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Learn more about the process for becoming certified to teach in the Jacksonville and Central Florida region.


Florida offers two types of educator certificates: temporary and professional. 

  • Temporary certificates - valid for three years and are not renewable.
  • Professional certificates - valid for five years and are renewable.

Both certificate types require the candidate to hold at least a bachelor’s degree and be able to demonstrate mastery of subject area knowledge.

If you are already certified to teach in another state, you may submit your information to the Florida Department of Education, which offers reciprocity with 47 other states.

Jacksonville corps members receive a three-year non-renewable temporary certificate. In order to qualify for the temporary certificate and be hirable by the first day of school, 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
  • 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

Maintaining Your Certificate

  • Pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) General Knowledge Test by the end of your first year teaching.

Obtaining a Professional Certificate

  • Enroll in an alternative certification program and pass the Professional Education Test (PEd) by the end of their third year. 
  • Additional routes can be found on the Florida state certification page

Where can I get information about the certification examinations?

Visit the FLDOE website.


Master's Degree Option

Teach for America Central Florida corps members are not required to attend a graduate program during their two-year commitment. However, many of our corps members choose to take advantage of these partnership opportunities:

  • University of Central Florida master of education program
  • Johns Hopkins University’s online master of science in education program (includes nine free credits for your Teach For America summer institute experience)

Estimated Costs

  • Up-front testing and certification costs: $400
  • Ongoing Certification Costs: $500
  • You may be able to offset ongoing certification costs with an AmeriCorps education award.

Teach For America Training 

The summer before you begin teaching, all Teach For America corp members in Orlando, Jacksonville, and Miami-Dade attend a five-week Teach For America Florida training institute in Miami, Florida.

Once in Orlando, there is ongoing and targeted leadership development provided by Teach For America Jacksonville and Central Florida staff. This development begins early in your first year teaching and continues after your leadership journey transitions into being an alumni.

  1. Week 1 Induction: Get to know Jacksonville and Central Florida  and start to build relationships with your fellow corps members, community members, and regional staff.
  2. Weeks 2-6 Institute: Engage in meaningful learning experiences designed to prepare you to teach in the fall.
  3. Week 7 Orientation: Apply your learnings from institute to plan for your classroom in the fall and receive support from regional staff