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Phone  (850)599-3123
Fax  (850)561-2793

Department of Secondary Education & Foundations
501 Orr Drive
GEC-C Suite 301
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Welcome to the Department of Secondary Education, Technology Education & Foundations


The Department of Secondary Education, Technology Education and Foundations offers the following state-approved teacher education programs at the secondary level: biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, music, physics, social sciences (history and political science) and technology education.

Undergraduate admission requirements:
  • Students must have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or better in basic general education course component OR a 2.50 GPA from a completed baccalaureate program.
  • Students must have passed the General Knowledge portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) or all sections of the CLAST (exemptions are not applicable for admission into the teacher education programs).
  • Students must meet all “Gordon Rule” requirements.
  • Students must have a grade of “C” or better in the required courses taken as part of the General Education Preparation Program.
  • Students must successfully complete a criminal background check, have proof of medical insurance, liability insurance and a pre-admission interview by the College of Education Admissions Committee.
Degrees Offered:
  • Biology Education
  • Chemistry Education
  • English Education
  • Math Education
  • Music Education
  • Physics Education
  • Social Science Education
  • Technology Education (terminated)
Graduation Requirements:

Undergraduate teacher education candidates must complete all portions of the General Knowledge Test prior to being admitted to the upper division of the Professional Education Unit (PEU), pass the professional Knowledge portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination prior to student teaching and graduation, and successfully complete an “acceptable” electronic portfolio.

Professional Training Option (PTO).

Professional Training Options were developed by the Florida Department of Education as an alternative route designed to offer professional preparation in education for individuals who already hold a degree in a particular subject area or for students working towards an undergraduate degree in a content area. State University System (SUS) Colleges of Education with an approved initial teacher preparation program may offer a Professional Training Option to students completing subject area degrees at their institution. Interested individuals choosing to explore this option as a way for obtaining certification will have received pre-professional level training in the Educator Accomplished Practices and competency two (2) of the reading endorsement upon completion of the PTO. Integrated school based observations and/or participation experiences are associated with these programs.

Contact Info:
Dr. Vanessa Pitts Bannister, Chairperson
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
Voice: (850) 599-3123
Fax: (850) 561-2793
Email: vanessa.pittsbannister@famu.edu