• RENEWING OR REINSTATING A PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE

    Renewing your Professional Certificate

    •  If you are employed by a school district in Florida, public or charter school, you must complete a district application form for certificate renewal and submit it to the DCPS Certification Office.  The application for renewal can be downloaded here. *Application for Renewal
    • You must:
      • Submit a completed application and $75.00 processing fee (check or money order made payable to Duval County Public Schools).
      • Proof of renewal credit (inservice record, workshop completion certificates, and/or official transcripts) must be submitted with application.  The Duval County Certification Office cannot print your inservice record.  You must provide it with your application.
    • If you are renewing with inservice points earned while employed at a public school, you must contact the public school’s district certification office and request verification of your inservice points be submitted to the FLDOE. 
    • Six (6) semester hours of college credit to include at least one (1) semester hour in teaching students with disabilities (SWD) must be earned during each renewal period to renew your certificate.
    • Renewal requirements must be completed during the validity period of the Professional Certificate to be renewed and prior to expiration of that Professional Certificate.  It is the responsibility of each educator to obtain current information regarding renewal requirements from the employing school district or Bureau of Educator Certification.
    • The application form and appropriate fee must be submitted during the last year of the certificate validity period and prior to the expiration of the Professional Certificate.
    • College level credit awarded for CLEP, DANTES Subject Standardized Test, Excelsior, other examination, life experience, or other method must be reflected on an official transcript from an accredited or approved institution, or the American Council on Education (ACE).
    • College remedial credit is not acceptable.
    • 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.
    • When submitting an application for renewal, a subject may be deleted from the certificate at the request of the certificate holder or due to non-completion of renewal requirements.  However, adding the subject back to the certificate at a later date will require completion of all requirements in effect at the time the new application is submitted. 

     

    Acceptable College Credit Equivalencies for Renewal

    •  Twenty (20) inservice points in an approved Florida master inservice program are equivalent to one (1) semester hour of college credit.
    • 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 exam specific to the coverage to be renewed is equivalent to three (3) semester hours of college credit for renewal purposes.
    • When the certificate includes Exceptional Student Education, Visually Impaired, Hearing Impaired, or Speech-Language Impaired, a passing score on the corresponding Florida subject area exam satisfies the requirement for credit in teaching SWD for a total of three (3) semester hours of renewal credit.
    • An Exceptional Needs Specialist certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards satisfies the requirement for credit in teaching SWD, when the Florida professional certificate includes a subject in instructing students with disabilities.
    • Teaching an appropriate college level course at an accredited or approved institution may be accepted the same as credit earned for taking that course.  The registrar or dean of the college must submit a letter on institutional letterhead. The letter must verify the title, prefix, number, and semester-hour credits of the course taught and the dates when the course was taught.


    Adding a Subject Area or Endorsement to your Professional Certificate

    • Only non-graduate level subjects obtainable by exam and endorsements completed through district inservice (Reading, ESOL, or Gifted) may be added by applying through DCPS Certification Office.  All other additions must be added by applying through the FLDOE at http://fldoe.org/teaching/certification.
    • If you are employed by a school district in Florida, public or charter school, you must complete a district application form for the addition of a subject area or endorsement and submit it to the DCPS Certification Office.  The application for addition may be downloaded here. *Addition Application
    • You must:
      • Submit a completed application and $75.00 processing fee (check or money order made payable to Duval County Public Schools).
      • Submit a score report with passing scores on the appropriate subject area examination OR certificates of completion of all five courses required for the appropriate endorsement to the DCPS Certification Office. 

    Reinstating your Professional Certificate

    • You may apply for reinstatement if you previously held a Florida Professional Certificate requiring at least a Bachelor’s degree, and the certificate is now expired.
    • However, if you currently hold a valid, standard, renewable certificate from another U.S. state or territory or the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), it may be to your advantage to apply for an Initial Professional Certificate for reciprocity, instead of applying for reinstatement.  However, it is recommended you compare your options before beginning the requirements.
    • If you apply for reinstatement and wish to teach while you are completing your reinstatement requirements, you must also be eligible for a Temporary Certificate.  If eligible, this will permit you to hold a Temporary Certificate to teach, while simultaneously completing the requirements for reinstatement of your Professional Certificate. 
    • The application and fee are valid for one year from the day the application is received in the Bureau of Educator Certification (BEC).
    • All reinstatement requirements must be completed prior to the expiration of the application.  For this reason, it is best to apply only when you know requirements have been completed or will be completed within one year of applying.
    • Following receipt of the application, the BEC will prepare an official letter outlining any remaining reinstatement requirements.
    • The following is required for reinstatement:
      • Earn six (6) semester hours of college credit to include at least one (1) semester hour in teaching students with disabilities (SWD).
      • The college credit, or equivalent, must be earned within the five-year period immediately preceding the date your application is received by the BEC and/or prior to the expiration of the application.
      • Credit completed for issuance of the expired professional certificate may not be used to reinstate the certificate.
      • Sixty (60) inservice points in an approved Florida master inservice program are equivalent to three (3) semester hours of college credit.
      • Twenty (20) inservice points in an approved Florida master inservice program are equivalent to one (1) semester hour of college credit.
      • College level credit awarded for CLEP, DANTES Subject Standardized Test, Excelsior, other examination, life experience, or other method must be reflected on an official transcript from an accredited or approved institution (Word), or the American Council on Education (ACE).
      • College remedial credit is not acceptable.
      • 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.
      • Teaching an appropriate college level course at an accredited or approved institution may be accepted the same as credit earned for taking the course. The registrar or dean of the college must submit a letter on institutional letterhead. The letter must verify the title, prefix, number, and semester-hour credits of the course taught and the dates when the course was taught.
      • The passing score(s) must be earned within the five-year period immediately preceding the date your application is received by the BEC and/or prior to the expiration of the application.
      • Subject area examinations completed for issuance of the expired professional certificate may not be used to reinstate the certificate.
    • You are not required to reinstate all subjects from the expired certificate.
    • A subject identified as an "endorsement" on the expired certificate will automatically be reinstated, if the endorsement is still authorized by the Florida State Board of Education, and if an appropriate base coverage is reinstated.
    • Subjects no longer authorized by the Florida State Board of Education may not be reinstated.  See the Florida Subject Area Examination chart for currently authorized subjects/examinations corresponding with subjects that may no longer be authorized.  The reinstated certificate will include the currently authorized subject for which the corresponding subject area examination has been passed.