Praxis Tests in Florida

Florida Licensure: FTCE Exams

Florida's Department of Education has its own exams, the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE), which are used to qualify teachers for licensure.

Teachers can first receive a temporary certificate and then seek a professional certificate, which is valid for five years and can be renewed. Candidates will need to demonstrate mastery in general knowledge, their subject area, and professional competence. These three areas can be assessed through the following FTCE tests:

  • General knowledge: FTCE General Knowledge test
  • Designated subject area: Subject-specific FTCE test
  • Professional preparation and education competence: FTCE Professional Education test

Florida Licensure Reciprocity: Praxis Exams

Since numerous states utilize the Praxis examinations as part of their process to approve teachers for licensure, Florida accepts the Praxis test scores through reciprocity agreements. Candidates who took Praxis exams to become certified educators in another state can still use their credentials to earn professional certification in Florida, provided their credentials are current and are equivalent to the Florida professional certificate for which they are applying.

In some cases, however, out-of-state candidates may still be required to take an FTCE test. Candidates who have an expired certificate, for instance, would need to pass the appropriate FTCE tests after obtaining a temporary teaching certificate.

Common Praxis Tests

Each state has unique requirements regarding the Praxis exams and scores needed to qualify for licensure. Generally, we can distinguish between the Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educators (Praxis Core) and the Praxis II Subject Assessments (Praxis Subject Assessments).

The Praxis Core is often a prerequisite to beginning a teacher education program or is otherwise required to demonstrate general knowledge and qualify for licensure. There are two versions of the Praxis Core, but both consist of three subtests in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. You can take the subtests individually or altogether in a combined test, and you must meet the passing score for each subtest.

The Subject Assessments are a broad set of tests that evaluate candidates according to the grade level and/or content area in which they seek licensure. For example, there are Praxis Subject Assessments for early childhood education, elementary education K-6, secondary school subjects (English language arts, general science, biology, social science, world history), and P-12 subjects (music, art, physical education). Plus, there are tests for special education, world languages, and career and technical subjects.

Testing Centers

Although Florida does not use the Praxis assessments to license teachers, there are still numerous testing locations that offer the Praxis, among other standardized tests. For example, students or residents in Florida may plan to seek work out-of-state, necessitating them to complete Praxis exams. Here is a list of the approved center for taking computer-based Praxis exams (last updated in September 2019):

Test Center Address
Daytona Beach 1530 Cornerstone Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32117
ETS - Miami Dade College 11380 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33167
ETS - University of South Florida - Tampa University of South Florida - Tampa, Tampa, FL 33609
ETS - University of West Florida 11000 University Pkwy, Pensacola, FL 32514
Florida Atlantic University 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Fort Myers 2891 Center Pointe Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33916
Gainesville - NW 8th Avenue 4961 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32605
Jacksonville - Philips Highway 8081 Philips Hwy, Jacksonville, FL 32256
Miami - Fort Lauderdale 5555 Anglers Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Miami - NW 52nd Terrace 8240 NW 52nd Terrace, Miami, FL 33166
Orlando - Maitland 2170 West State Rd 434, Longwood, FL 32779
Prometric Test Center 8960 SR - 84, Davie, FL 33324
Sarasota - Main Street 1605 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236
Tallahassee - Capital Circle NE Tallahassee, FL 32308
Tampa - Mariner Street 410 Marine St, Tampa, FL 33609
West Palm Beach - South Dixie Highway 100 South Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Test Preparation Resources

Study.com offers plenty of resources to aid you in preparing for educator certification tests in all states. We have study guides and practice tests dedicated to both the FTCE and Praxis, as well as other state-specific teaching licensing exams. We offer comprehensive study guides, each delineated into chapters and split into succinct, easy-to-study lessons, each with a quick 5-question quiz. Our lessons are brilliantly animated to aid you in engaging with the content and getting the information to stick. Here's a brief review of what you can access:

FTCE

Remember, there are three areas of mastery you need to demonstrate: general knowledge, professional education abilities, and subject-specific knowledge. Florida teacher candidates can utilize these study aids to meet the criteria for their professional teaching certificate:

A wide range of subject area tests can also be found through this collection of FTCE Courses. Here are some links to specific FTCE content courses:

Also, be sure to check out our complete list of FTCE Practice Tests!

Praxis

If you're interested in teaching in another state, go ahead and check out the Praxis requirements for other states. This will help you determine what Core and Subject Assessments that are required. Keep in mind, some other states, such as California, also have state-specific tests.

First, here's our homepage for the Praxis Core. And here are the links to the courses for these three Core subtests:

And here's the link to our hub of Praxis II Subject Assessments. Use the categories links to find the study guides and practice tests in your content specialty.

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