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Statement of Eligibility (SOE) and Teaching Certificates


To qualify for a Temporary Certificate, the state requires individuals to have a GPA of a 2.5 or higher in the major area. If you don’t meet this requirement, you can pursue additional degrees at the post-bachelor level and use the updated GPA from the completed degree.

You will get your professional Certificate once you have completed the program, passed all state required exams and created a FEAPS Portfolio.

Certification varies state to state, so contact each state’s department of education that you are looking to move to verify the reciprocation process. Certification requirements vary state to state. To determine the reciprocation policies and procedures, please contact the state’s department of education.

A Statement of Eligibility is not a certificate. It is lists out all requirements to be issued both a Temporary Certificate and a Professional Certificate. A temporary certificate is the document you receive once you have been hired and hold an Eligible SOE.

If your Statement of Eligibility reflects a ‘Not Eligible’ status, it is recommended that you take your Subject Area Exam, as passing this will aid in eligibility.

The CG-10 is the $75.00 application that you send to the Florida Department of Education to receive your Statement of Eligibility.

Program Costs and Payment


$295 enrollment fee once admitted, gives you access to your training and testing resources. the remaining $2700 is contingent upon you getting hired.

If you start or complete our training and decide teaching is not for you, the remaining balance of the program fee is not due, it is completely contingent upon getting hired.

Please see our pricing guide to get all the pricing information.

All you pay to get started is $295, the remaining balance of $2700 is due once you are hired as the teacher of record with full pay and benefits. It is then paid back through monthly installments.

Our Program and State Exams


The length of the program is up to you! Our online training is self-paced and designed for you to do on your own time, so if you are currently working it’s not a problem at all! Once you have completed your training, you will teach in the classroom while completing your remaining program requirements.

There are 3 State Exams: The General Knowledge Test (GK), Professional Education Test (Ped) and the Subject Area Exam (SAE). The exam costs are not included in the price of the program. You will go through the FTCE to take all state exams.

No, you do not need classroom experience. Our program is designed for all types of candidates, including those who have never stepped inside a classroom.

We have diagnostic exam reviews for the General Knowledge Test and the Professional Education Test. We will also provide you with resources to study for your Subject Area Exam.

During your internship, you are paid as a full-time teacher of record.

The Department of Education issues your Temporary Certificate. Typically, your school of employment will submit a request to the Department of Education on your behalf. We recommend discussing this with your employer to ensure you are issued your certificate in a timely fashion.

Admission


You can start as soon as possible. We offer rolling admissions.

To qualify for a Temporary Certificate, the state requires individuals to have a GPA of a 2.5 or higher in the major area. If you don’t meet this requirement, you can pursue additional degrees at the post-bachelor level and use the updated GPA from the completed degree.

You can send your official transcripts multiple ways. The quickest method to get started is for your university to send electronic officials or to scan official transcripts to transcripts@floridateachers.org.

The Garnishment Waiver is a state-required document. If you provide more than one-half the support for a child or other dependent, all or part of your income is exempt from garnishment under Florida Law. You can waive this protection only by signing this document. To start the program, this document will need to be signed.

The Garnishment Waiver is a state-required document. If you provide more than one-half the support for a child or other dependent, all or part of your income is exempt from garnishment under Florida Law. You can waive this protection only by signing this document. To start the program, this document will need to be signed.

Yes, you will be required to complete a Background Check as part of the admission process. The Background Check is completely free to you.

You need to be either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be admitted.

You will need to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree before starting the program.

Getting Hired


You are eligible to begin looking for a teaching position as soon as you have received a Statement of Eligibility marked ‘Eligible’.

Teachers of Tomorrow is the leading certification program, having more than 42,000 hired teachers since inception.

We have plenty of resources to help guide you through the interview process, including resume review services.

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Florida Teachers can be contacted by phone Monday through Friday 8AM to 5PM at 866-778-3224 or by email at Teach@FloridaTeachers.org.

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Texas Teachers Exempt Countries

Texas Teachers currently recognizes these SBEC-approved countries:
  • American Samoa
  • Angulia
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Austrailia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grand Cayman
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • Nigeria
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Trinidata/ Tobago
  • Turks and Calcos
  • United Kingdom
  • US Pacific Trust