Information for Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE)
University of Central Florida
Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE)
Social Sciences grade levels 6-12
Student Resource Page
Welcome to the Social Science Education student resource page. This page was created for students seeking information about and resources for the Social Sciences grade levels 6-12 Florida Teacher Certification Examination.
What is the Social Sciences grade levels 6-12 Florida Teacher Certification Examination?
The Social Sciences grade levels 6-12 Florida Teacher Certification Examination is the content exam that certifies prospective 6-12 social studies teachers in the state of Florida. To graduate, all Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Arts students in Social Science Education must pass the content exam (as well as a separate professional exam).
What is on the Social Sciences grade levels 6-12 Florida Teacher Certification Examination?
The content you must know for the certification exam can be seen here. This content is in accordance with the Competencies and Skills, 12th Edition pamphlets available from and endorsed by the Florida Department of Education. For more information in this regard, please see the Florida Department of Education’s FTCE website.
How do I register (or find out information about registering) for the Social Sciences grade levels 6-12 Florida Teacher Certification Examination?
You may register (and find out information about registering) for the exam here. The registration process is a relatively straightforward process.
What materials are available for me to study in preparation for the exam?
Materials available specifically for the Social Sciences grade levels 6-12 FTCE are limited and, at times, unreliable.
The State of Florida has created Test Information Guides for all of the FTCE content tests, including one for the Social Sciences grade levels 6-12. This guide is available here for the price of $5.62. It should be noted, however, that you are essentially getting what you pay for as the guide is quite simplistic.
Other “unofficial” guides have been created. The most popular and readily available of these guides is the XAM FTCE study guide for the Social Sciences 6-12, by Sharon Wynne. If you wish to purchase this guide, Amazon.com has the best prices (direct link to the book on Amazon). It should be noted, however, that this particular guide contains numerous grammatical errors and some factual errors (as reported by myself and those who reviewed the book on Amazon.com).
Another “unofficial” FTCE Social Sciences 6-12 guide will be available in the spring of 2008 from the Research and Education Association. Pre-orders for the guide can be made at the Research and Education Association website or on Amazon.com.
Before spending any money on any type of study guide for the exam, check the UCF Library or the UCF Curriculum and Materials Center to see if either of these venues carries the study guide for which you are looking.