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General Certification Requirements

General Knowledge

You may demonstrate mastery of General Knowledge by any one of the following:

  • Achievement of a passing score on the Florida General Knowledge Test earned no more than ten (10) years prior to the date of application
  • A valid standard teaching certificate issued by a US state or territory
  • A valid certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards or the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence
  • Completion of two (2) semesters of full-time college teaching experience or the equivalent in part-time college teaching experience
  • Effective for tests administered on or after July 1, 2015, achievement of passing scores, as identified in Rule 6A-4.0021(12), F.A.C., on test sections of the GREĀ® revised General Test
    • GRE Analytical Writing combined score of 4 out of 6 acceptable for GK Essay
    • GRE Quantitative Reasoning scaled score of 147 acceptable for GK Mathematics
    • GRE Verbal Reasoning scaled score of 151 acceptable for both GK English Language Skills and GK Reading
  • Documentation of a master's or higher degree on an official transcript or credential evaluation from an accredited institution (effective July 01, 2021).

During the 2014 Legislative Session, the passage of House Bill 433 amended s. 1012.56, FS, to eliminate the obsolete option of achieving a passing score on the CLAST earned prior to July 1, 2002, to satisfy the general knowledge requirement. To be accepted, passing scores on examinations or tests adopted or approved for educator certification, including the Florida General Knowledge Test or the GREĀ® revised General Test, must be earned no more than ten (10) years prior to the date of application.