There have been a lot of questions on how you become certified in Florida. If you are a School of Education graduate then when you apply for certification your course work major should allow you to get your Statement of Status of Eligibility in your subject area (Science, Math, Social Science, English, P.E. etc.). If the Florida DOE determines you still need to take the SAE (Subject Area Examination) then you will be in the same boat as non-education graduates and must sit for the SAE for the subject you want to teach. After passing an SAE, you will receive your Statement of Eligibility Letter. It will also state you need to pass the four General Knowledge Subtest within your first year of teaching. If you get hired as a teacher, the district will notify the DOE and they will send them and you your Temporary Certificate. This AND your Eligibility Letter copies are be kept at the school in your file to show you are qualified. Remember, the Temporary Certificate is only good for 3 years and will NOT be renewed, during which you need to complete the four General Knowledge Exams (within your first year of teaching). So in Florida, along with your accredited Bachelors degree, you need to: 1.) Pass the FTCE Subject Area Exam (SAE). (You will then receive your Statement of Eligibility) You seek employment with the eligibility letter. Again, you will not get the Temporary Teaching Certificate until AFTER you have been hired by a district AND are FDLE & FBI background checked and fingerprint cleared. Once your have been cleared and hired, then the district will then apply to the Florida DOE to issue your Temporary Teaching Certificate. 2.) Pass the four (4) FTCE General Knowledge Exams in English Language Skills, Mathematics, Reading, and Essay writing. Note: This can be done before or after you are hired and issued the Temporary, but odds are you will not be hired without passing them first. 3.) Pass the FTCE Professional Educator Exam. (can be done before or after issue of the Temporary) To move to the final 5 yr Professional Certificate, you need to pass all of the FTCE exams listed above (SAE if required & the 5 other test). 4.) Then you must Demonstrate Mastery of Professional Preparation and Education Competence. This is either through at least one year of teaching experience and competence certification training from the district with a state approved preparation plan or alternative certification . The most practical (and quickest) way to accomplish step 4 is to attend an Educator Preparation Institute. This way, you will meet all of the State requirements well within the time frame under your Eligibility Letter and/or Temporary Certificate. You cannot complete the program until all of your FTCE's are passed and you have complete the 30 hours of internships and completed the 21 credit hours of course work. *** Remember all of this MUST be completed within three years. Florida will NOT renew a Temporary Certificate. After all is done above, you then apply for your Professional Certificate, and again it is valid for five years. I hopes this helps and clarifies things for anyone wondering.