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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/.

You may call the Application Center at (813) 840-7181 for assistance with your application.

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.
    NOTE: To be considered for PreK-Primary and/or Elementary K-6 positions you must have at least a Bachelor's Degree and pass the General Knowledge and Elementary sbject area exams.
    NOTE: If you are hired with an Agreement to Earn for a subject area exam, you have one year from date of employment to receive a passing score.

  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, o become employed. Having passed at least the Subject Area Exam does make you a more marketable candidate.

How to Obtain the Required Education Coursework: You will need to decide on a Plan of Action to obtain the education coursework required by the state. There are several choices to satisfy the coursework such as:

  • 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.
  • Complete a Masters in the Arts in Teaching (MAT) with an emphasis in the area you want to teach, i.e., you want to teach Social Science your coursework would be specific to Social Science OR
  • Complete an Educator Preparation Program. You can find Community Colleges that provide these programs throughout the State of Florida at www.fldoe.org/cc OR
  • Complete the coursework through the Alternative Certification Program provided the the school districts Professional Development Department.

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



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