Teacher Certification and Testing – Florida

The teacher certification test in Florida is called the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE).

The Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) is administered by NESINC on behalf of the Florida Department of Education.

The FTCE consists of three sections:

  • Professional Education
  • General Knowledge
  • Subject Area Exams

Depending upon the teaching candidate’s background, one, two, or all three of the above certification tests may be required.

Teaching candidates applying for a Professional Certificate may need to take the Professional Education Test (Test PEd).

The PEd test is normally administered in the afternoon and will take up the majority of the afternoon.

You will need to arrive for the PEd at 1:00 PM and the testing time is two and a half hours.

The PEd test is a test of pedagogy and professional practices.

Prospective teachers may combine taking an FTCE subject area examination in the morning and the PEd test in the afternoon on the same date.

However, in certain cases, the PEd test is administered in the morning, so candidates should check their admission tickets carefully.

The Test SAE is a subject area exam which is required for degreed academic and some vocational subject areas.

The Test SAE exams measure subject area knowledge and usually consist of multiple-choice questions.

English and foreign language teachers will also be required to write an essay.

Foreign language applicants may also be required to have an oral interview.

Candidates applying for a Professional Certificate and those adding a subject area to a Professional Certificate must pass a subject area exam in the fields in which they are seeking certification.

SAEs are normally given in the morning, beginning at 8:30 AM and finishing at noon.

Like the PEd, the testing time for the SAE is normally two and a half hours.

The General Knowledge Test (GK) consists of four parts:

Essay – 50 minutes
English Language Skills (ELS) – 40 minutes
Reading – 40 minutes
Math – 100 minutes

For further information on the teacher certification testing requirements in the state of Florida, please click on the links below:

Florida NESINC – FTCE Florida Teacher Certification Examinations

Florida Department of Education – Teacher Certification