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

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.

Teach For America Training 

Summer programming starts when you arrive in Jacksonville. It is a total of seven weeks and includes three parts designed to prepare you to teach and lead in Miami-Dade: 

  1. Week 1 Induction: Get to know Jacksonville 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