Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE)

The FTCE has suspended all paper-based testing for the FTCE/FELE programs due to budgetary constraints.  All testing will be computer-based and will be available at Pearson VUE professional testing centers.  Test centers are strategically located throughout the state and examinees will be able to sit for exams seven days a week with morning, afternoon, and evening availabilities.

For additional information and registration, please go to: www.fl.nesinc.com or contact their customer service center at (413) 256-2893.  Representatives are available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

DESCRIPTION OF TESTS
Subject Area Examination (SAE) - These exams measure content area knowledge, usually in a multiple-choice format. On July 1, 2002, a statute was passed that allowed for teachers to establish eligibility for an initial Temporary Certificate by taking and passing bachelor-level subject area exams in lieu of taking college coursework. Certification subjects excluded are Guidance, Reading, Speech Language Impaired, Educational Leadership and School Psychologist. These areas also require coursework in addition to the subject area exam.
If you were placed out-of-field, you can also take a bachelor's level area exam to meet your mandated training requirement. (Please review the study tips at the end of this section - you may find them helpful in preparing for future subject area exams.)

Professional Education (PED) - This multiple-choice test assesses general knowledge of five content bases: personal development, appropriate student behavior, planning instruction, implementing instruction, and evaluating instruction.

General Knowledge Test (GK) - The GK is a basic skills achievement test containing four subtests: Math (multiple-choice items), Reading (multiple-choice, passage-based items), English Language Skills (multiple-choice items) and Essay.


ADDITIONAL TESTING INFORMATION
  • If you have a valid, standard or Level II certificate from any U.S. state or U.S. territory and the subject(s) shown on your certificate are comparable to subject(s) issued in Florida, then you will have satisfied all requirements for a Florida professional certificate and will not need to take any of the Florida Teacher Certification Exams.
  • If you took and passed the Florida CLAST exam prior to July 1, 2002, those scores can be used in lieu of the General Knowledge Exam, providing you submit an official score report.  The State no longer accepts CLAST scores from transcripts.  To request an original score report, you will need to contact the testing agency directly at 866-613-3281.
  • The Florida Department of Education stopped accepting other state's PRAXIS and NTE exams, effective July 1, 2002.

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