How to Become a Health Teacher in Florida

Find out what the requirements are to become a health teacher in Florida. Curious about what tests to take or how to fill out the certification application? Keep reading for helpful tips.

Becoming a health teacher in Florida can impact the lives of students in grades K-12. By getting the Professional Certificate, teachers can help students across the state.

Florida Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Florida (2017)* $47,790 (Kindergarten), $48,340 (Elementary), $49,780 (Middle), $51,800 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Health
Testing Requirements 3 FTCEs: General Knowledge, Professional Education, Health K-12

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree

Future health teachers in Florida need to first graduate with at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited teacher preparation program. This degree can be completed in Florida or another state, but students must finish the program with a degree in health or at least 30 semester hours in health. If students do not graduate with a health degree, their 30 semester hours of health should include courses on:

  • mental and emotional health
  • substance abuse
  • advanced first aid
  • personal, community, or environmental health
  • human anatomy & physiology
  • nutrition
  • human sexuality
  • disease control for diseases like AIDS, HIV, and STDS

Some of the courses offered by universities in Florida include Health Education Theory and Strategies, Health Policy and Social Change, and Applied Sociology. Most teacher preparation programs conclude with a student teaching experience.

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Step 2: Take All Required FTCE Tests

After future teachers have graduated with a degree, they will need to take the appropriate Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE). The scores from these exams will automatically be submitted to the school district, college, or university upon request at the time of completion. There are three required tests for future health teachers: the General Knowledge Test, the Professional Preparation & Education Competence Test, and the Health subject exam.

The General Knowledge Test is made up of four subtests: the essay, the English Language Skills subtest (40 multiple-choice questions), the Reading subtest (40 multiple-choice questions), and the Mathematics subtest (45 multiple-choice questions). Teachers have approximately 50 minutes for the essay, 40 minutes for the English Language Skills subtest, 55 minutes for the Reading subtest, and 1 hour and 40 minutes for the Math subtest. Teachers must earn 8 out of 12 points on the essay portion and score at least a 200 on each subtest. The full test costs $130.

Next, teachers will take the Professional Education test, which is 2 hours and 30 minutes long. It contains 120 multiple-choice questions and tests teachers' understanding of pedagogical principles like instructional design and instructional delivery. The test costs $150 and requires a passing score of 200.

Finally, teachers will take the Health K-12 FTCE, which is 120 multiple-choice questions and takes 2 hours and 30 minutes. This test costs $200 and teachers need to score at least a 200 to pass.

Step 3: Complete the Certification Process

Teachers can begin the certification application process by filling out the Initial Application Package. This consists of a C-10 form, a $75 fee, all official transcripts, and test scores. Next, teachers will receive an Official Statement of Eligibility from the Department of Education stating that the applicant meets the requirements and is ready to begin looking for a position in a school district. Then, teachers will need to lock down employment in a Florida school district. Once all of those steps are complete, teachers will get fingerprinted. When applicants pass the fingerprinting and background check, they will be eligible for their Professional Certificate.

Study Resources for Future Florida Teachers

There are many guides available for anyone looking to start studying for future FTCEs. Find more information on the FTCEs below, including the General Knowledge and Professional Education exams.

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