All candidates who want to become teachers at Florida public schools should pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examination administered by the Florida Department of Education. The exam can be taken as a computer based or paper based test. Candidates will have to wait for 31 days before retaking the FTCE exam. Those who seek certification in Educational Leadership should qualify FELE.
Those who have at least a bachelor's degree can appear for the FTCE exam. Candidates must have good general knowledge, designated subject knowledge, professional preparation and education competence.
The Exam has 3 parts
The GK test includes Essay writing, English Language Skills (ELS), Reading and Mathematics. Except the essay question, rest of them are multiple choice questions. Each subset must be registered for separately and written separately.
The PEd test assesses the basic knowledge of pedagogy and professional practices. It includes multiple-choice questions.
Most of the SAE exams consist of only multiple-choice questions. But some subjects such as English 6–12, Middle Grades English 5–9, French K–12, German K–12, Spanish K–12, and Speech 6–12 comprise of an essay, recorded speaking and listening sections, or a videotaped section. Though most of the SAE tests are single tests, some of them like German K–12 and Speech 6–12 tests consist of 2 subsets. Candidates are required to register for each separately. Each subset should also be taken separately.
The FTCE is a pass/fail test. The candidates, who passed the test, will see “pass” and those who fail, will see “not pass” on their score report. Those who fail can know their numeric score also.