Prior to matriculation (the successful completion of the first 4 courses taken in the program), candidates, who do not hold an active and valid Florida teaching certificate, are required to provide a passing score on all the sub-tests (including the essay) of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE). Candidates will not be allowed to take the 5th course until this test has been satisfactorily completed. Prior to graduation, candidates are required to take the two additional sub-tests of the FTCE: (1) Professional Education (PEd) examination, and (2) Subject Area Test (SAE). Degree conferral will be based upon successful completion of the three tests of the FTCE and curriculum requirements. Passing scores of the PEd and SAE examinations must be submitted to the program office prior to graduation. As state requirements are subject to change, candidates should expect changes or modifications to the curriculum and degree requirements. All costs related to certification and the FTCE are the responsibility of the candidate.
As an alternative, effective for tests administered on or after July 1, 2015, achievement of passing scores, as identified in Rule 6A-4.0021(12), F.A.C., on test sections of the GRE® revised General Test:
- GRE Analytical Writing combined score of 4 out of 6 acceptable for GK Essay
- GRE Quantitative Reasoning scaled score of 147 acceptable for GK Mathematics
- GRE Verbal Reasoning scaled score of 151 acceptable for both GK English Language Skills and GK Reading.
Candidates who already hold an active and valid teacher certification from the State of Florida may not be required to take additional courses nor the GKT and PEd sub-tests of the FTCE if these requirements have been already fulfilled. However, they may need to take the SAE sub-test of the FTCE in School Guidance and Counseling if their certification is not in this subject area. It is recommended that all candidates check their eligibility requirements with the FLDOE, whether or not they hold an active and valid teacher certificate.