Internship Requirements

Certification and Job Resources

Certification Process
For students in initial teacher preparation programs, you are eligible for certification upon graduation. To graduate, you must:

  1. Successfully complete/pass all coursework, including final internship.
  2. Pass all appropriate sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE), including:

a. General Knowledge Test (GKT);
b. Professional Educator Test (PEd);
c. Subject Area Exam (SAE) associated with your certification area;

For resources to help prepare you to pass the FTCE, visit our USF FTCE Resources Website.

Once you have earned your degree you can apply for your state license with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). Visit the FDOE website to learn more about certification for Florida Graduates of an approved program.

Obtaining a Job in a School District

Upon completion of your program, you will be eligible to accept a position in a school district. If you are offered a mini-contract or temporary contract at the end of your internship, you will be hired as a long-term substitute. Once your degree is conferred and your Professional Certificate is issued, you are eligible to be hired as a teacher. In either case, you may begin to submit your applications to districts upon completion of your final internship.

Job Fairs
Many districts hold job/recruitment fairs and employment boot camps to prepare you to be hired in their district. In many cases, our students are offered positions on the spot at district job fairs, so you are strongly encouraged to attend. Below are links to information regarding upcoming job/recruitment fairs in our partner districts.

Pasco County Schools

VIP Job Fair
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018. During this event candidates will have the opportunity to interview, and potentially secure a teaching position for immediate and future openings with Pasco County Schools.

  1. Go to: and complete the “Teacher Interview and Hiring Event” application.
  2. Once your application is accepted, you will receive an email asking you to rank the attending schools by preference.
  3. Once received, we will send you a VIP Invite to the exclusive event with all of the details inside!
  4. Meet our wonderful team of principals, administrators and staff!

Interviews will be conducted on the day of the event, with the option of interviewing with multiple schools all one night! Apply HERE to secure your spot to interview, with the school of your choice. Space is limited for this event! 

If you have additional questions please email or call 813-794-2947.

Hillsborough County Public Schools

Area 8 Fall Mini Teacher Interview Event
December 13, 2017 

Hillsborough County Public Schools will host a Fall Mini Teacher Interview Event for Area 8 schools (situated around the Riverview area south to the Manatee County line) on December 13, 2017. All participants must have a bachelor’s degree (or higher) and have submitted an online application to interview with school principals and/or district personnel.

Learn more about the event and register here by 12 noon on December 8.

Applying for Employment

Whether or not you have been offered a position in a district at the end of internship, you must still complete the application process for that district. Below are the links to the application processes and portals for our partner school districts. Follow these links to current position openings as well as instructions on submitting an application for employment.