Exams taken for certification in the State of Florida The FTCE comprises three types of tests: General Knowledge Professional Education Subject Area Exam (s) FTCE Competencies and Skills available online http://www.fldoe.org/asp/ftce/ftcecomp.asp For more information on Florida certification exams http://fcat.fldoe.org/pdf/BriefingBook07web.pdf
Florida Teacher Certification Exams ExamDescription General Knowledge A test of basic skills Professional Education A test of pedagogy and professional practices Subject Area Exams 42 different content area tests including: Elementary Education K-6 Middle Grades Mathematics 5-9 Middle Grades General Science 5-9 Reading K-12 ESOL K-12
Florida Teacher Certification Exams ElementaryMiddle Grade Math Middle Grades Science Middle Grades Math and Science General Knowledge Professional Education Elementary Education K-6 Middle Grades Mathematics 5-9 Middle Grades General Science 5-9 Middle Grades Mathematics 5-9 Reading K-12Middle Grades General Science 5-9 ESOL K-12
General Knowledge (GK) English Language Skills and Essay Mathematics Reading
Professional Education 1.Assessment 2.Communication 3.Continuous Improvement 4.Critical Thinking 5.Diversity 6.Ethics 7.Human Development and Learning 8.Subject Matter 9.Learning Environment 10.Planning 11.Role of the Teacher 12.Technology 13.Foundations of Education* 14.ESOL*
Subject Area Exams Elementary Education K-6 Middle Grades Mathematics 5-9 Middle Grades General Science 5-9 Reading K-12 ESOL K-12
Elementary Education K-6 1.Language Arts 2.Mathematics 3.Social Science 4.Science and Technology 5.Music and Visual Arts 6.Physical Education, and 7.Health (35 Competencies)
Middle Grades Mathematics 5-9 1.Mathematics through problem solving 2.Mathematical representations 3.Mathematics through reasoning 4.Mathematical connections 5.Number sense, concepts, and operations 6.Algebraic thinking 7.Data analysis and probability 8.Geometry and spatial sense 9.Measurement
Middle Grades General Science 5-9 1.Structure and behavior of matter 2.Forces and motion and their relationship 3.Energy and its effects 4.Earth and processes that affect it 5.Space science 6.Processes of life 7.Effects of physical and biological factors on the environment 8. Classroom and laboratory management 9. Process skills and application of scientific inquiry
Reading K-12 1.Theories and underlying assumptions of reading processes 2.Emergent literacy 3.Decoding, encoding, and related reading processes 4.Reading fluency development 5.Reading comprehension 6.Content area reading and learning 7.Literary genres, elements, and interpretations 8.Diverse learners 9.Reading assessments 10.Print and nonprint media 11.Classroom environments that support reading 12.Research 13.Reading program supervision and administration
ESOL K-12 1.Heritage language and English language principles 2.First and second language acquisition theories and classroom applications 3.Sociolinguistic, cultural, ethnic, and sociopolitical issues 4.Curriculum, curriculum materials, and resources 5.Instructional models 6.Instructional methods and strategies 7.Instructional technology 8.Literacy development and classroom application 9.Assessment 10.Exceptional Student Education (ESE) issues related to English Language Learners (ELL) 11. Federal and state mandates
Competencies and Skills Performance Standards and Indicators FEAPs Professional Educator Reading ESOL Subject Area Exam (s) Uniform Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes Sunshine State Standards
Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) 1.Assessment 2.Communication 3.Continuous Improvement 4.Critical Thinking 5.Diversity 6.Ethics 7.Human Development and Learning 8.Knowledge of Subject Matter 9.Learning Environments 10.Planning 11.Role of the Teacher 12.Technology
Uniform Core Curriculum (UCC) 2007 Florida Statutes Title XLVIII Chapter 1004.04(2)(b) Public accountability and state approval for teacher preparation programs The rules to establish uniform core curricula for each state-approved teacher preparation program must include, but are not limited to, a State Board of Education identified foundation in scientifically researched, knowledge-based reading literacy and computational skills acquisition; classroom management; school safety; professional ethics; educational law; human development and learning; and understanding of the Sunshine State Standards content measured by state achievement tests, reading and interpretation of data, and use of data to improve student achievement. Available: http://www.flsenate.gov/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute &Search_String=&URL=Ch1004/SEC04.HTM&Title=->2007->Ch1004- >Section%2004#1004.04 http://www.flsenate.gov/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute &Search_String=&URL=Ch1004/SEC04.HTM&Title=->2007->Ch1004- >Section%2004#1004.04
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) 1.Demonstrate current knowledge of subject matter, learning theories, and cognitive development; 2.Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills across the full spectrum of professional duties 3.Employ critical thinking throughout all aspects of the teaching and learning process 4.Collect, analyze, and apply data for the continuous improvement of teaching and learning 5.Evidence mastery of the ongoing cycle of feedback, reflection, planning, and practice as part of a dynamic, effective learning environment 6.Apply a variety of techniques, methods, and strategies to improve the learning environment and promote student success 7.Use technology appropriately to enhance the learning environment 8.Recognize, value, and accommodate the diverse abilities, backgrounds, and needs of all students 9.Analyze and resolve routine and problematic situations with students, parents, colleagues, and the public through a framework of ethical conduct, law, and professional practices 10.Adopt a commitment to continuous professional development
Sunshine State Standards (SSS) Developed by committees of practicing classroom teachers and curriculum specialists and adopted by the State Board of Education, the Florida Sunshine State Standards (SSS) are broad statements of what students should know and be able to do. Teaching the Sunshine State standards is an important aspect of educational accountability. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test® (FCAT), the foundation of statewide educational assessment and accountability, measures SSS benchmarks in reading, writing, mathematics, and science. High-quality, standards-focused instruction provides students the knowledge and skills needed to be successful on FCAT. For more information on FCAT and the Sunshine State Standards http://fcat.fldoe.org/pdf/BriefingBook07web.pdf
Sunshine State Standards (SSS) Sunshine State Standards menu. Current standards are indicated by blue dots. Gray dots indicate old standards for Language Arts and Mathematics. http://etc.usf.edu/flstandards/sss/index.html Links to new Language Arts and Mathematics standards are below the menu. New Reading/Language Arts standards by grade K-12 http://etc.usf.edu/flstandards/la/index.html New Mathematics content standards by grade (Note: 139 pages, see table of contents before printing) http://www.fldoestem.org/FLDOE_STEM/Florida_Mathematics_Standards.aspx Key word search of Sunshine State Standards by subject area and grade level http://tools.fcit.usf.edu/sss/index.php
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS, PERFORMANCE STANDARDS AND INDICATORS CourseFEAPs Professional Knowledge Elementary Education K-6 Competencies and Skills Reading Indicators ESOL Indicators Uniform Core Curriculum Sunshine State Standards EDE 3301 Elementary School Teaching Practices EDG 3343 Instructional Strategies 2.1 4.1 4.2 4.3 5.2 7.2 7.3 7.4 8.1 8.2 8.3 10.1 10.2 10.3 11.2 12.1 12.3 1.4 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.2 4.2 5.2 7.3 7.4 8.4 8.5 10.1 10.3 11.2 12.2 12.4 2.10 12.1 12.2 -Teaching strategies to meet the needs of diverse student populations -Technology appropriate for the grade
Examples: FEAP (2.1) Professional Education (1.4) Subject Area Exam: Elementary Education (2.10) Reading (3.2) ESOL (1.3)
FEAP Competency and Skill FEAPExample: FEAP 2.1 CompetencyCompetency 2: Communication SkillSkill 1: Identifies and uses appropriate techniques for effective classroom instruction (i.e. listening, modeling/demonstrating, using examples and non- examples, checking for understanding, getting students’ attention, probing, summarizing student comments, set induction, and closure).
Professional Education Competency and Skill Professional EducationExample: Professional Education 1.4 CompetencyCompetency 1: Knowledge of various types of assessment strategies that can be used to determine student levels and needs (Assessment) SkillSkill 4: Identify and sequence learning activities that support study skills and test-taking strategies.
Subject Area Exam Competency and Skill Elementary Education K-6Example: Elementary Education 2.10 CompetencyCompetency 2: Knowledge of reading SkillSkill 10: Identify strategies for developing critical thinking skills (i.e. analysis, synthesis, evaluation).
Reading Competency and Indicator ReadingExample: Reading 3.2 CompetencyCompetency 3: Foundations Assessment IndicatorIndicator 2:Understands the role of assessment in planning instruction to meet student learning needs.
ESOL Performance Standard and Indicator ESOLExample: ESOL 1.3 Performance StandardPerformance Standard 1: Conduct ESOL programs within the parameters, goals, and stipulations of the Florida Consent Decree. IndicatorIndicator 3: Identify major court decisions, legislation, and legal agreements that have affected the education of ELLs.
Competencies and Skills Performance Standards and Indicators FEAPs Competencies/ Skills Professional Education Competencies/ Skills Reading Competencies/ Indicators ESOL Performance Standards/ Indicators Subject Area Exams Competencies/ Skills 12/3813/506/7325/113Elementary Education K-6 35/181 Middle Grades Mathematics 5-9 9/94 Middle Grades General Science 5-9 9/92