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Jacksonville corps members receive a three-year non-renewable temporary certificate. In order to qualify for the temporary certificate, all corps members are required to:
- Pass a Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) Subject Area Exam prior to their first day of teaching
- Pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) Middle Grades Integrated Certification exam prior to their first day of teaching
- Pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) General Knowledge Test
- Provide two copies of their degree-conferred transcript from an accredited college or university
- Pay a $75 fee to the Florida Department of Education for each subject area certification applied for
If corps members choose to pursue full professional certification, they must enroll in an alternative certification program and pass the Professional Education Test (PEd) by the end of their third year. Duval County Public Schools offers a low-cost summer alternative certification program that some corps members have opted to participate in.
Common Certification Questions
How is teaching certification structured in this state/region?
Certification can be obtained in three years through Teach For America.
Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?
Is a master's degree required?
Teach For America is partnering with the University of Florida to provide Corps Members and alum the opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership or Curriculum & Instruction. This University partnership will be open to both current corps members and alumni. This will be a cohort based, hybrid program that would combine online coursework and in-person instruction. This program is ideal for those wanting to better their craft as teachers and prepare themselves for future work in the education sector.
The program will start in the Spring (January/February) semester and will take 2 – 2.5 years to complete. A total of 36 hours of course work.