South Florida State College is offering preparatory courses in mathematics and language arts to aspiring teachers for the required General Knowledge Test (GKT) portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE). 

SFSC offers a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree (BSEE) that prepares students to work with children in kindergarten through grade six. Graduates are eligible for Florida certification in K-6 with English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Reading endorsements. One of the prerequisites for entering the program is a mastery of general knowledge, including the ability to read, write, and compute, by passing the GKT of the FTCE. 

The GKT is one of three tests that compose the FTCE. Florida law requires that teachers demonstrate mastery of basic skills, professional knowledge, and a content area of specialization. Testing requirements for teacher candidates seeking certification are described in 6A-4.0021 Florida Administrative Code (FACE). 

The FTCE-GKT Mathematics Test Prep (EDF 1963, CRN 30811) course will meet July 10, 12, 17, and 19, 2-4 p.m., on the SFSC Highlands Campus, Avon Park. Students will have access to online course components, June 19-31.  

The FTCE-GKT Language Arts Test Prep (EDF 1968, CRN 30810) course meets July 24-26, 1-3 p.m. on the SFSC Highlands Campus, Avon Park. Students will have access to online course components, June 19-July 31. 

They are 1 credit hour transfer courses, and the cost of each course is approximately $100. 

Students currently enrolled at SFSC, should register for the FTCE-GKT Mathematics Test Prep course or the FTCE-GKT Language Arts Test Prep course in Building B on the Highlands Campus or at any SFSC campus or center. Those who are not currently enrolled with SFSC will need to apply and be accepted to the college. It is advised that prospective students contact Dr. Maday Leon at 863-784-7154 or Michele DeVane at 863-784-7174 for further information.