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Subject Area Examinations (SAE)

The Subject Area Examinations (SAE) is one of three tests that compose the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE). Florida law requires that teachers demonstrate mastery of basic skills, professional knowledge, and content area of specialization. Testing requirements for teacher candidates seeking certification are described in 6A-4.0021 Florida Administrative Code (FAC).

SAEs are exams for degreed academic and some vocational subject areas. These exams measure content area knowledge, usually in a multiple-choice format. English 6-12, Middle Grades English 5-9, French K-12, German K-12, and Spanish K-12 also require an essay. Spanish K-12 and French K-12 are administered in a language lab, and German K-12 has an interview. Speech 6-12 has a videotaped portion. Candidates applying for a Professional Certificate and those adding a subject area to a Professional Certificate must pass a subject area exam in the field(s) in which they seek certification.

SAEs are generally given in the morning, with arrival at 8:30 A.M. and departure at about noon. Actual testing time is 2-1/2 hours, except in the case of Elementary Education K-6. The Elementary Education K-6 subject area examination requires all morning and most of the afternoon, with a lunch break in between. It is the only FTCE Subject Area Examination that cannot be combined with the Professional Education Test (PEd) on the same test date.

For more information please contact the Florida Department of Education or MDC School of Education at (305) 237-6203.


CLAST scores for FTCEProspective and returning teacher certification candidates who have taken the CLAST prior to July 1, 2002 and received passing scores on any subtest may request a duplicate CLAST score report via the State’s web portal. Any CLAST subtest not passed by June 30, 2002 will require corresponding subtests from GKT.

SAE Schedule:

InterAmerican Testing By Registration Refer to website: 
Kendall Testing
North Testing
Wolfson Testing


Auxiliary Aids and Modifications

Auxiliary Aids and Modifications:

Under certain circumstances, arrangements for auxiliary aids and modifications are permissible. The College makes every reasonable effort to ensure equal access to educational opportunities and experiences for candidates with documented disabilities. These services can include:

  • Sign language interpreters
  • Adaptive or assistive technology
  • Note takers
  • and more

An ACCESS representative can help eligible candidates identify and arrange for accommodations that ensure success.

For more information visit the following link Requesting Alternative Testing Arrangements.

Instructions for Auxiliary Aids and Modifications:

  1. Candidate sends documentation to test vendor.
  2. Test vendor evaluates the candidate's documentation.
  3. Test vendor determines the candidate's test accommodations.
  4. Test vendor informs candidate of accommodations and schedules test.
  5. Test vendor informs Testing Center of candidate's accommodations and sends test materials for test day.


SAE Please contact the publisher for payment details. Publisher Fees
Note: Testing fees are subject to change.

MDC administers the test at:

InterAmerican Testing
627 SW 27 Avenue
Room 1110
Miami, FL 33135 Map
(305) 237-6041
(305) 237-6207
Kendall Testing
11011 SW 104 Street
Building R, 5th Floor
Miami, FL 33176 Map
(305) 237-2341
(305) 237-0679
North Testing
11380 NW 27 Avenue
Room 1160
Miami, FL 33167 Map
(305) 237-1015
(305) 237-1889
Wolfson Testing
300 NE 2 Avenue
Room 3104
Miami, FL 33132 Map
(305) 237-3011
(305) 237-7622

Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.
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disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or genetic information. Contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs/ADA Coordinator, at 305.237.2577 for information.