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Florida Department of Education Certification

The School Counseling concentration is approved by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE). All requirements for certification in the School Guidance and Counseling subject specialty will be fulfilled prior to degree conferral, including all curriculum and examination requirements.

Students who hold an active and valid teaching certificate in the State of Florida will be required to complete all degree curriculum requirements as stated above and the subject area exam in School Guidance and Counseling prior to degree conferral.

Students who do not hold an active and valid teaching certificate in the State of Florida will be required to complete all degree curriculum requirements as stated above, the Florida Teachers Certification Examination (all tests and sub-tests), and additional course work as required by the FLDOE (see below for additional course requirements). Students are responsible for verifying requirements for certification in School Guidance and Counseling with their local school board certification office or with the Florida Department of Education. State of Florida approval for certification does not necessarily apply to certification requirements in other states. Certification requirements are subject to change.

Applicants who do not hold a current State of Florida Teaching Certificate must also complete the following courses at NSU unless the respective course(s) was (were) taken previously in an approved teacher education program. If that is the case, students are responsible for submitting the appropriate verification to NSU and the FLDOE:

  1. RED 550 - Foundations of Reading for Content Area Teachers
  2. TSOL 510 - Classroom TESOL, Theory and Strategies for Teachers (3 credits)

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.

The Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (AP) was adopted by the State of Florida Department of Education (DOE) to delineate the knowledge base and skills required of educators in the public school system. Successful articulation of the 12 Accomplished Practices delineated by DOE are a requirement for graduation from the School Counseling concentration and reflects the commitment of the College of Psychology to a performance-based assessment of these essential competencies. Students receive the Student Guide to the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices upon admission to the School Counseling program. This guide highlights all the necessary requirements to fulfill the Accomplished Practices and the portfolio project, a requirement for graduation.

Students enrolling in this program starting fall 2010 or beyond, please click the links below for additional information:

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