Teaching Certification Students who complete undergraduate teacher education programs in the College of Education and Human Services and who are eligible for certification endorsement meet academic, field experience, and professional testing requirements for a State of Florida teaching certificate in their specializations.
A teacher certification program is available for those with bachelors degrees in areas other than education seeking to become teachers, but not get a degree. The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) provides an alternative route to professional teaching certification in Florida.
Alternately, graduate students who either are or are not currently certified as teachers and who wish to work in educational settings serving adult learners may pursue the degree program in Secondary Education - Adult Learning track. This program features studies in educational foundations and instructional methodology focused on the adult learner, along with 18 or more graduate credits in a specific content area, providing the graduate training consistent with teaching at the collegiate level.
Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field of study may pursue teacher certification through “Teacher-Certification-Only” (TCO) studies. All TCO coursework must be taken at the graduate level (i.e., 5000 or 6000 level courses) unless graduate-level courses are not offered. TCO does not lead to the awarding of a degree or certificate. Students interested in TCO should contact the College’s Office of Academic Advising
Teacher Re-certificationCourses in the College of Education and Human Services can also be applied to recertification. FL DOE requires six (6) semester hours of college credit or equivalent must be earned during each renewal period to renew your certificate. See information below for retaining all subjects on your certificate.
The following topics are appropriate for renewing your Professional Certificate.
For more information on Florida Teacher Certification visit the FL DOE Educator Certification Page.
For online registration for the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) and the Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE) please go to www.fl.nesinc.com.
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