How to Become a History Teacher in Florida

Find out how to achieve history teacher certification in Florida, from educational requirements to FTCE testing, the application process, and when to start looking for the job of your dreams.

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Are you passionate about history and are looking to make a career out of your expertise? Considering the many teaching opportunities available all over the state, both residents and non-residents should consider making the decision to teach history in Florida. Here, we explore the steps needed to become a certified history teacher in the state of Florida.

Florida History Teacher Salary Statistics and Educational Requirements

Average Salary for History Teachers in Florida (2016)* $48,840 (Middle School),
$51,610 (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's or higher
Degree Field Education, State Approved Teacher Education Program
Testing Requirements (FTCE) General Knowledge, FTCE Middle Grades Social Science (5-9) or FTCE Social Science (6-12)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Obtain a Bachelor's Degree or Higher

In the state of Florida, history is one of several subject areas included in the state's social science endorsement. Florida requires prospective history teachers to complete a social science education degree program. These programs combine teacher preparation coursework with content-area classes.

While the coursework of each program varies slightly, the content will likely cover human development, English as a second language, and classroom management strategies. Social science programs will include classes like American history, Florida's history, political science, and sociology. Students will also be required to complete student teaching internships to gain experience in the field before graduation.

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Step 2: Complete All Required Testing

The Florida Department of Education mandates that all prospective teachers must pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) General Knowledge test before becoming certified. This exam includes math, reading, ELS, and writing components and takes approximately 4 hours and costs $130 for the first attempt. The math, reading, and ELS subtests each require a minimum score of 200; the essay requires the candidate to earn a minimum of 8 out of 12 points.

Florida requires candidates to pass a content-area exam. The grade level you intend to teach determines which exam you'll need to take. Each exam costs $200 and requires a minimum score of 200 to pass. For history teachers, the two exam options are:

  • FTCE Middle Grades Social Science (5-9)
  • FTCE Social Science (6-12)

Step 3: Submit Certification Application

Prospective teachers are ready to apply for their Initial Florida Teaching Certificate once all prep programs and testing is complete. Students need to submit an application form, called a CG-10, a $75 processing fee, and official transcripts. Once that information is submitted, applicants will receive their Official Statement of Eligibility from the state, which is valid for three years and required to show that applicants are in fact ready to receive their certificate.

The next step to certification is finding employment in a public (or nonpublic) school with a state-approved professional education competence program. Many Florida schools are required to hire new teachers, so there are many opportunities. Finally, once a teacher finds a position, he or she must be fingerprinted and pay the $75 fee. At that point, all requirements have been met for the Initial Certificate.

Certification Resources for Future Florida History Teachers

Any lingering questions about certification, career goals, or even study tips? Students interested in pursuing Social Science certification can read more detailed guides and prepare for future exams by looking into the following Study.com lessons.

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