South Florida State College’s Corporate and Community Education Department is offering two preparatory courses—in math and English–for the General Knowledge Test (GTK) portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (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 (FAC).

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 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 two GKT preparatory courses offered through SFSC are:

FTCE: General Knowledge, Math (CRN30899), 6 hour course. Students review the mathematics skills and problem solving techniques for the GKT portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam and learn techniques to maximize test results. The cost of the course is $65.  The course is held on Monday, June 6, and Wednesday, June 8, 4-7 p.m., in Room 204, SFSC University Center, Highlands Campus, Avon Park.  The required textbook is: CliffsNotes® FTCE General Knowledge Test Prep 3rd Edition, ISBN-13: 978-0544309883.

FTCE: General Knowledge, English (CRN 30900), 6 hour course. Students will review the grammar rules that will help them pass the English Language Skills portion of the GKT.  The cost of the course is $65.  The course is held Monday, June 13, and Wednesday June 15, 4-7 p.m., in Room 204, SFSC University Center, Highlands Campus, Avon Park. The required textbook is: CliffsNotes® FTCE General Knowledge Test Prep 3rd Edition, ISBN-13: 978-0544309883.

Register for these classes in Building B, at the Highlands Campus or any SFSC campus or center. Registration fees can also be paid over the phone by calling 863-784-7405. 

For more information about the GTK preparatory courses or SFSC’s BSEE program, contact Michele DeVane at 863-784-7174 or Dr. Maday Leon at 863-784-7154.