The Bureau of Postsecondary Assessment is responsible for all aspects of educator certification examinations, including developing, administering, scoring, and reporting the results for the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) and Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE), as well as assisting with the administration and reporting of several other postsecondary assessments. Services are provided both by staff and through various contracts with assessment vendors.
Assessing Florida's Educators
The implementation of Florida's educator assessments is driven by the goal of increasing the number of highly qualified K-12 teachers and administrators in Florida. All of the assessments are administered under the FTCE or the FELE programs and are required by Florida law (see Sections 1012.55 and 1012.56, Florida Statutes).
- FTCE - Florida Teacher Certification Examinations: The FTCE is administered to educators seeking initial certification in the K-12 system. Educator candidates take one of 39 subject area examinations, as well as the General Knowledge Test and Professional Education Test.
- FELE - Florida Educational Leadership Examination: The FELE is administered to educators seeking initial certification as educational administrators in the K-12 system. Administrator candidates take the FELE as well as the General Knowledge Test and Professional Education Test.
The Florida legislature expanded opportunities for military personnel, veterans, and their spouses or surviving spouses to request a waiver of initial certification and certification examination fees. For more information on this waiver and eligibility requirements, visit the Military Certification Fee Waivers website.
Phil Canto, Bureau Chief
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 414
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400