April 16, 2018

Florida Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $43,302
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $38,470

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Florida schools. The coursework required for certification varies according to the grade level and the subject being taught. The state of Florida provides a list at this site:
You will also need to complete a Florida-approved teacher certification preparation program.
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see
the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


For teacher certification in Florida, you’ll need to take the following test for basic skills and professional skills:
The Florida Teachers Certification Examinations (FTCE) Official Site: http://www.fl.nesinc.com/FL_overview.asp | FTCE Test
You’ll need to take the following specific FTCE exams:
The FTCE General Knowledge Test (GK)
The FTCE Professional Education Test (PEd)
The FTCE Subject Area Examinations (SAE) for the subject areas in which you intend to teach

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Florida has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states. For details, see this site:

Facts about Florida Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Florida for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Bureau of Educator Certification about teacher certification at this address:
Florida Department of Education
Bureau of Educator Certification
Suite 201, Turlington Building
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

Or you can call at 800-445-6739 (toll free).
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Florida teacher certification process:

Florida Department of Education:

Florida Educator Certification: