Florida Certification

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    The Certification/Incentives Department provides information and assistance on a wide array of certification options such as:

    • Out-of-Field Information
    • Professional Certificate Renewals
    • District-Issued Broward Certificates
    • FTCE Exam Information
    • ESOL Training Requirements
    • And  much more!

     

  • Application Process to Upgrade From a Florida Temporary to a Professional Certificate

    This process is for teachers who hold a Florida (state-issued) temporary certificate and are ready to apply for their renewable, five-year professional certificate.

    Please note that current processing time for applications is sixteen weeks.  Please plan to submit your application in advance to allowing sufficient time for processing and prior to inquiring about the status of your application.  You will be notified should there be an issue with the processing of your application.

    Step 1:

    Apply online to the FLDOE at http://www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification/on-line-application-status-lookup-site.stmlhttp://www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification/on-line-application-status-lookup-site.stml. You will be requesting to upgrade from a temporary to a professional certificate.

    During the application process, you will be required to submit the $75 fee.  Visa and MasterCard are accepted. (This payment MUST be completed with the FLDOE, NOT through the District.) 

    IMPORTANT:  When completing your upgrade application, be sure to list your teaching experience on the application.

    Step 2:

    If you were asked to complete any professional education coursework, mail official transcript(s) showing completion to the FLDOE.

    Step 3:

    Once the FLDOE is in receipt of all of the documentation needed to upgrade to the initial professional certificate, they will send you an email notifying you that your certificate has been issued and is available for you to download.  The FLDOE no longer sends paper certificates.

    Step 4:

    Step 4:  Provide a copy of your certificate to your school’s administration and email a copy to certificationrequests@browardschools.com so your district records can be updated to reflect a certificate valid for the subsequent school year.

     

  • Application Process for Florida Certificate Additions

    The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) has moved to a new application system. All Florida educator certificate applicants will need to create a profile in the new system in order to submit requests for evaluations for additions. The new FLDOE system will enable Florida educator certificate holders and applicants to apply for additions online.  Payment will still be made online through this web site (see payment button at bottom of page) for all application transactions.

    Please note that current processing time for applications is sixteen weeks.  Please plan to submit your application in advance allowing sufficient time for processing and prior to inquiring about the status of your application.  You will be notified should there be an issue with the processing of your application.

    You must use the guide for additions found here to assist you in determining the appropriate steps for your addition request.

  • Application Process for Florida (state-issued) Certificate Renewals

    The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) has moved to a new application system. All Florida educator certificate applicants will need to create a profile in the new system in order to submit requests for evaluations for renewals. The new FLDOE system will enable Florida educator certificate holders and applicants to apply for renewals online.  Payment will still be made online through this web site (see payment button at bottom of page) for all renewals.

    Step 1:

    Apply online to the State at http://www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification/on-line-application-status-lookup-site.stml to complete and submit your application.

    On your first visit, click Begin Here for Sign-up to create a new online user account and complete Initial Onboarding to match your user account to your existing records.  After onboarding, you will be able to log in to your account and select your Renewal application from the top of the Quick Start Menu.

    Before submitting your Renewal application, verify that District Affiliation accurately reflects your primary district employer.  If District Affiliation is incorrect, choose Delete Relation and then Add the correct District Number. The code for Broward is 6. 

    Step 2:

    Pay your renewal fee via the district’s website at https://osp.osmsinc.com/browardfl/.  Select "Departments" from the menu at the top, then select "Certification Applications".

    Step 3:

    Email the payment confirmation page with your personnel number written on it to the Talent Acquisition & Operations (Instructional) Department at Certificationrequests@browardschools.com.  If using in-service points to renew your certificate, do NOT attach a copy of your in-service record. However, if using college courses, submit the official transcripts to Talent Acquisition & Operations (Instructional) at 600 SE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 with your confirmation page. 

    If you do not provide payment confirmation to us, we will not know that you have submitted your renewal application to the State.  Your payment confirmation will alert us that you have an application that needs to be processed.

    Step 4:

    As a reminder, all certificate holders renewing the professional certificate must complete a one semester hour college course or 20 inservice points in “Teaching Students with Disabilities.  Information on obtaining this requirement via the district’s Professional Development Standards & Support Department can be found at https://www.browardschools.com/Page/39318.  The Broward Teacher’s Union also offers opportunities to meet this requirement.  Their information can be found at   http://www.btuonline.com/.  A comprehensive outline of all renewal requirements can be found at http://www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification/renewal-requirements/.

    Step 5:

    In approximately eight weeks, you will receive an email from the Florida Department of Education notifying you that your certificate has been renewed and is available for you to download.  Be sure to check SPAM folder for possible incoming email from the Bureau of Educator Certification.

    Step 6:

    Provide a copy of your certificate to your principal/administrator.

     

  • Application Process for Broward (local-issued) Certificate Renewals

    Application for individuals seeking an initial full-time or part-time district educator certificate in adult education, non-degreed vocational education, or special expertise; and for those renewing, requesting a duplicate certificate, or a name change to a district-issued certificate.  Note: Broward hard copy certificates will no longer be printed effective 1/1/2018.  Access to view your certificate information is available via Employee Self Service (ESS).

    Certificate Type

    Requirements Needed to Renew

    Temporary Hourly
    ABE/GED/ESOL, 
    Adult Academic
    Valid for 5 Years

    Three (3) semester hours of college credit in an area in which you are certified or seeking certification or Adult Education, ESOL, Exceptional Student Education, Foreign Language or Technology (computer related);

    or

    60 in-service points in an approved Florida master in-service program;

    or

    Teaching a college level course at an acceptable institution may be accepted the same as credit earned for that course.

    Temporary
    Hourly Vocational Area 
    Valid for 5 Years

    No renewal requirement

    Full-Time
    Vocational Temporary
    (Non-Renewable)
    Valid for 3 years

    Full-Time
    ROTC Temporary
    (Non-Renewable)
    Valid for 3 years

    Must complete active requirements to move from the Temporary to the Professional Certificate.  Please contact the CTACE office for ACTIVE questions.

     

    Must complete three (3) semester hour college course in Adolescent Psychology

    Full-Time
    Vocational Professional
    Valid for 5 years

    Full-Time ROTC
    Valid for 5 years

    Six (6) semester hours of college credit in an area in which you are certified or seeking certification or Adult Education, ESOL, Exceptional Student Education, Foreign Language or Technology (computer related);

    or

    120 in-service points in an approved Florida master in-service program; 

    or

    Teaching a college level course at an acceptable institution may be accepted the same as credit earned for that course.

     

    Step 1:

    Download and complete a Broward Certificate Application.

    Step 2:

    Pay your renewal fee via the district’s website at https://osp.osmsinc.com/browardfl/.  Select "Departments" from the menu at the top, then select "Certification Applications".

    Step 3:

    Once payment is complete, print the payment confirmation page and attach to your Broward Certificate Application.  Include any official transcripts or licenses, if applicable.  If you are using in-service points to renew your certificate, do NOT attach a copy of your My Learning Plan in-service record

    Step 4:

    Submit the Broward Certificate Application and payment confirmation to the Talent Acquisition & Operations (Instructional) Department via interoffice mail or by U.S. Postal Service to:  Broward County Public Schools, Attn: TAO (Instructional), 600 SE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

  • Alternative Certification

    There are several programs available that will enable current teachers and career-change professionals who did not graduate from a college of education to become fully certified.  View a resource guide that outlines the options and assistance available to you here.

  • Competency Demonstration Checklist

    This form is submitted for a full-time teacher holding a three year temporary certificate issued by the Florida Department of Education and is required according to the individuals Statement of Status of Eligibility (SOE) letter.

    Mastery of Professional Education Competence must be demonstrated either through written verification from the principal that the teacher has mastered the state competencies (for non-education majors) or by graduation from a state-approved education program.
     
    Principals must verify whether or not the teacher has mastered the state competencies by completing the State Competency Demonstration Checklist. The form should be completed by the principal at the conclusion of the teacher’s first year and submitted through the Checklist database (charters are required to submit the Checklist in hard copy). 

    Following is a guide through the CDC process:

    The Principal is the designated official for completing and signing the form.

    Each competency must be reviewed to indicate the method of mastery used.

    Charter schools, contractual agencies, and others receiving services through the district’s certification office, must ensure that the teacher’s full-time date(s) of employment, appropriate contact information including the school name, principal’s name, and phone number have been completed.

    The appropriate box at the bottom of the form must be checked indicating whether or not the teacher mastered all competencies.

    If you are unable to recommend an overall successful mastery of the state competencies, you must communicate with your designated Talent Acquisition and Operations, Instructional Administrator and indicate in writing specifically what the teacher lacks and identify competencies not mastered. It is likely that a Performance Development Plan would have been initiated and is being handled through Employee Relations.

  • Exams

    All FTCE testing is offered in a computer-based format and will be available at Pearson VUE professional testing centers.  Test centers are strategically located throughout the state and examinees will be able to sit for exams seven days a week with morning, afternoon, and evening availabilities.


    For additional information and registration, please go to: www.fl.nesinc.com or contact their customer service center at (413) 256-2893.  Representatives are available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    Note:  The Florida legislature expanded opportunities for military personnel, veterans and their spouses by providing the opportunity to request waivers of certification examination fees for active duty military personnel, honorably discharged veterans and their spouses or surviving spouses. Registration fees for initial attempts on examinations for certification will be waived for educator candidates granted eligibility.  Educator candidates who are eligible to apply for the Military Certification Fees Waiver (MCFW) include:

    • Active duty service members of the U.S. Armed Forces or reserve unit;
    • The spouses of active duty service members of the U.S. Armed Forces or reserve unit;
    • Veterans who were honorably discharged or retired from service as members of the U.S. Armed Forces or reserve units;
    • The spouses of veterans who were honorably discharged or retired from service as members of the U.S. Armed Forces or reserve units; or
    • The surviving spouses of veterans or service members who died while on active duty as members of the U.S. Armed Forces or reserve units.

    To complete a waiver request, the educator candidate is required to submit the waiver request via the Military Certification Fees Waiver site.

    Description of Tests

    Subject Area Examination (SAE) - These exams measure content area knowledge, usually in a multiple-choice format. On July 1, 2002, a statute was passed that allowed for teachers to establish eligibility for an initial Temporary Certificate by taking and passing bachelor-level subject area exams in lieu of taking college coursework. Certification subjects excluded are Guidance, Reading, Speech Language Impaired, Educational Leadership and School Psychologist. These areas also require coursework in addition to the subject area exam.

    If you were placed out-of-field, you can also take a bachelor's level area exam to meet your mandated training requirement. (Please review the study tips at the end of this section - you may find them helpful in preparing for future subject area exams.) Note that you must add the subject area to your Florida educator certificate to no longer be considered out-of-field.

    Professional Education (PED) - This multiple-choice test assesses general knowledge of five content bases: personal development, appropriate student behavior, planning instruction, implementing instruction, and evaluating instruction.

    General Knowledge Test (GK) - The GK is a basic skills achievement test containing four subtests: Math (multiple-choice items), Reading (multiple-choice, passage-based items), English Language Skills (multiple-choice items) and Essay.

    Below are the options for satisfying the General Knowledge exam requirement:

    Pass all subtests (Math, Reading, English, Essay) of the General Knowledge exam. This exam is currently offered through Pearson testing.

    If you have passed one or more subtests of the General Knowledge exam but have not passed all four subtests please note you must pass the remaining subtests in order to comply with state statute requirements. The General Knowledge exam is offered in a computer-based exam administration format. Registration, exam information, and study preparation can be found at: www.fl.nesinc.com.

    OR

    Pass all subtests (Quantitative Reasoning, Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning) of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). The exam is currently offered through Educational Testing Services. The date of the exam must be on or after July 1, 2015, and the exam must be the 2011 version titled "GRE General Test".

    Submit an original score report indicating the score(s) and test date(s) for each of the subtests completed to the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE). Make certain to include your certificate number or FLDOE record number when submitting the score report. The GRE is offered in a computer-based exam administration format. Registration, exam information, and study preparation can be found through Educational Testing Service (ETS)Effective July 2016, ETS will no longer provide mailed copies of official score reports for the GRE. To obtain a score report access your "myGRE" account and print out a copy.

    Additional methods for satisfying the General Knowledge requirement are:

    • A valid, standard certificate from another US state or territory
    • A valid National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certificate
    • A valid Passport to Teaching Certificate from ABCTE
    • Documentation of two semesters full-time, faculty position, college teaching experience 
      • Acceptable documentation of experience must be a letter on college/university letterhead from registrar or dean from the accredited school verifying the following:

        (1) the dates of instructional employment

        (2) at least 2 semesters of full-time or equivalent part-time instructional experience*

        (3) the prefix, number, name and semester hour credits of the courses taught

        *for implementation of the statute only, a quarter term of teaching is equal to a semester term of teaching 

        Experience is acceptable, provided that:

        a. experience was earned in a full-time faculty position for at least two semesters, or in a part-time instructional position with the total experience equivalent to at least two semester of full time teaching and
        b. courses resulted in earned college level credit for the students in at least one course each semester

        The documentation must be sent directly to the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Educator Certification for approval. 

  • The Statement of Status of Eligibility

    What is an Official Statement of Eligibility (SOE)?

    When you send a complete application package to the Bureau or Educator Certification requesting a Florida certificate, your complete package is evaluated to determine your eligibility for a Florida certificate. The result of that determination is sent to you as an Official Statement of Status of Eligibility.

    The Official Statement is valid for three years and has two functions:

    • to officially state that "you are eligible" or "you are not eligible" for a Temporary Certificate or a Professional Certificate in the subject area you requested, and
    • to provide you with a customized list of the requirements you must complete to be issued full state certification in Florida.

    If Your Official Statement Shows that "You Are Eligible" for a Certificate

    1. Your Florida Temporary Certificate is issued when:
      • your Official SOE states that "you are eligible" for at least a Temporary Certificate, and
      • you are employed as a teacher and your fingerprints are processed before your Official SOE expires.
    2. When your certificate is issued, the list of requirements on your Official Statement must be completed before the expiration date of your Temporary Certificate.
    3. If your Official SOE expires before you are employed in a Florida school, you may re-apply for a new evaluation. Your eligibility will be based upon the certification laws and rules in effect at the time your new application is received.

    Steps to Take If "You Are Not Eligible" for a Certificate

    1. You must qualify for at least a Temporary Certificate to be employed as a teacher. If your Official SOE indicates that "you are not eligible" for a Florida certificate, it will provide you with options for completing necessary requirements to become eligible for certification.
    2. When you have completed the requirements listed on your Official SOE for the Temporary Certificate, send official documentation to the Bureau of Educator Certification. Then, your application package will be scheduled for a re-evaluation, and you will receive a "revised" Official SOE indicating that "you are eligible" for a Florida certificate.
    3. Once you receive your Official SOE indicating "you are eligible" for a Temporary Certificate, you may then seek employment in a Florida elementary or secondary school.

  • Students with Disabilities Credit Requirement

    All certificate holders renewing the professional certificate must complete a one semester hour college course or 20 inservice points in “Teaching Students with Disabilities.  Information on obtaining this requirement via the district’s Professional Development Standards & Support Department can be found at https://www.browardschools.com/Page/39318.  The Broward Teacher’s Union also offers opportunities to meet this requirement.  Their information can be found at   http://www.btuonline.com/.  A comprehensive outline of all renewal requirements can be found at http://www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification/renewal-requirements/.

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    Certification Requirements for Paid High School Athletic Coaches

  • Broward (District-Issued) Certificate Requirements

    Broward Vocational Certificates

    A Broward vocational certificate will be issued to teachers who hold at least a high school diploma or the equivalent based on general education development tests approved by the State Board and can document occupational expertise in the vocational area including recency of experience.

    Broward Adjunct Certificates

    A Broward adjunct certificate will be issued to teachers who have expertise in the subject area to be taught. A teacher shall be considered to have expertise in the subject area to be taught if the applicant holds a bachelor's degree or higher from a USDOE-accredited university and demonstrates sufficient subject area mastery through passage of a Florida subject area test in a bachelor-level area of certification.

    NOTE: Only teachers hired to work within the Broward County Public School system will be issued a Broward (district) certificate.  

  • ESE Endorsements

    In an effort to increase the number of highly effective teachers and improve student rates of learning, the Florida Department of Education (DOE) is requiring that selected teachers of students with autism spectrum disorder or prekindergarten children with disabilities have specialized training. Affected teachers will be required to obtain an endorsement corresponding with the population they teach beginning July 1, 2011, if they are unable to document appropriate experience (see below).

    Click here for specific training requirements.

    Visit https://fl-pda.org for information on coursework opportunities. 

    Documenting Experience to Satisfy State Requirements for PreK  Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsements (will not result in endorsement on certificate)

    If employed at a Broward County Public School as a full-time teacher, have administrator complete a letter on official school letterhead documenting the following and submit to the district certification office:  (a) teacher's first and last name, (b) teacher's certification, (c) the number of years of teaching either students with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Prekindergarten Students with Disabilities (must be at least two full years of contracted teaching), and (d) verification that the experience was earned between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2011.

    NOTE: Contracted community agency and charter school employees should maintain documentation in their school's FTE audit file.  Do not send to district certification office.

    Use of Teaching Experience to Waive Coursework for those Adding the Endorsement to their Certificate

    A maximum of two years of appropriate teaching experience to replace up to six semester hours of coursework may be granted; Department of Education will determine if experience is appropriate – not the Broward Certification Office. 

  • ESOL Training General Information

    ESOL training requirements are dictated by the ESOL Training Category your teaching assignment places you in. Note that if you are teaching several subject areas, your category defaults to the ESOL Training Category that requires the more stringent training requirement.

    Please review the list below to determine which training category you are in. Use the links to learn more about ESOL Training Category requirements and deadlines. In addition, please review this chart to obtain information on ESOL training options by Category.

    ESOL Training Categories

    • Category I: Assigned to teach Elementary Education as a classroom teacher, Reading, and/or English/Language Arts
    • Category II: Assigned to teach Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, and/or Computer Literacy
    • Category III: Assigned to teach a subject not covered in Category I or II
    • Category IV: Assigned as a Guidance Counselor or School Administrator

    ESOL Training Requirements - TEMPORARY HOURLY ADULT ESOL TEACHERS

    (Per School Board Policy 4107.2)

    Hold certification in a field that reflects a bachelor’s degree or higher 
    Complete 60 inservice points in ESOL or 3 semester hours college credit in ESOL

    TIMELINE FOR COMPLETING TRAINING REQUIREMENT

    Must complete training within three years from the date of hire.

    Once you complete the above training requirement, please complete the “Broward County Public Schools Verification of Adult ESOL Training Form” and return it to the Certification Office. Once confirmed by Certification, your records in SAP will be updated to reflect this qualification.  (NOTE:  if using inservice points, be sure they have been posted to your inservice record before submitting this form.)

  • Out-of-Field General Information

    If you have been identified as teaching out-of-field, you are mandated to take inservice, college coursework, the subject area exam (if applicable), or document a minimum of 100 points through an Infield Status Rubric (for select subject areas) in the out-of-field area prior to the end of April in the school year in which you were placed out-of-field. You must continue to complete out-of-field training each school year or until you have obtained the required certification.  See particulars below based on your out-of-field teaching assignment.  Note that failure to comply will impact your future placement/assignments up to including non-renewal of your contract.

    Your out-of-field record will remain open until you have added the out-of-field area to your certificate. Parent notification will be required to be sent home to the parents of the affected students.  Once you obtain the certificate reflecting the additional area, be sure to notify certificationrequests@browardschools.com so your out-of-field record in SAP can be closed.  Note: no money is saved by waiting to add a certification area to your certificate when you submit your application for renewal and/or your initial professional certificate.  You are urged to apply immediately for the addition once you have met and can document the subject area requirements.

    For information specific to your out-of-field area please use the "Out-of-Field" link under "Quick Links".

    Print help guide (for non-ESOL out-of-field).

  • Reading Endorsement

    Find more information on Reading Endorsement.

    • Reading Endorsement information can be found on the Department of Literacy web site.
    • Points earned in Reading can be banked during the validity period of a Temporary Certificate and used toward the first renewal of a Professional Certificate as long as the certificates are issued consecutively.  Reading coursework taken within the confines of the college degree can not be banked but can be used towards meeting the requirements for the endorsement.  All Reading points earned during the professional certificate can be banked for subsequent renewal periods.
    • College coursework taken to obtain the Reading Endorsement should be submitted to the Certification Department for input into your inservice record for the express purpose of "banking" them for future use in the renewal of your certificate. Send to Certification - Attention: Reading Endorsement. 
    • The subject area exam in Reading is NOT required if you are obtaining certification in the Reading Endorsement.
    • An application and fee to have the Reading Endorsement added to your certificate should be sent to the Certification Department upon completion of all required coursework/inservice.

  • Reappointment/Termination Prevention

Contact Information

  • Talent Acquisition & Operations - Instructional

    600 SE Third Avenue

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

    Phone: 754-321-2320

    Fax: 754-321-2717

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    Susan Rockelman

    Director