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Teacher Certification Requirements

Students meeting all the admission and degree requirements for graduating from a state-approved program are eligible for a 5-Year Professional Teaching Certificate. State regulations do change from time to time, and students majoring in education will be advised of these changes which may affect their eligibility for certification.

The Chair of the Education Department serves as the Director of Teacher Education at Flagler and is responsible for the administration and interpretation of College and State Department of Education policies relative to teacher preparation.

Graduates seeking teacher certification are required by State law to pass the Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE) to receive a 5-Year Professional Level Teaching Certificate. Flagler College requires passing scores on the FTCE before students are assigned to their 16-week internship.

Admission to the Department

Students enrolling at Flagler College who wish to major in education must meet departmental requirements and timelines. 

Admission to the College as an education major does not guarantee admission to the department. Students must earn a score of 1010 (combined) on the SAT or 21 on the ACT to be admitted to the College as an education major. Students who enter Flagler College as freshmen should apply for admission to the education department no later than the end of their fourth semester at Flagler.

For a more-detailed explanation of the admission process to the education department, see the Flagler College Catalog.

Special Fees

An internship fee, currently $300.00, is charged each intern for the semester of student teaching internship. This fee is in addition to regular tuition and is intended to cover the cost of various plans for remuneration of directing teachers.

All students will need the Edthena Video Assessment System if enrolled in methods practicum courses and during their intern semester at Flagler. The Coordinator of Field Experiences and Supervision coordinates this process. One semester costs $114.00 and a full academic year costs $194.00. A full academic year is from Fall to Spring.

Transfer Students

Students who transfer to Flagler after two years of college often cannot complete degree requirements for majors in Education in the standard eight semesters. They should contact the Chairman of the Education Department and request an evaluation of the time necessary to complete their programs before submitting advanced payments to confirm their intentions to enroll.

Transfer students enrolling at Flagler College with an A.A. degree are required to meet the education department's admission requirements within their first two semesters.

Transfer students who have completed an A.A. degree should apply at the end of their first semester of enrollment at Flagler. Students who are not admitted to the Education Department by completion of their fourth semester of college will not be allowed to take any education courses until admission requirements are met. Transfer students are allowed two semesters to meet the Education Department’s admission requirements. If admission requirements are not met after two semesters, students will not be allowed to enroll in Education Department courses, except to repeat a course in which a grade of D or F was earned.

Other Requirements:

Education Certification Academic Standards: To be admitted into the Education program at Flagler College, students are required to earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average by completion of their fourth semester of college, maintain it throughout their degree program, and demonstrate professional environmental skills required of a teacher.

Students who are majoring in any teacher certification program and who fail to meet departmental admissions standards by the end of their 60 credit hours or transfer students who fail to meet departmental admissions standards by the end of their second semester at Flagler will receive guidance from the Education Department to identify an alternative career path option. 

Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCEs)

Required FTCEs vary by program area and are listed below.  For more detailed information go to http://www.fl.nesinc.com/

a    All students are required to pass the General Knowledge exam to be admitted to the Teacher Certification Program. (See Requirements for Admission to the Teacher Education Certification Program for all requirements.)

All  All students are required to pass the FTCE Professional Education Test. Additional Required FTCE Subject Area Examinations (number of subject area examinations depends on program area certification):

  • Art Education – FTCE Art K-12
  • Elementary Education (EEL) major -FTCE Elementary Education K-6
  • Exceptional Student Education (ESE) major – FTCE Exceptional Student Education K-12 
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (EDD) major – FTCE Hearing Impaired K-12  
  • Elementary Education (EEL) major -FTCE Elementary Education K-6
  • Exceptional Student Education (ESE) major – FTCE Exceptional Student Education K-12
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (EDD) major – FTCE Hearing Impaired K-12
  • Secondary Education (SED) English - FTCE English 6-12
  • Secondary Education (SED) Mathematics  -FTCE Mathematics 6-12
  • Secondary Education (SED) Social Science – FTCE Social Science 6-12

If the student is earning a dual degree, all FTCE subject area examinations must be taken for certification. For example, if the student is an EEL/ESE major, both Elementary K-6 and Exceptional Student Education FTCEs must be passed for certification.

Certification Internships: Each semester the Coordinator of Field Experiences schedules a meeting with students who will intern within two semesters. Notices are posted on the education Facebook page alerting students to attend the meeting. Details regarding how to make application for student teaching and the deadline for completing the application are discussed at this mandatory meeting. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for student teaching (EDU 481 or EDD 481) by the announced deadline.

The student teaching internship is the culminating experience for students seeking certification and should be scheduled for the semester immediately preceding graduation. Students must satisfy all the following requirements to qualify for a student teaching internship:

  1. Completion of all courses required in the student’s major. Under certain extenuating circumstances, an exception to this policy may be granted by the Department Chair.
  2. No grade below a C in all education courses.
  3. Passing scores on the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE). This includes General Knowledge, Professional Education, and the Subject Area Exam or Exams appropriate for each student program area.

No student will receive final approval to begin the student certification internship, unless the student has maintained a 2.5 cumulative grade point average,   has passed the Florida Teacher Certification Exams, and has demonstrated professional environment skills required of a teacher.

At this time, students are permitted to intern in school systems in the geographical area where full and part-time Flagler College faculty supervise. This includes the following counties: St. Johns, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Putnam, and Volusia.

An internship fee, currently $300.00, is charged each intern for the semester of student teaching internship. This fee is in addition to regular tuition and is intended to cover the cost of various plans for remuneration of directing teachers.

Education Department Policy on Environmental Skills

Professional Enviroment Skills include dispositions and interactions with faculty, schools, children and peers are vital to teaching success. The focus on dispositions within the education of educators flows from the recognition that teaching and working with learners of all ages, requires not only specific content knowledge and pedagogical skill, but positive attitudes about education, the cultural value of all people, and   meet expected responsibilities as professionals. Some students may not be aware of or have the professional environment skills to work in public school settings or the dispositions to succeed in the education profession. If there is clear evidence and documentation of any disposition issue, the student will be informed and will be expected to work with education faculty to develop an intervention plan. If the disposition problem persists the student will be provided assistance to select an alternative career path that will better support their professional environment skills.

Evidence of appropriate dispositions includes, but are not limited to: positive attitudes, attendance/punctuality, positive communication skills, dependability/reliability, personal initiative, tact and self-control, ability to productively work with others, ability to accept and act on criticism, industry and effort, and adherence to professional dress expectations in school settings.  

Teacher Certification Requirements: Students meeting all the admission and degree requirements for graduating from a state-approved program are eligible for a 5-Year Professional Teaching Certificate. State regulations do change from time to time, and students majoring in education will be advised of these changes which may affect their eligibility for certification.

The Chair of the Education Department serves as the Director of Teacher Education at Flagler and is responsible for the administration and interpretation of College and State Department of Education policies relative to teacher preparation.

Graduates seeking teacher certification are required by State law to pass the Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE) to receive a 5-Year Professional Level Teaching Certificate. Flagler College requires passing scores on the FTCE before students are assigned to their 16-week internship.

Students completing degree requirements must contact their advisor if they have questions related to teacher certification.

State Approved Program: The teacher education programs at Flagler are State Approved, which means the programs meet the standards prescribed by the Florida Department of Education. Therefore, Flagler graduates are eligible to be certified in Florida and in those states which participate in the Interstate Certification Agreement Compact.

General Education Requirements for Teacher Education Majors

General education requirements are listed on the “Degree Requirements Checklists” for each program area. These “Checklists” are available in the Share Point-Public Folders- Advising Manuals and Checklists-Education-Program area. Please be sure to use the checklist identified by year of enrollment in Flagler College. 

Specific requirements for elementary education and special education majors include

  • Twelve (12) semester hours in reading to include at least six (6) semester hours in understanding the reading process, beginning reading instruction, assessment, problem identification and prescription, instruction, and teaching reading across the content areas for primary and intermediate grades leading to a Reading endorsement.
  • Fifteen (15) semester hours of coursework or equivalent in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) which leads to an ESOL endorsement. The hours required address the 25 ESOL Performance Standards and the 5 ESOL areas specified in the certification rule for the ESOL endorsement. The ESOL requirement also applies to English Education majors.