Teacher Professional Development in Florida


The following information is quoted from the Florida Department of Education website.

Florida Certification Requirements


The Professional Certificate:
  • Valid for five school years
  • Renewable
  • Florida's highest Educator Certificate

Requirements:
  • Complete all application process requirements
  • Hold at least a bachelor's degree
  • Demonstrate Mastery of Subject Area Knowledge for a requested subject
  • Demonstrate Mastery of General Knowledge
  • Mastery of Professional Preparation and Education Competence
  • The Florida Professional Certificate is issued after the individual's fingerprints have been cleared. The individual seeking employment in Florida will be assisted in completing the fingerprint process by his/her employer. The individual who is not seeking employment in Florida or has an immediate need for issuance of the Professional Certificate can contact the Bureau of Educator Certification for assistance. The fingerprint-processing fee is $56.25. Please note: If an individual chooses to have his/her fingerprints processed prior to Florida employment for issuance of the Professional Certificate, it may be necessary to have the fingerprints reprocessed, and the individual may have to pay a second processing fee as a condition of employment in a Florida public school.

The Temporary Certificate
  • Valid for three school years
  • Nonrenewable
  • Provides time to complete all requirements for a Professional Certificate while teaching full-time

Requirements:
  • Complete all application process requirements
  • Hold at least a bachelor's degree
  • Demonstrate Mastery of Subject Area Knowledge or meet Subject Specialization with a 2.5 GPA for a requested subject
  • The Florida Temporary Certificate is issued after the individual is employed in a Florida school and his/her fingerprints have been cleared.Florida Educator Certification Renewal Requirments.

Florida Educator Certification Renewal Requirements


  • If you are employed by a public school district in Florida, request a district application form for certificate renewal from your district office and submit the completed application to your employing school district.
  • If you are employed by a private school, or if you are not currently employed as an educator, **apply for renewal online** or **request Application Form CG-10R** and submit the completed application to the Bureau of Educator Certification.
  • Six (6) semester hours of college credit or equivalent must be earned during each renewal period to renew your certificate. See information below for retaining all subjects on your certificate.
  • Renewal requirements must be completed during the last validity period of the Professional Certificate and prior to expiration of the Professional Certificate. It is the responsibility of each applicant to obtain current information regarding renewal requirements from the employing school district, nonpublic school, or Bureau of Educator Certification.
  • The application form and appropriate fee must be submitted during the last year of the validity period of the certificate and prior to the expiration of the Professional Certificate. However, the renewal application may be submitted after expiration of the Professional Certificate if the following criteria are met:(a) Appropriate renewal requirements are completed prior to expiration of the Professional Certificate, and (b) Renewal application form, application fee, and $30.00 late fee are submitted to the Bureau of Educator Certification prior to July 1 of the year following expiration of the certificate.
  • A grade of at least “C” must be earned in each college course used for renewal. A grade of “pass” or “satisfactory” is an acceptable grade.
  • In the event a subject is deleted from the certificate at the request of the certificate holder or due to noncompletion of renewal requirements, all requirements which are in effect when an application is submitted to add the subject to the certificate again must be completed.
  • College level credits used for certificate renewal must be completed at an **accredited or approved institution**. Florida residents may view a list of our state's **accredited colleges and universities** and **accredited community colleges**.
  • College credit awarded for CLEP, DANTES Subject Standardized Test, Excelsior, other examination, life experience, or other method is acceptable for renewal if the credit is reflected on an official transcript by an **accredited or approved institution** and the content of the course is appropriate.

Appropriate Categories for Renewal


The following topics are appropriate for renewing your Professional Certificate.
  • Content specific to the subject area(s)
  • Methods or education strategies specific to the subject area(s)
  • Training related to the goals of the Florida K-20 System, such as: (a) Content - English, economics, mathematics, science, social sciences, foreign languages, humanities, global economy, technology, ecology, first aid, health, or safety; (b) Classroom Strategies - Cooperative learning, problem-solving skills, critical-thinking skills, classroom management, child development, collaboration techniques for working with families, social services, child guidance and counseling, teaching reading, or educational assessments, etc.; (c) School Administration Accountability - Instructional design, leadership skills, school and community relations, school finance, school facilities, school law, or school organization; (d) Vocational and Adult Education Accountability - Adult learning, principles of adult or vocational education, vocational education for students with special needs, or vocational guidance
  • Sixty (60) inservice points in an approved Florida master inservice program are equivalent to three (3) semester hours of college credit
  • A passing numerical score on the **Florida subject area test** specific to the coverage to be renewed is equivalent to three (3) semester hours of college credit for renewal purposes.
  • A valid certificate issued by the **National Board of Professional Teaching Standards** will renew the Florida certificate only in the subject(s) shown on the national certificate.
  • Teaching a college level course at an acceptable institution may be accepted the same as credit earned for that course.

Retention of Subjects


  • Six (6) semester hours of college credit or equivalent must be earned during each renewal period to renew your certificate. See information below for retaining all subjects on your certificate.
  • Retaining One Subject Coverage
At least three (3) semester hours or equivalent must meet the criteria in the section entitled “Appropriate Categories for Renewal.”
  • Retaining Two Subject Coverages
All six (6) semester hours or equivalent must meet the criteria in the section entitled “Appropriate Categories for Renewal” to retain each subject.
  • Retaining More than Two Subject Coverages
You may use two consecutive validity periods to renew all coverages as follows:
  • First Renewal Period
At least three (3) semester hours or equivalent must meet the criteria in the section entitled “Appropriate Categories for Renewal” in at least one subject area on your certificate. This will retain all subjects for the next validity period.
  • Second Renewal Period
Three (3) semester hours or equivalent must be earned for each additional subject you want to retain on your certificate. The credit must meet the criteria in the section entitled “Appropriate Categories for Renewal.” A minimum of six (6) semester hours or equivalent is required to renew the certificate. If you have more than four subjects you want to retain, you must complete more than six (6) semester hours or equivalent during the second validity period

Note: A subject which has not been renewed during two successive validity periods will be deleted from the certificate.

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