So you want to earn your Florida Teacher Certification? Fortunately there are two ways to get it:

Traditional Approach for the Florida Teacher Certification

  1. Attend a school and get a bachelor's or masters college degree
  2. Take a teacher prep course (student teaching). The state of Florida requires some teaching experience (can be unpaid)
  3. You will need to complete all three portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE).
  4. Submit the following:
    • Completed CG-10 application form
    • Current certifications (if you already have one)
    • $56 Application fee for each subject
    • Official Transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
    • Mail to:
      Florida Department of Education
      Bureau of Educator Certification
      Suite 201 Turlington Building
      325 West Gaines Street
      Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
      For more information, call (800) 445-6739
  5. Do you want to renew your Florida Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for the Florida Teacher Certification

Alternatively, instead of getting your Florida Teaching Certificate you can get the temporary version. The Florida Temporary Certification will allow you to teach without completing the teacher education program for a maximum of 3 years.

  1. You must still earn your bachelors degree from a credited university. Ideally, you should always continue your education in efforts to earn a Master’s degree.
  2. You will need to receive employment in the Florida School District
  3. Read The Official Statement of Status Eligibility
  4. Learn more about the Alternative Florida Teacher Certification

All the school districts in Florida offer a unique program for new teachers including training, internships, and instructions on going from a Temporary Certification to the Florida Initial Teaching Certification.

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MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
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  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
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Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
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  • A private institution founded in 1977 with a current total undergraduate enrollment of over 15,00.
  • Its student-faculty ratio is 12:1, and 89.3% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
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E-Learning - EdS
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
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M.Ed. Teaching & Learning: History
  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
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  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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Master's (M.Ed.) - Leadership of Educational Organizations
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  • Offers MUSE (My Unique Student Experience), a content delivery system that gives students the option to watch, view, read or listen to required course materials.
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  • Provides IntelliPath, a proprietary learning technology that lets students learn at their own pace.
  • A DANTES-affiliated university and member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges.
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