How to Become a Middle School Teacher in Florida

Jan 02, 2019

Those who teach middle schoolers, students in grades five through nine, are able to specialize in a certain topic, much like secondary teachers. Once education is complete and exams are passed, Florida issues a Professional Educator Certificate that is valid for five years.

Certification Requirements for Florida Middle School Teachers

Average Salary for Florida Middle School Teachers (2016)* $48,840 (Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Degree Field Middle School Education and subject area
Testing Requirements Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE): General Knowledge Test; FTCE: Middle Grades Subject Area Exam

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step One: Earn a Teaching Degree

The Florida Department of Education requires middle school teachers to complete a teacher education program. Florida universities offer courses related to instruction, classroom management, ethical issues in education, and assessment. In addition to general education classes and electives, most schools require over 60 credit hours in the educational program. Some universities require students to carry at least a 2.5 to 3.0 GPA in their major courses. This prepares them for their semester-long field experience, which is a student teaching requirement that allows future teachers to instruct a classroom of students.

Step Two: Earn a Passing Score on the Basic Skills Test

To demonstrate your general knowledge in writing, reading, the English language, and math, future middle school teachers in Florida are required to first take the FTCE: General Knowledge Test. To take all four subtests, examinees are given about four hours. The writing subtest requires a score of eight out of 12, and all the other subtests require a 200.

The essay portion includes one written assignment, which tests your ability to convey the purpose of the essay and complete a thesis. The reading section is composed of 40 multiple-choice questions that focus on establishing the meaning of a text and utilizing evidence from the text to build claims. The English language subtest is also made up of 40 multiple-choice questions, and these are based on your understanding of sentence structures, the meanings of words, and even verb forms. Finally, the math section focuses on real numbers, operations, geometry, and algebra, and this is spread over 45 multiple-choice questions.

Step Three: Earn a Passing Score on the Subject Knowledge Exam

To teach middle school in Florida, candidates will be required to pass the applicable FTCE subject area exam. This includes the FTCE: Middle Grades English, General Science, Math, and Social Science tests. The number of questions range from 80 to 120 multiple-choice questions, to a single written assignment. Examinees are given 150 minutes to complete their exam, and the passing score is at least 200.

Step Four: Undergo a Background Check

To earn your certification, you must first submit your fingerprints for a background check. Both the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will take the fingerprints and search for any criminal offenses.

Links to Help Florida Middle School Teachers

The following links are meant to assist those attempting to gain certification by completing the FTCE: General Knowledge Test and the subject area exam.

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