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Routes to Become a Teacher

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The route to becoming a teacher requires education and certification. The most critical component is understanding Florida’s specific requirements. While one clear route is available for those just graduating from college, it isn’t the only route. By following your Florida’s alternative certification route, you can become a teacher as part of a career change.


Education The minimal educational requirement for a teacher in all states is a bachelor's degree.

Certification To become a teacher, most states require that you earn a credential in addition to your bachelor's degree.

Teacher Training Programs typically have a pipeline to the school district and in front of hiring principals.

Substitute Teaching is a great way to learn more about the teaching profession, how to be prepared for the classroom, or what school you would like to apply for when you’re ready to apply to HCPS. Learn more about Kelly Services.



Alternative certification programs are offered by colleges and local school partners. They often feature an training, followed by paid employment, with mentoring, coursework and other supports from the college and school district.


Please review the following two websites for information about teacher certification:

www.fl.nesinc.com
For information about testing to obtain a certificate

www.fldoe.org
For information about teacher certification in general

To apply for a position in our district you must fill out the application for employment at https://www.applitrack.com/sdhc/onlineapp/. You may update your application at anytime.

Need official, sealed transcripts with a degree awarded or conferral date must also to be sent to the same address if you have not applied for a Statement of Eligibility with the Florida Department of Education.

Please note - The greatest needs for the upcoming school year are in Elementary Education, Language Arts, Reading, Math, Sciences and Exceptional Student Education (Special Education).

Testing Information
Three tests normally required in Florida are as follows:

  1. Subject Area Exam - You may take more than one Subject Area Exam if you wish.

  2. General Knowledge Exam - Under Florida law, employees must take and pass this test during the first year of their employment.

  3. Professional Educators Test

NOTE: The Florida Department of Education will determine education and/or testing as appropriate.

Please contact the Office of Teacher Recruitment for further information.

Office of Teacher Recruitment
teacher.recruitment@sdhc.k12.fl.us
(813) 840-7167


You can be a teacher in our district as a non-education major. The areas where most positions will be offered for the upcoming school year are as follows: Language Arts, Reading, Math, Sciences and Exceptional Student Education (Special Education).

Please first review the following two websites for information about teacher certification:

www.fl.nesinc.com
For information about testing to obtain a certificate

www.fldoe.org
For information about teacher certification in general

To apply for a position in our district you must fill out the application for employment at https://www.applitrack.com/sdhc/onlineapp/.

Need official, sealed transcripts with a degree awarded or conferral date must also to be sent to the same address if you have not applied for a Statement of Eligibility with the Florida Department of Education.

You may call the Application Center at (813) 840-7181 to update your application if it is not “Active”.

Testing Information

NOTE – The Florida Department of Education does determine which of the three tests as well as any other coursework are required for a particular applicant.

  1. Subject Area Exam - You may take more than one Subject Area Exam if you wish.

  2. General Knowledge Exam - Please note – Current Florida law requires that an individual satisfy this requirement within one year from the date of employment in a Florida public school under the Temporary Certificate.

  3. Professional Educators Test

None of these tests are required for an applicant - who qualifies per his or her degree major - to become employed but having at least the Subject Area Exam passed does make you a more marketable candidate as you interview.

How to Obtain the Required Education Coursework: Next - you need to decide on a Plan of Action to obtain the education coursework required by the state. There are five pathways to obtain the required education coursework:

  1. Education credits through a traditional university or college of education - there are several public and private institutions in the local area where you could attend.

  2. Master degrees in education such as MAT or other graduate education degree programs accepted by the Florida Department of Education.

  3. ACP (Alternative Certification Program) through our school district (you must be a working teacher for our district and attend an information session to participate in this program). Your principal would have to sign the ACP recommendation form provided to you at the information session.

  4. The EPI (Educator Preparation Institute) through Hillsborough Community College; Telephone - 813-253-7983; email: epi@hccfl.edu; website: http://hccfl.edu/epi

  5. An online program at www.abcte.org – you will receive a certificate of completion – valid for the Secondary School settings only in our school district.

NOTE: The Florida Department of Education will determine education and/or testing requirements as appropriate.



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