Teacher Certification

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get certified to teach?

Answer: Step-by-Step instructions can be found on the Florida Department of Education Certification Steps (External Link) webpage.

What classes do I need in order to get certified to teach?

Answer: The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) does not have a "one size fits all" checklist; therefore, you will need to apply for certification so they can evaluate your transcript and provide you with an individualized "Statement of Eligibility" so you will know what classes/exams you need to take based on your personal academic history. You can begin the process using the FLDOE's Certification Steps (External Link) or seek FLDOE Educator Certification (External Link) information.

What classes do you offer for recertification?

Answer: The Florida Department of Education website lists various types of recertification options on their Florida Educator Certification Renewal Requirements (External Link) webpage.

View the USF College of Education Recertification Course List that should match their criteria. Please note, you will need to check with your district and/or the Florida Department of Education to determine if the courses you select will meet certification requirements.

I need to take a Teaching Students with Disabilities course. What do you offer?

Answer: View the USF College of Education Recertification Course List that should match that criteria. Please note, you will need to check with your district and/or the Florida Department of Education to determine if the courses you select will meet certification requirements

What is the cost of a course?

Answer: View Tuition and fee rates from the Student Services Tuition and Fee Information webpage.

Is there any financial aid and/or scholarships available?

Answer: Please visit the USF University Scholarships & Financial Aid Services website for this information.

Do you offer any General Knowledge Test (GKT) or Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) prep workshops?

Answer: View our Testing resources that can help you prepare for the General Knowledge Test (GKT) or Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE).

Do you offer any courses that are "quicker" than the traditional semester?

Answer: We do have short semester options. Read about USF's Maymester and Winter Session Program Information.

Can I take all of the necessary classes online?

Answer: We do offer some online courses. To determine availability, please select "Distance Learning" on the USF Schedule Search at and enter the course information for those that interest you from the Recertification Course List or you can search by title.

How do I get certified in another state?

Answer: You will need to contact the Department of Education for the state in which you are seeking certification and they will be able to assist you with their process.