Florida Teacher Certification Examinations

The purpose of the Florida Teacher Certification examinations (FTCE) is to ensure that all teacher candidates demonstrate the necessary content and pedagogical knowledge necessary to effectively instruct students in Florida. To learn more, visit the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations website .

To register for an exam, go to the FTCE/FELE contractor’s website. When registering for an exam, the results of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) can be requested to be sent to Pasco-Hernando State College.

General Knowledge Test

The General Knowledge Test (GK) is composed of four subtests (Essay, English Language Skills (ELS), Reading, and Mathematics) and must be passed before being admitted into the Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) program. Applicants must submit a copy of the official FTCE Score Report of passing scores.

Note: Completion of a master’s degree or higher from an accredited post-secondary institution recognized by the Florida Department of Education will satisfy the General Knowledge requirement. 

Subject Area Examinations

There are 39 different Subject Area Examinations (SAEs). At least one SAE must be passed before being admitted into the Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) program. It must be the same subject area in which you are seeking certification as listed on either your statement of status of eligibility or temporary teaching certificate. Applicants must submit a copy of the official FTCE Score Report of passing scores.

Professional Education Test

The Professional Education Test (PEd) must be passed before graduating from the EPI program. In the final semester of the program, students should register to take the test and must submit a copy of the official FTCE Score Report of passing scores.

Note: Full-time Florida public school teachers who have earned a highly effective rating per their performance evaluation under s. 1012.34 F.S., may use it to satisfy the Professional Education Test requirement.