Candidate Empowerment Center
The Candidate Empowerment Center (CEC) offers teacher education candidates academic support and provides assistance in the preparation for the General Knowledge (GK) Test, Professional Education Test (PEd), and Subject Area Examination (SAE) of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) via practice exams, tutoring, and print resources, which help improve the FTCE pass rates.
Our center offers online modules whose test designs help target students’ study needs. Our tutors use the results of these tests to assist students in their preparation. Practice runs of the various examinations are also available so that students have a real-life example of how their test day will be.
Our center is equipped with a computer lab and a resource library. Students enrolled in the College of Education are able, and encouraged, to check-out any of the print resources or receive online access to our tutoring software services to assist them in their test preparation. We also offer tutoring services for Reading, Math, Writing, and English courses.
Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE)
General Knowledge Test (GK)
The General Knowledge Test assesses the competencies, skills, and abilities all beginning teachers need to lead a successful career as an educator. The format of the GK includes 4 subtests: Essay writing, English Language Skills, Reading, and Mathematics. Resource materials for each subtest are available on the FTCE/FELE website.
Fees to take the General Knowledge Test
First Attempt - $130
Retake - $150
Professional Education Test (PEd)
The Professional Education Test is a test of knowledge based on eight (8) competencies: Instructional Design and Planning, Learning Environment, Teaching Strategies, Assessment Strategies, Professional Improvement, Ethics and Professional Conduct, English Language Learners, and Reading and Literacy. Resource materials are available on the FTCE/FELE website. Select Professional Education Test via the drop down menu to access resources.
Fees to take the Professional Education Test
First Attempt - $150
Retake - $170
Subject Area Examinations
The Subject Area Examinations are designed to test for knowledge of subject matter. Test Information Guides for each SAE are available on the FTCE/FELE website. Select the examination via the drop down menu to access test information.
Fees to take the Subject Area Examinations
First Attempt - $200
Retake - see the individual test on the FTCE/FELE website
Note: The Florida Department of Education does not endorse any third-party FTCE/FELE test preparation materials. The Test Information Guides are the only materials the Department recommends.
Available resources in the CEC
CEC is dedicated to the academic and professional success of our teacher education candidates! The center provides several resources, free of cost, which will prepare our students to be the Transformational Professionals they are meant to be.
- Lab is equipped with PCs with Internet, Printers, and Microsoft Office and tutorial software such as ThinkTime, 240 tutoring, Khan Academy and tutor.com;
- General Knowledge Sample Tests, Flashcards, and Study Guides;
- Professional Education Sample Tests, Flashcards, and Study Guides;
- Workshops and Faculty facilitated boot camps- study tips, subject area examination preparation, and small group workshops;
- Tutoring Services in Math, Reading, English and Writing.
University Referral Services
The Candidate Empowerment Center also refers students to the various University student service agencies. Those agencies and their services include:
- University Counseling Services- Inter-personal concerns
- Center for Disability Accessibility and Resources (CeDar)- Learning disabilities
- University Health Center- Health concerns
- Academic Labs-Tutorial and remediation for academic courses
- Career Counseling Center- Career choices, selections, and options.
For more information on the Candidate Empowerment Center, please contact us at 850.412.5613 or visit us at Gore Education Complex, Unit A, Suite 211.
Center Location and Hours
Gore Education Complex, Unit A, Suite 211
Monday through Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Pamela G. Thompson, Ph.D., Director
Florida A&M University
College of Education
Candidate Empowerment Center
Gore Education Center (GEC), Unit A, Suite 211
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