Initial Certification Undergraduate
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.
Alternative Teacher Preparation for Certification
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.
Teacher Certification Only
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 Support and Information Services.
Courses in the College of Education and Human Services can also be applied to recertification. FL DOE requires six (6) semester hours of college credit to include at least one (1) semester hour in teaching students with disabilities (SWD) 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.
- Content specific to the subject area(s)
- Methods or education strategies specific to the subject area(s)
- Methods of teaching reading and literacy skills acquisition
- Computer literacy, computer applications, and computer education (Educational Technology)
- Exceptional student education
- ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
- Drug abuse, child abuse and neglect, or student dropout prevention
- Training related to the goals of the Florida K-20 System, such as:
- Content - English, economics, mathematics, science, social sciences, foreign languages, humanities, global economy, technology, ecology, first aid, health, or safety
- Classroom Strategies - Cooperative learning, problem-solving skills, critical-thinking skills, classroom management, child development, collaboration techniques for working with families, social services, child guidance and counseling, teaching reading, or educational assessments, etc.
- School Administration Accountability - Instructional design, leadership skills, school and community relations, school finance, school facilities, school law, or school organization
For more information on Florida Teacher Certification visit the FL DOE Educator Certification Page.
For online registration for both the FTCE and the FELE please go to: www.fl.nesinc.com