How to Become a Teacher in Florida

Florida has the fourth largest school system in the United States, with nearly 4,600 schools in more than 65 districts, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. According to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, the Florida education field anticipates a 2.3 percent growth rate, making it a prime target for teachers seeking employment. Receiving a professional certificate, which is a renewable license good for five years, is the first step in how to become a Florida teacher.


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    Complete a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university. If your degree is from an institution in another country, evaluation must rate it equivalent to a U.S. degree.
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    Pass all three sections of the Florida Teacher Certificate Examination (FTCE), unless you hold a valid certificate from another state or a valid National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certificate.
    • The first section is the FTCE General Knowledge Test. It has four subtests: English language skills, reading, mathematics and essay. The first three are multiple-choice examinations requiring 73, 65 and 60 correct answers for a passing score (respectively), as of May 2011. The essay section requires a score of 6 from a possible 12.
    • The next section is the FTCE Professional Education Test. Comprised of multiple-choice questions, this pedagogy exam requires 73 correct answers for a passing percentage.
    • The final section is the FTCE Subject Area Examinations. Most of the 42 available tests are multiple-choice assessments, although some also include writing, reading or speaking subtests, as well. The required tests are determined upon evaluation of the application for certification, and they are reported on the Official Statement of Status of Eligibility.
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    Complete the CG-10 application online or as hard copy. Submit the form with official transcripts from all colleges attended, showing earned degrees and course credits, along with a cashier's check, money order or personal check for the appropriate processing fee.
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    Submit your fingerprints for criminal background processing. If you are employed by a Florida school district, you will be able to do this through the district's personnel office. If you are not yet employed, request a fingerprint packet from the Bureau of Education Certification. Follow the instructions carefully to submit your cleared fingerprints.


  • Teachers with national or out-of-state certifications may be exempt from some testing requirements, since Florida observes reciprocity with other states and the board. The Official Statement of Status of Eligibility, issued after evaluation of your application packet, will indicate what other steps you need to take to receive a professional certificate. In the meantime, you might be eligible for temporary certification.
  • College graduates with degrees in subject areas who have not completed pedagogy training may receive temporary certificates. They then have the opportunity to proceed through an alternative certification process, which includes online professional development training and on-the-job experience.

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