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I AM OUT OF FIELD

  • Teachers are identified as out of field based upon their teaching assignment and student enrollment, as required in the Florida Department of Education Course Code Directory.  The FLDOE Course Code Directory can be located at www.fldoe.org.
  • If you have been identified as teaching out of field, you are mandated to complete inservice, college coursework, or the subject area exam (if applicable) in the out of field area, PRIOR to the end of the school year in which you were placed out of field.
  • You must continue to complete out of field training each additional school year you are out of field until you have added the out of field subject to your Florida Educator Certificate.
  • Teaching out of field means you are teaching a course for which the required certification subject is not listed on your Florida Educator Certificate.
  • Appropriate credit must be completed AFTER the first day of your out of field assignment in the current school year. 
  • No credit used for a previous school year’s out of field requirement can be used again for a different school year’s requirement.

 

 Out of field for a subject area

  •  If you are identified as out of field for a subject area you have two options:
    • Complete six (6) semester hours of college credit in each subject area in which you are out of field by the determined deadline OR
    • Become infield for the subject by passing the subject area exam (where appropriate) in the area you are teaching out of field or completing the required college credit for the subject and add the subject to your Florida Educator Certificate. (Please note: If you hold a Professional Certificate, most subjects (excluding endorsements) can be added only by taking the subject area exam and not by completing college credit.
  • If you hold a Temporary Certificate and have education coursework listed on your Statement of Eligibility required to obtain your Professional Certificate, you are advised to complete your education courses first before completing the out of field coursework.  Therefore, six (6) semester hours of education coursework will satisfy the out of field requirement, if completed by the deadline for out of field.
  • If you are out of field in a subject area and out of field in ESOL, you will still be required to complete six (6) semester hours of college credit by the determined deadline.  However, since you are also out of field in ESOL, you are permitted to apply three (3) semester hours of ESOL course work, or the equivalent, towards your six (6) semester hour subject area out of field requirement.  The remaining three (3) semester hours of course work must be taken in the out of field subject area.


 Out of field for ESOL Course (Developmental Language Arts or English through ESOL)

  • Teachers of the following ESOL classes are required to have appropriate ESOL, English, Reading and/or Foreign Language certification and/or credit to be in compliance. 
  • A total of 120 points, 6 semester hours of college credit, an exam, or a combination of options may be required along with an application and fee to add a subject(s). 
  • Completion of one 60-point course is not enough credit to satisfy the out of field requirement.
    • Elementary School Level: 5010010 English for Speakers of Other Languages
    • Middle School Level: 1002000/1002010/1002020 M/J Language Arts 1, 2, and 3 through ESOL; 1002180 Developmental Language Arts; 1002181 Developmental Language Arts (Reading) 
    • High School Level: 1002300/1002305/1002310/1002315/1002320/1002325/1002520/1002525 English 1, 2, 3, and 4 through ESOL; 1002380 Developmental Language Arts through ESOL; 1002381 Developmental Language Arts through ESOL (Reading)

 

Out of field for ESOL due to being assigned a student who is an English Language Learner (ELL) 

(NOTE: See information above this section regarding teaching an ESOL course.  This situation has different requirements)

  • Once a teacher is responsible for the instruction of an ELL, this is the starting date of the ESOL training timeline.
  • There are four ESOL categories, each with their own training requirements. When determining the appropriate category, keep in mind that the teaching assignment, not the area of certification, is the deciding factor.
  • Category 1 – Language Arts Teachers and Reading Teachers Teachers assigned to teach language arts or reading to students.
  • Requirement Options and Application Information
    • Take five district inservice ESOL courses at the rate of one course by June 30th of each school year (60 X 5 = 300 hours) and apply to add the ESOL Endorsement to your Florida Educator Certificate once all five courses are completed.
    • Pass the ESOL K-12 exam and apply to add the ESOL K-12 to your Florida Educator Certificate.  Then, within three years, complete two district ESOL courses, (60 X 2 = 120 hours) if not already completed.
    • Take five designated college courses in ESOL and apply with FLDOE to add the ESOL Endorsement to your Florida Educator Certificate with an official transcript from the college and an application fee.
  • A change in position or course assignment does not excuse you from providing out of field credit.  Once you have been identified as out of field for ESOL, as a Language Arts Teacher or Reading Teacher, you must choose one of these requirement options listed above.
  • Category 2 – Social Studies, Math, Science, Computer Skills
  • Teachers assigned to teach social studies, math, science, and computer skills
  • Requirement Options:
    • Take one district inservice ESOL course.  Any one of the five ESOL courses will meet the training requirements.
    • Take one three (3) semester hour college course in ESOL.
    • You are not required to gain certification in ESOL.
  • Category 3 - Art, Music, Physical Education, Media Specialist, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapist, and Foreign Language
  • Requirement Options:
    • Take one district inservice ESOL course.  Any one of the five ESOL courses will meet the training requirements.
    • Take one three (3) semester hour college course in ESOL.
    • You are not required to gain certification in ESOL.
  • Category 4 – Administrators and Guidance Counselors
  • Requirement Options
    • Take one district inservice ESOL course.  Any one of the five ESOL courses will meet the training requirements.
    • Take one three (3) semester hour college course in ESOL.
    • You are not required to gain certification in ESOL.


ESOL Courses

  •  ESOL Applied Linguistics
  • ESOL Cross Cultural Communication and Understanding
  • ESOL Curriculum and Materials Development
  • ESOL Methods of Teaching
  • ESOL Testing and Evaluation


ESOL Training Brochure


ESOL Coursework Opportunities

  • Beacon Educator
  • North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC)
    • Through the distance learning program in Instructional Services, educators are able to complete all Florida Department of Education category requirements.
    • http://www.nefec.org/events/ 
  • Schultz Center
    • The Schultz Center offers all ESOL courses mandated by the state of Florida to meet the requirements for teachers of ELLs. Courses are delivered online via Blackboard, a web-based course management system, with corresponding assignments submitted to the ESOL certified facilitator.
    • http://www.schultzcenter.org/
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