Hold a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college.
Meet subject content specialization by having:
Undergraduate degree major in subject area or
Specified number of college credit hours in subject area or
A passing score on the Florida teacher certification subject area exam
*Note that some school districts require a Statement of Eligibility from the state Department of Education that reflects completion of subject specialization requirements before obtaining employment in a Florida school system.
Obtain employment in a Florida public, state-supported, or nonpublic school that has an approved Professional Education Competency Program.
Complete a fingerprinting report for employer to submit to the State Department.
Satisfy requirements of Steps 1 and 2
Satisfy the educational training requirements of Professional Preparation through a Florida school district Alternative Certification Program (ACP) or completion of fifteen (15) hours in education courses.
Satisfy Florida's testing requirements by presenting a passing score on each of the following tests:
General Knowledge Test (Note: Pass by the end of the first year)
Subject Area Exam (SAE) (Note: Can be completed in Step 1)
Professional Education Test (Ped)
Successfully complete an approved Florida Professional Education Competency (PEC) Program by the end of the first year. This is satisfied through the School Board upon being hired.
Satisfy Practical Experience in Teaching - one year of full-time teaching experience in an elementary or secondary school.
**Note: Be sure to submit your application, $75.00 application fee and transcripts to the DOE.
Bureau of Educator Certification Website:
http://www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification/ (Apply here for the three year temporary teaching certificate)
For additional information contact: University of North Florida / Office of Academic Advising: (904) 620-2530
Fifteen (15) semester hours with credit in the following professional education areas (Note: 15 hours total applies to all subjects; however, more than 15 hours may be needed to complete all of the specific course requirements):
Note: You are not required to take a Special Methods course if looking to be certified in ESE or Elementary Education K-6. There are multiple special methods courses required in the degree programs.
Note: One year of teaching experience may be applied in lieu of three (3) semester hours of college credit toward missing requirements in a Professional Preparation category.
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