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How to Become a Teacher in Florida: Teacher Certification

So you want to become a teacher and earn your Florida Teacher Certification? Fortunately, there are multiple ways to do this. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

If you'd like to learn about teaching salaries in Florida, see here.

Traditional Approach for the Florida Teacher Certification

  1. Attend an accredited school and earn a bachelor's or master's degree.
  2. Take a teacher prep course (student teaching). The state of Florida requires some teaching experience (though it can be unpaid).
  3. 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. Attend an accredited school and earn a bachelor's or master's degree.
  2. Receive employment in the Florida School District.
  3. Read The Official Statement of Status Eligibility.
  4. Learn more about the Alternative Florida Teacher Certification.

School districts in Florida may offer a unique program for new teachers that includes training, internships, and instructions on going from a Temporary Certification to the Florida Initial Teaching Certification.

Sources:

  1. Florida Teacher Certification Examinations, http://cdn.fldoe.org/asp/ftce
  2. Certification Steps, Florida Department of Education, http://www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification/steps-to-certification/step-1-completing-your-initial-applica.stml
  3. Educator Certification, Florida Department of Education, http://www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification/index.stml
  4. Professional Development Certification Program, https://www.altcertflorida.org/

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