd
    Sanford, FL 32773
    (407) 320-0006

    ST. LUCIE
    4204 Okeechobee Rd
    Fort Pierce, FL 34947
    (772) 429-3925

    ST. JOHNS
    40 Orange St
    Saint Augustine, FL 32084
    (904) 819-7502

    SUMTER
    2680 Wc 476
    Bushnell, FL 33513
    (352) 793-2315

    SUWANNEE
    702 2nd St Nw
    Live Oak, FL 32064
    (386) 364-2601

    TAYLOR
    318 North Clark St
    Perry, FL 32347
    (850) 838-2500

    UNION
    55 Sw 6th St
    Lake Butler, FL 32054
    (386) 496-2045

    VOLUSIA
    200 North Clara Ave
    Deland, FL 32720
    (386) 734-7190

    WAKULLA
    69 Arran Rd
    Crawfordville, FL 32327
    (850) 926-0065

    WALTON
    145 Park St Suite #2
    Defuniak Springs, FL 32435
    (850) 892-1100

    WASHINGTON
    652 Third St
    Chipley, FL 32428
    (850) 638-6222