Florida offers an art teacher endorsement for grades K-12, so teachers interested in any age group can become certified in one of the many school districts. Florida offers two separate certifications for future teachers - the Professional Certificate and the Temporary Certificate, so applicants can pick the path that best suits them.
Florida Salary Statistics and Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers in Florida (2016)*||$47,610 (Elementary School), $48,840 (Middle School), $51,610 (Secondary School)|
|Degree Field||Art Education|
|Testing Requirements||FTCE exams: General Knowledge, Professional Education, Art (K-12)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Pursue a Bachelor's Degree
The first step to art teacher certification is to graduate from an approved, accredited teacher preparation program. It is important for students to research the many available programs prior to applying, so that they can enroll in a program that best fits their individual needs. The content of each program will vary, but most will feature classes like art history, diversity for educators, and teaching art, in addition to general education courses. Students will also participate in student teaching, so they can gain relevant experience prior to applying for jobs after graduation.
Once their bachelor's is complete and they have demonstrated mastery of art, prospective teachers hoping to receive their Temporary Certificate are eligible to apply for teaching jobs and certification right away. They can jump ahead to step 3 to complete the certification application. Once they are issued a Temporary Certificate, they are expected to finish the rest of the testing requirements listed in step 2 within three years of earning their certificate.
Step 2: Complete All Required Testing
Those aiming to receive their Professional Certificate initially need to complete all required Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCEs). All teachers must pass the General Knowledge Exam, which is $130 and made up of four subtests. They will write one essay, complete 40 multiple-choice English Language Skills questions, 45 multiple-choice math questions, and 40 multiple-choice reading questions.
Teachers will also need to take the Professional Education Test, which is $150 and consists of 120 multiple-choice questions. Test-takers must score at least a 200 on the Professional Education Test.
Lastly, those wanting to teach art will then need to complete the subject exam known as Art (K-12). This exam is $200 and made up of 110 multiple-choice questions related to art. A score of at least 200 is required.
Step 3: Complete the Certification Application
Prospective teachers can then complete their Initial Certification Application. They will need to submit a form called a CG-10 (available on the Florida Department of Education website), the applicable processing fee ($75 for each endorsement area) and official transcripts to the Department of Education. The next step is to wait to receive the Official Statement of Eligibility, which simply communicates that the application has been evaluated and that a teacher is ready to pursue their certification.
Step 4: Find Employment
Then, teachers must find employment with a school in Florida. School districts in Florida are responsible for hiring new teachers, so this should not be too challenging; contact each school district in which you might want to teach.
Step 5: Get Fingerprinted
Finally, new teachers will be fingerprinted, and if there is no criminal record, they will be issued their certificate within 30 days.
Resources for Future Florida Teachers
There are many options when it comes to FTCE testing in Florida. Take a look at the study guides below to get a better feel for what to expect on the tests.