How to Become a Teacher in Florida

The state of Florida has 67 public school districts that enroll close to 3 million students annually, making it the 4th largest school system in the country. According to the Florida Department of Education, there are more than 180,000 educators employed at the 4,000 public schools in the Sunshine State. Individuals considering the teaching profession must first meet the state’s certification requirements. Read on to learn more about becoming a teacher in Florida.

Education Requirements

The basic requirement for Florida teacher certification is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Students interested in earning a Florida teaching license typically choose education majors or subject-based majors such as social science or biology. In addition, it is necessary to complete an approved teacher training program. There are nearly 50 on-campus and online teaching schools in Florida that offer state-approved initial teacher preparation programs, according to the Florida Department of Education. School districts also offer approved programs to teachers employed within their district.

Florida Teaching Certification

Florida offers two types of educator certificates, the non-renewable temporary certificate which is valid for three school years and the renewable professional certificate. The temporary certificate provides candidates time to complete all requirements for a professional certificate while teaching full-time. The professional certificate is Florida’s highest educator certificate.

Required Tests

Florida law requires that teachers demonstrate mastery of basic skills, professional knowledge, and content area of specialization by earning a passing score on the appropriate Florida subject area examination and, for professional certificate candidates, the Florida general knowledge test.

State Certification Reciprocity

Out-of-state candidates applying for professional certification to teach in the state of Florida must hold a valid standard certificate issued by another state or a certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

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Barry University

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11300 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33161-6695
(800) 756-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Bethune-Cookman University

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640 Dr Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3099
(386) 481-2000

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

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  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Broward College

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111 East Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 201-7400

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  • Public
  • 4-year

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  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Carlos Albizu University-Miami

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2173 N.W. 99th Avenue
Miami, FL 33172-2209
(305) 593-1223

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

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  • Bachelors
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Chipola College

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3094 Indian Circle
Marianna, FL 32446-2053
(850) 526-2761

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  • 4-year

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  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Daytona State College

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1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 506-3000

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  • 4-year

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  • Associates
  • Bachelors
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Edward Waters College

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1658 Kings Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32209
(904) 470-8000

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

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  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide

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600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900
(800) 522-6787

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
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  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Flagler College-St Augustine

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74 King Street
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 829-6481

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  • 4-year

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  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

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1500 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Tallahassee, FL 32307
(850) 599-3000

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Florida Atlantic University

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777 Glades Rd
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
(561) 297-3000

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  • 4-year

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Florida Gulf Coast University

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10501 Fgcu Blvd S
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
(239) 590-1000

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  • 4-year

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Florida Institute of Technology

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150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901-6975
(321) 674-8000

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  • 4-year

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Florida International University

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11200 S. W. 8 Street
Miami, FL 33199
(305) 348-2000

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Florida Memorial University

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15800 NW 42 Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054-6199
(305) 626-3600

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Florida Southern College

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111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33801-5698
(863) 680-4111

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  • 4-year

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Florida SouthWestern State College

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8099 College Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33919
(239) 489-9300

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  • 4-year

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Florida State University

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222 S. Copeland Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1037
(850) 644-2525

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  • 4-year

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Hobe Sound Bible College

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11298 SE Gomez
Hobe Sound, FL 33455-1065
(772) 546-5534

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

Indian River State College

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3209 Virginia Ave
Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
(772) 462-4772

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  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
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