FTCE Engineering and Technology Education Study Guide & Practice Test

STEM Teacher Certification in Florida

Florida Teacher Certification Exam or FTCE is required for anyone pursuing a teaching certificate in the sunshine state. It covers general knowledge, professional education content, and specific subject areas. The FTCE Engineering and Technology Education 6-12 Exam is a specific subject area exam and is a requirement for many Florida STEM teachers. So, for aspiring educators wondering how to get STEM certified in Florida, this article will give some insight into an exam that STEM teachers commonly have to take.

The exam is designed to assess the test taker's comprehension of 10 different topics, or competencies, that together represent the foundational knowledge of engineering and technology education. To prepare, candidates will want to be familiar with these competencies, know how to complete FTCE registration and what to expect on test day, and understand the different methods and materials available for study, including taking an FTCE practice test. This process of preparing for and passing the FTCE Engineering and Technology Education exam is an important part of Florida STEM educator certification.

FTCE Engineering and Technology Testing Time

Test takers will have 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the FTCE test. It is recommended that testers arrive thirty minutes before the scheduled test time so the on-site staff can complete a few administrative tasks (e.g., identification checks, and seating) before the exam starts. While candidates may be allowed to take a break during the exam, the clock will keep running, so all told, expect to be at the FTCE testing locations for about 3 hours.

FTCE Engineering and Technology Format

This exam is approximately 100 questions, all multiple-choice. Questions will be of four different varieties: direct questions, sentence completion (or fill-in-the-blank), graphics-based questions, which involve analyzing a drawing or diagram, and scenarios, which present situations that require a diagnosis or prescribed course of action. All questions have four options, A, B, C, and D. The exam is administered on a computer, and test-takers will pass a brief tutorial before starting.

FTCE Engineering and Technology Education 6-12 Exam Components

The exam measures proficiency in 10 broad topics, called competencies. 10% of the exam is devoted to each one of these core competencies. They are as follows:

  • Knowledge of the Nature and Impacts of Technology
  • Knowledge of the Principles of Drafting
  • Knowledge of the Principles of Engineering
  • Knowledge of Energy and Power Technologies
  • Knowledge of Information and Communication Technologies
  • Knowledge of Transportation Technologies
  • Knowledge of Manufacturing Technologies
  • Knowledge of Construction Technologies
  • Knowledge of Laboratory Management and Safety
  • Knowledge of Technology Education, Professional Development, and Standards-Based Instruction and Assessment

Each competency has an associated set of skills. Questions on the exam will assess test-takers' grasp of these skills and, in doing so, allow them to demonstrate their mastery of each competency. Studying these topics is crucial for success in the FTCE Engineering and Technology Education Exam. The next sections of this article will look at each competency and the skills that correspond to it.

Knowledge of the Nature and Impacts of Technology (10%)

Questions relating to this competency may ask candidates to demonstrate their familiarity with modern technologies and their applications, their understanding of how technological changes interact with economic forces, and their comprehension of the practice of sharing technological knowledge between disciplines. Other skills include identifying the applications of biotechnology, and evaluating the impact of historical, social, political and other forces on technology development.

Knowledge of Principles of Drafting (10%)

This competency requires a technical understanding of the practice of drafting, including its applications, standard tools (both traditional and digital), and methods. For example, test-takers may be required to show their familiarity with 3D modeling and CAD software, while also being asked to demonstrate the uses of a T-square. Knowledge of different drafting disciplines, such as architectural or electrical, will also be assessed.

Knowledge of Principles of Engineering (10%)

Questions regarding engineering principles may test for understanding of the design process, product development, and best practices. Other skills for this competency will focus on how data is acquired and used in the engineering process, and how legal and ethical issues affect modern engineers.

Knowledge of Energy and Power Technologies (10%)

This competency covers fundamental principles of electronics and circuit design and knowledge of different energy sources and their impacts on natural and political environments. Aspiring educators may be asked to draw a conclusion about a given circuit diagram, demonstrate an understanding of Ohm's law, or analyze the different applications of analog and digital circuits.

Knowledge of Information and Communication Technologies (10%)

This will require a broad understanding of information technology and the different media used for communication. Questions may test comprehension of radio communication, signal processing, and printing processes. Other skills testers will have to exhibit include classification of different elements and principles of design, and an abstract understanding of the various components of communication systems.

Knowledge of Transportation Technologies (10%)

This requires an understanding of transportation technologies at abstract and specific levels. Test-takers may be asked to identify an appropriate transportation method for a given application, or they may have to demonstrate knowledge of the specific systems of a vehicle (e.g., those of a car). This competency requires an understanding of how economic considerations interplay with the design and implementation of transportation systems.

Knowledge of Manufacturing Technologies (10%)

Questions involving manufacturing technologies will assess the test-takers ability to identify the best application for specific machinery or tools. They may also check for an understanding of different manufacturing processes, materials, and the legal and ethical issues that affect manufacturing considerations.

Knowledge of Construction Technologies (10%)

For construction technologies, test-takers will once again be tasked with identifying common tools and their applications, as well as displaying a knowledge of the different types of construction (e.g., residential, commercial, civil, etc...) and their unique characteristics. Other skills will involve an understanding of the impacts of environmental, governmental, and structural forces on construction.

Knowledge of Laboratory Management and Safety (10%)

This will require an awareness of the practices and safety guidelines that are essential to creating a positive laboratory environment for students. Questions will pertain to fire safety, emergency procedures and OSHA regulations, and standard practices for ensuring the safety of staff and students. Knowledge of laboratory equipment, supplies and inventory maintenance will also be necessary.

Knowledge of Technology Education, Professional Development, and Standards-Based Instruction and Assessment (10%)

This competency asks test-takers to exhibit their understanding of professional education and how pedagogical principles relate specifically to STEM disciplines. It will require individuals to demonstrate knowledge of methods for grading and assessment, approaches to teaching diverse student populations, and programs for professional development. Questions will also measure an examinee's command of the fundamental principles behind STEM education programs.

How to Register for the FTCE Engineering and Technology Education 6-12 Exam

The first step in registering for the exam is navigating to the FTCE website and creating an account. Once candidates have made an account with FTCE/FELE, they will select the correct test, answer a few background questions, and agree to the testing policies (these policies will be discussed in detail below). The FTCE registration requires:

  • A Social Security Number — this will not be shared with any third parties and is used to verify identity
  • Payment — the FTCE test cost is $150, and candidates are required to make sure their payments are on time to avoid any delays in receiving their FTCE scores
  • Agreeing to the reschedule/cancellation policy — if candidates need to reschedule or cancel their exam appointment, they must do so 24 hours before their appointment time. Pearson will refund the test fee if the cancellation is made on time.

Test takers will also be allowed to select an institution (e.g., college or university) or Professional Development Certification Program (PCDP) to receive the FTCE official score report of the candidate automatically. After they have completed this registration process, they will have 1 year to schedule FTCE exam. The FTCE website has a tool that allows users to search for a conveniently located test center. Exams are administered year-round.

FTCE STEM Certification Exam Policies

All examinees will be required to agree to FTCE testing policies when they register for their exams. Candidates should familiarize themselves with these policies to know what to expect from each FTCE test. Here are some of the policies that test takers will have to abide by, including the FTCE retake policy.

On the day of the exam, here are the Florida teacher certification requirements to comply with:

  • Bring 2 forms of identification — one must be government-issued and must have a photo and a signature (e.g, a Driver's License), and the second form must match the first and have either a photo or a signature
  • Observe any testing site rules — this includes prohibitions on smoking/tobacco products and weapons of any kind
  • Place personal items in a provided storage space — personal items include cell phones, audio devices, books, wallets and purses, and food and drink, none of which are allowed in the testing room
  • Arrive on time — any late arrivals on any FTCE test dates will not be admitted to the exam and the FTCE test cost will not be refunded; however, they will be able to reschedule their appointment if they can demonstrate either illness or injury to themselves or a family member, or a death in the family

To retake an FTCE test, candidates must:

  • Wait 31 calendar days if they failed their initial attempt (the 31-day rule), or
  • a full 3 years, if they passed their initial attempt (the 3-year rule)

A couple of other policies to consider:

  • Break policy — aspiring educators will be allowed to take breaks, but the exam time will not stop; so, any time they spend on break will be time they won't be able to spend answering questions
  • Flu/pandemic policy — if a candidate is experiencing symptoms of sickness, they do not report to the test center; they are entitled to the FTCE reschedule test without additional fees and penalties

Scoring the FTCE Engineering and Technology Education 6-12

There are two types of scores for FTCE tests. The raw score is the actual number of questions that were answered correctly out of the approximately 100 questions on the exam. This raw score is converted to a scaled score, which allows every unique version of the Engineering and Technology Education Exam to be compared with each other. The minimum scaled score required to pass this test is 200, which will require the test-taker to answer 75% of the questions correctly. The FTCE official score report will be posted to the candidate's FTCE account within 4 weeks of taking the test. If they did not pass the exam, their score report will include their numeric score and detailed performance analysis that will provide some information (e.g., which FTCE competencies they performed poorly in) to help them study for a potential retake. If they pass, their scores will be sent on to the Florida Department of Education, the Bureau of Educator Certification, and their selected institution or PCDP. Scores may be:

  • Canceled — with the consent of the test taker who must fill out a Score Cancellation Form before leaving the test site
  • Invalidated — if the test taker violates the 31-day rule or 3-year rule, or if the test taker is found to have engaged in cheating

FTCE Engineering and Technology Education Study Guide

When preparing for the FTCE Engineering and Technology test, it is important to review the ten competencies assessed by the exam, and ensure a thorough grasp of the skills required to demonstrate these competencies. Candidates should consider which competencies they are confident in, and which will require more work. Keep in mind, though, that each competency makes up 1/10 of the exam, so the study plan should give them equal weight. The website of FTCE offers an exam information page that explicitly details the competencies, associated skills, and valuable study tips.

FTCE Engineering and Technology Education 6-12 Exam Practice Questions and Test

Taking practice tests can be a great help in preparing for an important exam. An FTCE practice test will give candidates a better understanding of the format, material, and difficulty level to be found on the FTCE test. To prepare themselves for this exam, it's a good idea for prospective educators to take multiple FTCE Engineering and Technology practice tests, review the areas that they struggle in, and adjust their study plan to better prepare for exam day. Practice tests can be found in retail bookstores and public libraries. They are also offered by online test preparation and study aid websites. Taking these web-based practice tests can be a good way to work towards STEM teacher certification online.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long does it take to become STEM certified?

    STEM teachers in Florida must earn a bachelor's degree, which typically takes at least four years. Once you have your bachelor's degree, you can take the FTCE Engineering and Technology as part of your license to teach STEM.

  • How much does STEM certification cost?

    Passing the FTCE Engineering and Technology Education can help you earn a certificate to teach STEM subjects in Florida. The fee for this exam is $150.

  • How do I get certified to teach STEM?

    In order to teach STEM courses in Florida, you must hold a bachelor's degree and pass the required Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (the general knowledge exam as well as the subject appropriate course). For an individual seeking to teach engineering and technology, those tests would be the general knowledge exam and the engineering and technology education exam.

  • What is a STEM certificate?

    A STEM certificate is the certification needed by an educator to teach course in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).

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