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Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE)

The Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) is composed of three tests: General Knowledge, Professional Education, and Subject Area Exams.

General Knowledge Test (GK)
The GK test consists of four subtests of basic skills:

  • Essay
  • English Language Skills (ELS)
  • Reading
  • Mathematics

Professional Education Test (PEd)

It is a test of pedagogy and professional practices.

 Subject Area Test (SAE) 

These are exams for degreed academic and some vocational subject areas. These exams measure content area knowledge, usually in a multiple-choice format.

NOTE: An examinee who took and passed all or part of the College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) in Florida before July 1, 2002, may use the parts passed on the CLAST toward certification. For any parts not passed by that date, corresponding subtests of the General Knowledge test are required.

Important Announcement:

USFSP COE students who have applied for Fall 2014 final internship and students who will be applying for Spring 2015 final internship:

Please review this critical NEW information regarding FTCE exam score reporting

If you are a student who is planning to enter your final internship either Fall 2014 or Spring 2015, you will need to adjust your personal registration and testing timeline for the Elementary Ed K-6 FTCE exam. Since the Elem Ed K-6 exam was revised as of May 1, 2014, the pass/fail score report will not be made available at the date of test administration. Instead, you will not know if passed the Elem Ed K-6 exam for up to 6 weeks from the date of testing.

The ESE K-12 and FL Professional Education FTCE exams remain the same; unofficial pass/fail score reports will be made available on the date of testing.

What does this mean for me as a student who is close to graduating?

If you have not yet taken the Elem Ed K-6 exam to enter your final internship in Fall 2014, you are very close to being too late for Fall term. Passing scores must be received by the COE no later than Aug 1, 2014. This date is not negotiable.Therefore, backing up 6 weeks from August 1, 2014, if you have not taken your Elementary Ed K-6 exam by mid June 2014, you might not have your pass/fail score report to submit by the August 1, 2014 deadline. See screenshot below; for revised exams such as the Elem Ed K-6, score reports may be delayed 1 additional week (count on 6 weeks minimum).

Also – remember that if you do not pass one of your FTCE exams, you must wait 31 days to re-take.

For the latest information regarding test registration,pass/fail status, viewing and downloading the registration bulletin, and information on computer-based testing, please visit  Florida Teacher Certification Examinations.