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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