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Step One: Florida Prerequisite Coursework
The first step to getting certified as a teacher is choosing a specialization and/or grade level and earning your bachelor's degree.
All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. The Florida Department of Education has information on prerequisite coursework for over 40 different subjects.
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often include instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship. While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the state of Florida, visit our Florida Teacher Scholarships page.
Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose Bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Read more information about alternative certification on Florida Alternative Teacher certification.
Next, you'll need to to take the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations. The FTCE is administered to educators seeking initial certification in the K-12 system. Educator candidates take one of 42 subject area examinations, as well as the General Knowledge Test and Professional Education Test.
By completing these exams, you will:
Demonstrate Mastery of General Knowledge
Demonstrate Mastery of Subject Knowledge for a requested subject
Demonstrate Mastery of Professional Preparation and Education Competence
Finally, submit a completed licensure application to get the show on the road! To begin your license application, visit the Florida Department of Education website to apply online or request an application by mail if you do not have a valid Social Security Number (SSN).
Make sure you have all your supporting documents! The Florida Department of Education website provides a checklist of things you need to submit along with your license application for first-time applicants:
Individuals who wish to be employed in Florida public schools are fingerprinted through the school district’s personnel office. Individuals who are employed through non-public Florida schools are required to complete a fingerprint card clearance. The completed card and a processing fee are to be submitted to the school’s administrator. Background checks are done on a state and federal level by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI, respectively.
Submit all application documentation to the Bureau at the following Office Mailing Address: