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Florida Teacher Certification


Basic Steps for Florida Teacher Certification:

  1. If you have graduated from a state-approved teacher preparation program, then you need to pass all three portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE).
  2. If you have not graduated from an approved teacher prep program or if you have graduated from an approved out-of-state program than you can get a Temporary Teaching Certificate until you finish your prep program or you pass the portions of the FTCE.
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Information for Teachers Certified Elsewhere:

There are two ways that teachers certified in other states can get certificates to teach in Florida.
  1. If you have a valid standard or Level II certificate issued by another state or US territory and the subject(s) shown on your certificate is comparable to a subject(s) issued in Florida, then you qualify for a reciprocal certificate.
  2. If you have a valid National Board certificate with a subject comparable to one issued in Floriday, then you qualify for a reciprocal certificate.

Special Programs for Florida Teacher Certification and Education:

Florida has two programs to help with tuition for aspiring teachers: the Critical Teacher Shortage Student Loan Forgiveness Program and Critical Teacher Shortage Tuition Reimbursement. Currently, critical shortage areas include math, science, reading, special education programs, and foreign languages. For tuition reimbursement, not only are teachers in critical shortage areas provided the award, but current teachers are given reimbursements for adding endorsements like gifted. More information..

Teaching Position Outlook for Texas:

As with many states across the nation, Texas has shortages in all teaching areas and subjects. Some of the more critical needs occur in mathematics, science, special education, and foreign languages. The average teacher salary is over $41,000.

Additional Information for Florida Teacher Certification:

Want more information? Visit the Florida Teacher Certification area at the Florida Department of Education.

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