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Alternative & Traditional Certification
Florida offers a number of traditional and alternative educator preparation routes that lead to full Professional certification. Some routes are direct pathways to the Professional Certificate. For other routes, the individual first teaches under a Temporary Certificate and then moves to the Professional Certificate.
This webpage includes information on Florida's:
- Educator Preparation Routes
- Direct Pathways to a Professional Certificate
- Pathways to a Temporary Certificate
- Pathways to Move from a Temporary to a Professional Certificate
- Certification Examinations
- Certificate Types and Requirements
The Routes to a Florida Professional Certificate Chart (PDF, 133KB) shows all of the educator preparation options, traditional and alternative, leading to the full Professional Certificate. The chart is separated into three distinct route types - teacher preparation programs, certificate reciprocity, and other alternative routes. It also includes details for each preparation option with links to websites that provide additional information on each route.
Many applicants go directly to the full Professional Certificate by following one of these pathways:
- Valid Standard Certificate Issued by another State (See Reciprocity)
- Valid Certificate Issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
- Teacher Education Degree Program and Passing Florida Certification Examinations
- Educator Preparation Institute Program and Passing Florida Certification Examinations
- Two Semesters of Full-Time College Teaching Experience, Passing the Florida Professional Education Test, and Passing the Florida Subject Area Examination (for a bachelor's level subject). [NOTE: A graduate level subject requires the graduate degree/coursework specified in the governing State Board Rule in addition to Passing the Florida Subject Area Examination.]
Need help determining the Florida subject that matches your current credentials?
See our list of Florida certification subjects and our chart of Florida subjects that compare to NBPTS certification areas.
Applicants who do not currently meet all requirements for a Professional Certificate, can qualify for the Temporary Certificate with one of these pathways:
- Bachelor's Degree with a Passing Score on the Florida Subject Area Examination (for subjects that require no more than a bachelor's degree)
- Bachelor's Degree with a Valid Certificate Issued by American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE)
- Bachelor's Degree with a Major in the Content Area
- Bachelor's Degree with Required Courses and 2.5 GPA in the Content Area
The individual who has been teaching under a Temporary Certificate can move to the Professional Certificate with one of these pathways:
- Valid Certificate Issued by American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) and Demonstration of Professional Education Competence in the Classroom
- Florida Professional Development Certification Program and Passing Florida Certification Examinations
- College Professional Training Option, Teaching Experience, Demonstration of Professional Education Competence in the Classroom, and Passing Florida Certification Examinations
- Professional Preparation College Courses, Teaching Experience, Demonstration of Professional Education Competence in the Classroom, and Passing Florida Certification Examinations
See Moving from the Temporary to the Professional Certificate for important process, application, employment, and timeline information.
Visit Certification Examinations (FTCE/FELE) for detailed information on Florida's certification examinations.
To learn more about the Temporary and Professional Certificates, see Certificate Types and Requirements which describes the certificates and their qualifying requirements.