Teacher Certification

Florida Teacher Certification Examination

The purpose of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) is to ensure that all teacher candidates demonstrate the necessary content and pedagogical knowledge necessary to effectively instruct students in Florida. Ensuring the preparation of effective teachers and other professional educators for the State of Florida is fundamental to the mission of the USF College of Education.

General Knowledge Test (GKT)

The General Knowledge Test assesses the skills and knowledge candidates need to begin careers as professional educators and consists of four subtests: Essay, English Language Skills, Reading and Mathematics Subtest.

Subject Area Exams (SAEs)

The Subject Area Exams are designed to test for knowledge of a specific subject matter. The SAEs students choose to take are determined by their desired teaching focus/concentration. There are more than 40 different SAEs available in a variety of subject areas. 

Professional Education Test (PEd) 

The Professional Education Test is an exam related to knowledge about professional education competencies, and is meant to test education specific to pedagogy and professional practices. Revised in January 2013, this 120-question multiple choice test is built on the Florida Educators Accomplished Practices (FEAPs).