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Human Resources, Recruitment,
and Professional Development

Routes to Certification

The four major routes to certification in Florida are summarized below. The Department of Human Resources, Certification Office, will analyze all new teachers' records individually to determine any additional requirements that may impact their certification status.

 

Apply for Florida Certification

 

I. Graduate of an approved Florida Education Program
  • Must have "state approved education program stamp"(NCATE) on official transcripts
  • Must pass ALL tests required for professional certificate
  • NO PEC program required
  • Eligible for Professional Educator's Certificate

 

II. Fast Track
  • A valid standard/Level II educator's certificate issued by another state (that meets DOE eligibility requirements) or valid certificate issued by NBPTS
  • NO PEC
  • NO tests
  • Eligible for Professional Educator's Certificate

 

III. In or Out of State with NO teaching experience
  • May have completed teacher education program from any state
  • May hold temporary or provisional certificate (does NOT meet DOE eligibility requirements for a professional certificate)
  • NO internship or student teaching on transcript
  • NO teaching experience
  • PEC Program required
  • Tests required
  • Eligible for 3 year Temporary Non-Renewable Educator's Certificate

 

IV. Three Year Temporary Non-renewable Educator's Certificate
  • Bachelor's or higher degree with a major in a certifiable subject area from accredited college/university OR
  • Bachelor's or higher degree in any subject area with passing score on subject area exam in area of certification applied for
  • Official transcripts with seal, degree conferral and date
  • 2.5 GPA in area of certification applied for
  • MUST PEC or ACT (during first year of teaching experience)
  • MUST pass all tests required by Florida DOE (MUST pass all portions of the General Knowledge Test in the first year of their teaching assignment or they cannot be rehired, as per statute)
  • MUST meet all other DOE requirements listed on the Official Statement of Status of Eligibility

 

Resources

 

THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT
OPPORTUNITY AND VETERAN'S PREFERENCE EMPLOYER

 

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