The Department of Education offers state-approved academic and field experiences that prepare students to enter the teaching profession. State approved program completers are eligible for professional teacher certification in the state of Florida.
Students can major in Elementary Education (grades K-6) or minor in Secondary Education (grades 6-12) by completing a selected major in the intended teaching area and the Secondary Education minor.
Admission to and Completion of the Major or Minor and State Approved Program
Students must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program as soon as they declare an Elementary Education major or a Secondary Education minor. Students can find and file applications (I-S Form) on the Department’s website. The Director of Teacher Education notifies applicants of acceptance or reason for denial.
Students who complete the required academic course and field work, maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher, and have their Expanded Teacher Education Portfolio (ETEP) approved before AND during Student Teaching will meet the requirements for the Elementary Education major or Secondary Education minor.
Florida requires that students have a passing score on the General Knowledge test (GK) of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) to be admitted to any state-approved program.
Students who meet the requirements for the Elementary Education major or Secondary Education minor AND submit passing scores on the General Knowledge (GK) test, Professional Education (PED) test, and Subject Area Exam (SAE) prior to graduation will be Florida State Approved Program completers, and immediately eligible for Professional Teacher Certification.
All students completing the major or minor must take a college math course unless they have achieved a grade of C or higher in high school calculus. Students also need a course in U.S. History. Consult with an advisor in the Department of Education for assistance meeting these requirements.
Elementary Education majors and Secondary Education minors must complete all the following:
- foundation courses in professional education,
- elementary or secondary course sequence, and
- clinical experiences, including student teaching.
Foundation Courses (Required for all Elementary Education majors and Secondary Education minors)