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The FTCE Professional Comprehensive Series is designed to familiarize professionals with the various areas that will be covered on the FTCE Professional Examination. As a strategic step in becoming state certified; the course is consistent with assisting teachers to accomplish this goal. Beyond providing test-taking strategies, several sample tests are timed during class sessions to give individuals the opportunity to use their strategies and to manage their time for successful completion of the upcoming assessment. It is the combination of: learning time management skills, confidence-building exercises and concept development that make this course an asset to all learners who desire to successfully take this examination.
Each session meets for three hours each week providing 12 contact hours of direct instruction. In between class sessions, the instructor will provide a list of homework exercises to aid the process of mastering the concepts taught in the previous class. After the program is completed, the instructor will be available for a few weeks to answer ongoing inquiries and to provide extra practice questions through e-mail to ensure that all participants receive the ongoing support needed until the date of the examination.
As of 2014, the key competencies for the FTCE Professional Exam have been reduced from 14 to 8 key competencies. The class will focus on understanding and mastering the 8 key competencies on the examination:
Competency #1: Knowledge of Instructional Design and Planning
Competency #2: Knowledge of Appropriate Student-Centered Learning Environments
Competency #3: Knowledge of instructional delivery and facilitation through a comprehensive understanding of subject matter
Competency #4: Knowledge of various types of assessment strategies for determining impact on student learning.
Competency #5: Knowledge of relevant continuous professional improvement
Competency #6: Knowledge of the Code of Ethics and Principles of Professional Conduct of the Education Profession in Florida
Competency #7: Knowledge of research-based practices appropriate for teaching English Language Learners (ELLs)
Competency #8: Knowledge of effective literacy strategies that can be applied across the curriculum to impact student learning
FTCE Professional Exam Information
Visit www.fl.nesinc.com to register for the FTCE Professional Exam
Visit www.fl.doe.org/edcert or call 1-800-445-6739 to find out what is required to become Florida Teacher Certified
Erin Mander is currently the president of a curriculum consulting company that services a number of private institutions in Orange County. She taught in the middle grades for eight years while earning her Masters degree from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. Beyond leading this company, she is in the process of writing her dissertation for her doctoral degree at the University of Central Florida. Her passion is equipping professionals with the tools needed to make a lasting impact on students. She is a state certified teacher in Florida and in Illinois.
Erin is the lead instructor/facilitator of the FTCE General Knowledge, FTCE Professional and FTCE Elementary Education K-6 Review Programs.
Melissa Sorensen is a College of Charleston graduate and National Board Certified Teacher. She taught adult education at the International School in Israel and has been in elementary education for 19 years. She is ESE certified and currently teaches gifted education.
Melissa is the instructor of the FTCE Professional Review Program.
University of Central Florida
Division of Continuing Education
University Tech Center
12565 Research Parkway, Suite 390
Orlando, FL 32826
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Test Preparation Refund and Transfer Policy
All refund requests will be required to follow the Division of Continuing Education refund policy. The transfer policy applies only to the Test Prep review courses in the subject areas of GRE, GMAT, FTCE and ACT/SAT courses. For transfers related to MCAT/PCAT/OAT/DAT or LSAT courses contact our office at 407.882.TEST (8378) as all MCAT/PCAT/OAT/DAT and LSAT course transfers will need to be handled on a case-by-case basis.
UCF Test Prep Administration will approve all transfer requests, and notify the student of the decision and any pertinent information. Instructors do not have the authority to make decisions on this policy. Notification to instructors does not constitute transfer from the class. The required UCF Test Prep Transfer Request Form must be completed and submitted for review. Download Adobe Reader
1. Complete the transfer form: You, the student, must notify the Division of Continuing Education that you wish to transfer from the registered course. Download the transfer form from the UCF Test Prep website. This first step in the process is the most essential. We will consider your transfer request active on the day and time that we physically receive the signed form. Any transfer forms received outside of our regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM will be considered "received" on our next regular business day.
2. Payment: There is a payment required for transferring to another course. A percentage of your registration fee is applied as a credit to the new transfer course. The credit is determined based on how much of the course is remaining, and not on how many classes that you have attended or missed. We determine the remaining time for the course from the point in time we receive the transfer form, not from the time it is dated and signed. Only class times that meet after we receive the transfer form will count as remaining course time.
This credit is applied to the current registration fee of the course being transferred to, and any remaining balance will need to be paid by the student. There is also an additional transfer fee of $50.00 (fifty dollars) that is added to your registration fee. The $50.00 transfer fee is required to be paid regardless of how much the credit is.
Registration Fee Clarification:If you transfer to another course you will be in the same fee category as the class you are transferring from. For example, you may not transfer and switch from the regular Registration rate to the Alumni rate (unless you have graduated prior to taking the new course).
Example of How the Credit is Determined: The amount of your credit is determined by how much of the course is remaining.
Sample:Orlando was taking the 16-hour review course, but after two class meetings Orlando decided that he wants to transfer to the 24 review hour course. Orlando paid $549 for the 16-hour review course, and the 24-hour review course fee is $700. How much will the credit be and how much will he need to pay?
Orlando's class meets for 4 hours each session and there have already been 2 class meetings, so 8 hours of the course have already met, and 8 hours or 50% of the course remains. Orlando will receive a credit for 50% of his $549 registration fee that will be applied toward the $700 registration fee for the transfer course.
After the $274.50 credit is applied, Orlando is left with a $425.50 registration fee. Once the $50.00 transfer fee is applied to the remaining registration fee of $425.50, Orlando will need to pay $475.50 for transferring into the 24-hour review course.
Transfers for LSAT and MCAT/PCAT/OAT/DAT will be handled on a case-by-case basis, please contact our office at 407.882.TEST (8378).
No portion of your registration fee can be applied to another DCE program or transferred to another person.
UCF Test Prep will not refund textbook purchases, nor will we supply the textbook for the transfer course.
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