Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE)

General Details


The FTCE is composed of three tests:

  1. Professional Education,

  2. General Knowledge, and

  3. Subject Area Exams.

Depending upon your background, you may need to take one, two, or three of the tests. A number of Florida Teacher Certification Test preparation guides are available at the University Library

  1. Test PEd: Professional Education - Candidates applying for a Professional Certificate may need to take the Professional Education Test. See your Official Statement of Status of Eligibility.
    • This multiple-choice test assesses general knowledge of pedagogy and professional practices and consists of approximately 120 items.
    • A revised, updated version of the Professional Education Test was administered for the first time in July 2003.


  2. Test SAE: Subject Area Exam - These are exams for degreed academic and some vocational subject areas. These exams measure content area knowledge, usually in a multiple-choice format. English 6-12, Middle Grades English 5-9, French K-12, German K-12, and Spanish K-12 also require an essay. Spanish K-12 and French K-12 are administered in a language lab, and German K-12 has an interview. Speech 6-12 has a videotaped portion. Candidates applying for a Professional Certificate and those adding a subject area to a Professional Certificate must pass a subject area exam in the field(s) in which they seek certification.  (Current programs offered at UNF)
  3. General Knowledge Test (GK) - The required basic skills test for teacher certification is the General Knowledge Test for which you can register using the application in the registration bulletin. The General Knowledge Test is a basic skills achievement test containing four subtests: Mathematics (45 multiple-choice items), Reading (40 multiple-choice, passage-based items), and English Language Skills (40 multiple-choice items), and Essay.