GENERAL TEACHER CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
things You Should Know!
If you do not have a degree in education, below are 5 things you need to do to become a "certified" teacher.
- Have a 4-year degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Pass the Subject Area Teacher Certification Exam for the subject/grade level you want to teach.
- Pass the Professional Education Teacher Certification Exam.
- Pass the General Knowledge Teacher Certification Exam.
- Complete an Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) or state approved equivalent.
meet Dr. John Wade, Pre-Med Program, Mosley High
becoming Certified Before You Are Hired to Teach
You can complete all state certification requirements before seeking employment as a teacher. The EPI program provides all the requirements of FLDOE for a professional teaching certificate. Once you complete the EPI program and have a professional teaching certificate then you are more appealing to principals who are hiring teachers.
temporary teaching certificate
If you have an “eligible” Statement of Eligibility (SOE) from FLDOE, a school district could decide to hire you and request that FLDOE issue a temporary teaching certificate in your name. Normally, individuals receive an “eligible” SOE after passing the subject area exam. Temporary teaching certificates are issued for three years.
You will be required to complete all requirements for a permanent professional teaching certificate within that 3 year period. The EPI program meets all the requirements of FLDOE to move you from a temporary to a professional teaching certificate.
Note: Only The Florida Department Education can determine your certification requirements. Certification requirements are determined by FLDOE, not GCSC. Visit http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/ to learn more.
Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE) Information
You must submit your selected subject area for teacher certification to Teresa Salter
and receive EPI approval prior to registering for the subject area exam. The Florida
Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE) are required exams that you will have to take to
complete the program. All of the FTCE exams are given at a Person Vue testing center.
Subject Area Exam
General Knowledge Exam
Professional Education Exam
For more information on testing and test prep study guides go to the FTCE web-page.
CONTACT AN EPI ADVISOR
Asst. Academic Program Coordinator
Social Sciences, Room 229
850-769-1551 ext. 3393
Academic Program Coordinator
Social Sciences, Room 227