Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE)
Polk County Public Schools offers free assistance for teachers preparing for the FTCE General Knowledge Test.
Throughout the year, the Office of Professional Development schedules face-to-face review classes for the math, English, and essay portions of the FTCE General Knowledge Test. Classes are free for district employees and some charter school participants; the cost for those out of district is $100.
Classes fill up quickly. Watch the district weekly email via theHUB or contact Professional Development for more information.
Information about other ways of documenting General Knowledge can be found on the Florida Department of Education Website
The Florida Department of Education Provides videos with test-taking hints and tricks and advice on how to study/what to study for the FTCE Teacher Exams. You can find those recordings below.
If you require testing accommodations due to a disability visit the link below.
If you are retired or active in the military, you may qualify for financial assistance with certification and testing requirements.
Academy of Leadership
Our professional development department also offers leadership opportunities. Under the Academy of Leadership, we offer the Aspiring Leaders Program, onboarding courses for new Principals and Assistant Principals, and the Principal Internship Program. If you are not staff but would like to participate in the opportunity, click the contact button at the top of the page.
Professional Development for Non-Employees
Persons who are not employees of the Polk County Schools may be eligible to participate in professional learning activities offered by the district through NetConnect. They may also receive in-service credit toward renewal of their Florida professional educator certificate based on successful participation and completion of related follow-up processes.
For information about training events and further development log in to theHUB for Staff.
If you are not currently a staff member but are interested in becoming an administrator or participating in other professional development opportunities, please click the contact button at the top of the page.