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HOW TO GET YOUR TEACHING CERTIFICATION IN FLORIDA

Interested in teaching in the state of Florida? With a Bachelor’s degree and a desire to make a difference, the American Board can help you achieve your dream.

WHAT MAKES THE AMERICAN BOARD DIFFERENT?

The American Board, also known as The American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE), offers a flexible, affordable path to earn your teaching certificate in Florida. You can complete our self-paced program online without quitting your job or taking additional college courses.

The American Board is also extremely cost-efficient. Compare the cost of our program (less than $3000 in most cases) to the cost of taking 25-30 credit hours at a state university and it’s no competition.

Plus, we let students complete our program at their own pace. On average, our students take 7-10 months to complete the program.

FLORIDA STATE TEACHING REQUIREMENTS

To use a teaching certificate from the American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence in the state of Florida, candidates will need to complete the following steps:

1. Complete the ABCTE program

2. Apply to the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Educator Certification for a Statement of Eligibility

3. Obtain a teaching position in a Florida school

-At this point, the school district will process your fingerprints and request the issuance of a 3-year non-renewable Temporary Certificate

4. Complete the school district’s approved Professional Educator Competency Demonstration Program (this program varies and is specific to your school district)

5. Begin teaching

6. Apply to upgrade your 3-year non-renewable Temporary Certificate into a renewable 5-year Florida Professional Certificate within your first three years of teaching

*It is recommended you apply for your Statement of Eligibility and obtain a teaching position within 3 years of completing the ABCTE program.

For additional information or clarification of the steps above, visit the Florida Department of Education’s website.

THE AMERICAN BOARD IN FLORIDA

The Florida Board of Education approved the American Board as a route to full teacher licensure in 2004. Since then, the American Board has issued over 700 teaching certifications in the state of Florida, with Hillsborough County biology teacher Traci Brown having received ABCTE’s 1,000th overall certification. The Florida State Department of Education fully recognizes the American Board certification for all school districts and charter schools in the state. Learn more about our partner districts here.

We offer certifications in a variety of subjects. Choose a subject below to learn more about the requirements to teach that subject:

Biology (6-12)
Chemistry (6-12)
Elementary Education (K-6)
English Language Arts (6-12)
General Science (5-9)
Mathematics (6-12)
Physics (6-12)
Special Education (K-12)**
Reading Certificate (K-6)***

*If a candidate is currently teaching on a 3-year temporary permit received from FLDOE, the candidate must either complete the ABCTE program or the Florida General Knowledge exam within their first year of teaching on the permit.

**If you are seeking certification in Special Education, you will also be required to become certified in another subject.  We provide Elementary Education certification at no additional cost to fulfill this state requirement.

***Reading Endorsement is an add-on only, meaning you cannot certify in reading alone. Read the Reading Endorsement page above for more information.

INTERESTED?

Choose a subject area above to learn more about our program, or ENROLL NOW!

Or call 1-877-669-2228 (option 1) to speak with a representative of The American Board.

To learn more about the American Board program, attend a free information session in your area. See the list of upcoming events here.

No event in your area? Check out our pre-recorded Information Session by clicking here.

You can also email us at contact@abcte.org.

Please note: while we do our best to stay current with state requirements, we are not responsible for any changes to state, district, and school regulations.

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