Professional Training Option / Undergraduate Education Minor
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Teacher certification in the State of Florida is a rigorous process and requires that candidates meet high standards of training and formal education in order to ensure that only the best and the brightest are certified to teach in Florida schools.
For those students who did not complete a teacher preparation program, but are interested in pursuing teacher certification in the State of Florida, the College of Education offers a State of Florida- approved Professional Training Option (PTO). The PTO/Ed Minor is designed to assist students who are unable to pursue a COE teacher preparation program at the undergraduate level, but are interested in teaching.
The PTO also serves as an official minor for undergraduates whose major requires an outside minor for graduation.
No application is required in order to register for the required courses – sections of each of the required courses have been set aside and opened to ALL undergraduate students.
Please note that each of the courses required for completion of the PTO/Ed Minor is limited in the number of seats and sections that may be offered each semester to non-COE majors and/or non-degree seeking students.
The Professional Training Option consists of five courses that meet professional preparation coursework requirements for a Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate. PLEASE NOTE- these courses meet only ONE component of the requirements for a Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate. Completion of coursework does not ensure that an individual will be eligible for a professional certificate.
The PTO requirements include:
- Completion of 5 required courses with a C minus or better (availability of online or face-to-face sections may vary)
- Notifying the OASIS staff in the College of Education upon completion of ALL required courses (OASIS will verify completion prior to the PTO statement being noted on the transcript)
It is the responsibility of the student candidate to apply to the Florida Department of Education for certification. Upon completion of the PTO/Ed minor and after notifying OASIS, the candidate’s FSU transcripts will be stamped with the statement : “Completion of DOE-approved Professional Training Option”.
(Students must contact the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support in order to have the statement added to their transcripts )
Additional criteria is required by the State of Florida for a temporary teaching certificate. Student candidates must contact the Florida DOE for specific criteria.
For those pursuing BS/BA degrees in a subject area, the courses are:
RED 4335 – Literacy Across the Content Areas
TSL 4324 – English to Speakers of Other Languages
EDF 4430 – Classroom Assessment
EDF 4210 – Educational Psychology
EDG 4321 – Foundations of Teaching
*Please note that each of the courses required for completion of the PTO are limited in the number of seats and sections that may be offered each semester to non-COE majors.
Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (OASIS)
2301 Stone Building
1. What are the requirements for teacher certification in the state of Florida?
There are two types of Florida Educator certificates, temporary and professional. The requirements for each are outlined below:
- In order to be considered eligible for a temporary certificate, an applicant must meet subject area specialization. For most certification coverage areas, this can be done through one of the following:
- Degree major
- A passing score on the appropriate Subject Area Examination
- Meeting coursework requirements as outlined in State Board of Education Rule. These can be found at the following link: http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/subjlist.asp. Please note- There are some subjects for which specialization cannot be met through a passing score on the subject area exam.
If an individual is eligible for a temporary certificate and is hired by a public school district or state approved private school, a request for issuance of a temporary certificate is submitted to the Florida Department of Education by the district or school. A temporary certificate cannot be obtained without being employed in a Florida public school or district or in a state approved private school. Temporary certificates are valid for three years and are non-renewable.
- In order to be considered eligible a professional certificate, an applicant must demonstrate mastery of the following:
- Mastery of Subject Knowledge
- Mastery of General Knowledge
- Mastery of Professional Preparation and Education Competence.
For specifics on how to meet mastery requirements, please visit the following link: http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/cert_types.asp. A professional certificate is a renewable certificate that is valid for five years.
In order to determine your eligibility for a temporary or professional certificate in Florida, you must apply for a Florida Educator’s certificate at the following link:
A complete application package must have the following:
- Official transcripts from an appropriately accredited institution, indicating all coursework and conferral of a bachelor’s degree.
2. Will the PTO help me become certified to teach? How will the PTO assist me in obtaining Florida certification?
The PTO program is designed to assist individuals in meeting requirements for professional preparation for a Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate. Completion of a PTO alone DOES NOT meet mastery of Professional Preparation and Education Competence, mastery of Subject Area Knowledge, or mastery of General Knowledge required for professional certification in Florida.
3. After I complete the PTO, what else do I need to do to obtain a Florida Educator’s Professional Certificate?
You will need the following in order to be considered eligible for a professional certificate:
- Take and pass the General Knowledge Exam, the Professional Education Exam, and the Subject Area Examination.
- Complete one year of teaching experience while holding a Florida Temporary certificate.
- Complete a Professional Education Competence Program while employed in a Florida public school district OR state-approved private school as a teacher holding a valid temporary certificate.
4. If I am completing my bachelor’s degree and completing the PTO as a minor, when should I apply for certification to the Florida Department of Education?
If you have decided to seek employment as a teacher in Florida following completion of your bachelor’s degree and PTO, you should apply for certification as soon as you can submit an official transcript with conferral of your bachelor’s degree. Please review application requirements and processing timelines at the following link:
You can also call the Florida Department of Education’s Certification Call Center at 800-445-6739 for more information on the application process.