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Florida High School Teacher Requirements

Discover how you can become a high school teacher in the state of Florida. Find out all the details about certification requirements, including education and testing.

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Florida endorses secondary school teachers in many different subjects, including English, chemistry, mathematics, and political science. Anyone interested in becoming a secondary school teacher in Florida can follow the requirements below.

Florida Teacher Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Florida (2016)* $51,610 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Education, content area of interest
Testing Requirements FTCE Exams: General Knowledge, Professional Education, subject tests

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Graduate with a Bachelor's Degree

All future secondary school teachers in Florida are required to graduate from an approved, accredited teacher preparation program with a degree in the content area they hope to teach. For instance, a future math teacher would pursue a degree in Math Education at the secondary level, while a future Spanish teacher would graduate with a Spanish Education degree. There are many secondary education programs to choose from in the state of Florida, and the Florida Department of Education's (DOE) website offers a comprehensive list.

Each program will be made up of a variety of classes, though all will have a strong education component. Most programs will include classes like:

  • Content Area Reading
  • Assisting Special Needs Students
  • Teaching English as a Second Language Students

All students will participate in student teaching, regardless of their major.

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  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
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  • Teaching, Elementary
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  • Teaching, Kindergarten and Preschool
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  • Teaching, Young Children

Step 2: Take All Required Tests

Next, students must take all the required Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCEs). The first required test is the General Knowledge test, designed to evaluate test-takers on the necessary skills needed for working in a classroom. It consists of four subtests: the essay, English language skills (40 multiple-choice questions), reading (40 multiple-choice questions), and math (45 multiple-choice questions). Students must score at least an 8 out of 12 on the essay and at least a 200 per multiple-choice subtest. The General Knowledge test costs $130. Students will also take the Professional Education FTCE. This 120 multiple-choice question exam covers professional practices and costs $150; a score of at least 200 is required.

All secondary school teachers will need to complete at least one subject exam in order to become endorsed. There are many exam options, including Art (K-12), Engineering and Technology Education (6-12), Marketing (6-12), and Spanish (K-12). Each test will vary in length and price, but a detailed list can be found on the FTCE website.

Step 3: Complete the Certification Application

Students will be ready to begin their certification application once all educational requirements and FTCE tests have been completed. First, students will need to gather all applicable materials including a form CG-10 (an application form available through the Florida DOE), all official transcripts, and a processing fee ($75 per subject). Then, once those materials have been submitted and approved, teachers will receive their official Statements of Eligibility. These documents signify that teachers are ready to find employment in Florida, which is necessary in order to be awarded the Initial Certificate. When students have garnered a place in a school district, they will get fingerprinted and contact the Department of Education with the results. After teachers' fingerprints have been approved, they will be ready to receive their Initial Certificates.

Study Resources for Future Florida Teachers

Future high school teachers need to think about which FTCE exams they might have to take. The resources below help to break down the FTCE exam process and provide helpful study guides and practice.

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