Educator Certification

***NEW CERTIFICATION INFORMATION***

Per House Bill 1159 teachers on a Temporary Certificate who have a Master's degree or higher degree from an accredited university do not need to pass the General Knowledge exam effective July 1, 2021.

If you have an advanced degree but have not sent it to the FLDOE, follow the instructions below to do so immediately.

CERTIFICATION TIP

Educators can write their DOE # on an official transcript (every page) before mailing it to the Bureau of Educator Certification at the Florida Dept. of Education (address). The transcript does not have to be sent directly from the university/college but has to be official.

NEW FLORIDA EDUCATORS

Watch this short video to learn how to receive an Educator Certificate!

If you have a bachelor's degree or higher, and are a career changer or just graduated from college or are moving to Florida with a certificate from another state, please review this Certification Checklist to find the steps you need to take towards Florida Educator Certification. Review the FLDOE Account Setup Instructions and then create an account with the Florida Dept. of Education.

  1. If you completed a teacher program through a university, follow these instructions for certification.

  2. If you have a degree major that matches one of these certification subjects, follow these instructions.

  3. If you have a bachelor's degree or higher but the major does not match one of these certification subjects, the FLDOE will review your transcript to determine if you have enough courses in the subject area, otherwise, you will need to pass a Certification Exam in order to be eligible to teach. Once you pass an exam, follow these instructions for certification.

  4. If you have a teaching certificate from another state, please know that Florida has reciprocity with all states. The type of certificate you have from that state will determine if you are eligible for a Professional or Temporary Certificate. When you follow these instructions, you must attach a copy of your out of state certificate to your application.

All first-time Florida educators must send their official college transcripts to the Florida Dept. of Education. Transcripts must be mailed to the FLDOE (address), unless sent electronically through FASTER or SPEEDE. Allow the FLDOE 30 days to process your transcripts from the time they receive them.

If you have a degree from another country, it must be evaluated by an accredited organization to determine its US equivalency, and then the official evaluation should be mailed to the FLDOE.

TEMP to PRO EDUCATORS

If you received a Statement of Eligibility and are eligible for a Temporary certificate, you must be hired to teach in a Florida School District or Charter School. Once hired, the district will request that the FLDOE issue your Temporary certificate. It will be backdated to July 1st of that fiscal year and it will expire on June 30th three years later. During that time you must complete the Process to Upgrade from a Temporary to Professional Certificate.

Complete College Courses for Temp to Pro and sign up for Certification Exams. Unless you enroll in an EPI program through a university, you will be enrolled in the district's Professional Education Competency (PEC) program.

You can find resources to help you prepare for taking exams by reviewing these guides for Certification Exam Prep.

When you have completed all requirements, send an official transcript to the FLDOE and login to your FLDOE account to complete the Upgrade application and pay the fee.

An official transcript must be mailed to the FLDOE (address), unless sent electronically through FASTER or SPEEDE. Allow the FLDOE 30 days to process your transcript from the time they receive it.

RENEWAL of PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE

Florida Educators with a 5-year Professional Certificate must renew their certificate during the last year of the certificate's validity period. To renew your certificate, you need a minimum of 120 in-service points, or the equivalent in college courses or a combination of in-service points and college courses., including the 20 point teaching students with disabilities (SWD) requirement. You can take courses for renewal credit through FDLRS .

Watch these Videos and review these FAQs to learn more about the renewal process.

Once you have enough renewal credit entered into Frontline, login to your FLDOE account and follow the Renewal Application Instructions, and then complete the electronic payment form.  Once you have completed the form you will receive an email that will allow you to make your electronic payment.

Use this Renewal Checklist to help you track your progress towards renewal.

If your certificate expires 6/30/2025 or after and you have one of these subjects on your certificate, you will need to complete the NEW 40 point reading course requirement. This 40 point course is included in the total 120 required renewal points. The course called Exploring Structured Literacy meets this requirement and is offered by the district in partnership with FDLRS twice a year. This course also meets the 20 point SWD requirement (total of 40 points, not 60).

If you retired or resigned from MCSD, click Former MCSD Educators to learn more about renewing your certificate.

ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATE TYPES

Career & Technical Educator Certificate

Are you a career changer who is interested in teaching? We need you!

Please review this Career and Technical Teacher Information to learn more about turning your work experience into an opportunity for students to learn a job skill.

Athletic Coaching Certificate

Do you love coaching? We need you!

In order to be a paid coach, you will need to create an account with the Florida Dept. of Education to apply for an Athletic Coach Certificate and pay the $75 fee.

If interested, contact the Athletic Director at the school site to learn more information about this opportunity.

If you love to coach but don't need to be paid, review the volunteer requirements and contact our Volunteer Services Dept.

ADDITION OF ENDORSEMENTS/ SUBJECTS

Teachers may take courses for the Gifted Endorsement through FDLRS. Emails are sent to instructional staff to let them know when a course is being offered so they can register for it.

MCSD employees may take the ESOL endorsement and Reading endorsement courses through Literacy Solutions.

Review the different ESOL categories and requirements for the ESOL Endorsement and Certification.

Once you have completed the requirements for an endorsement you must add the courses into Frontline as out of district in-service credit, and then login to your FLDOE account and follow these instructions to add the endorsement to your certificate, and complete the electronic payment form.  Once you have completed the form you will receive an email that will allow you to make your electronic payment.

If you want to add a subject to your certificate, you must pass a Certification Exam. Then, login to your FLDOE account and follow these instructions to add the subject to your certificate. If you have a Professional Certificate, complete the electronic payment request form.  Once you have completed the form you will receive an email that will allow you to make your electronic payment.

Review the workflow processes for adding endorsements or subjects to a certificate.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Before emailing or calling the Bureau of Educator Certification at the FLDOE, review these helpful Tips .

  • If you are teaching in an out of field assignment, review this important Out of Field Information. Teachers must become in-field within one year or in-compliance each year until the requirement is complete, except ESOL which has it's own requirements for being out of field and being in-compliance.

For questions regarding certification, contact:

Carole Gray,
HR Technician
1939 SE Federal Highway 
Stuart, FL 34994
772-219-1200 ext. 30218
email: grayc@martinschools.org