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FTCE - Florida Teacher Certification Examinations

Includes the General Knowledge Test (GKT), Professional Education Test (PEd), Subject Area Examinations (SAE), and the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE)

Florida law requires that teachers demonstrate mastery of basic skills, professional knowledge, and content area of specialization. If you are currently a student, you should consult your college advisor about testing requirements. A valid Statement of Status of Eligibility issued by the Bureau of Educator Certification will advise you of your individual testing requirements. For information on certification, visit the Florida Department of Education's Bureau of Educator Certification website.

General Knowledge Test: An exam of basic skills that consists of four subtests: Essay, English Language Skills (ELS), Reading, and Mathematics.

Professional Education Test: A test of pedagogy and professional practices.

Subject Area Examinations: There are 42 different SAEs, including Elementary Education K–6, Exceptional Student Education K–12, English 6–12, Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum 5–9, etc.

FELE: For the certification of administrators (such as school principals) that consists of three subtests: Subtest 1: Instructional Leadership, Subtest 2: Operational Leadership, Subtest 3: School Leadership.

More information on these exams can be found at the FTCE website.


All FTCE examinations are administered via a computer-based program in the USF Testing Services office. Examinees will complete a tutorial before taking the actual test, allowing time to become familiar with the format of the exam. At the conclusion of the test, examinees will receive unofficial score results for any multiple-choice tests taken. Official score reports are posted to examinee accounts on the score report date according to the FCTE schedule. You will be notified via email when your score report is available in your account. Your score report will be accessible for 60 days to view, print, and save for your records.


USF Testing Services offers the FTCE Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and most Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Please visit the FTCE website for specific availability. 


Subject Area Examination
First Attempt: $200
Retakes: $220

Professional Education Test
First Attempt: $150
Retakes: $170

General Knowledge Test (any combination of subtests)
First Attempt: $130
Retakes: $150

FELE (any combination of subtests)
First Attempt: $215
Retakes: $225


Register online at the FTCE website for all exam sections. Questions regarding registration may be directed to FTCE by calling 866-613-3281.

Retest Policies

Test-takers must wait 31 calendar days to retake a failed exam. Retaking an exam within the 31-day period will invalidate your scores. To retake a test, please submit a new registration and pay the retake fee online.


Disability Services

Please visit the FTCE website for information on special testing accommodations.