• RENEWING A PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE

     

    Requirements for Renewal

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • College level credits used for certificate renewal must be awarded by an accredited or approved institution, or the American Council on Education (ACE), and must be reflected on an official transcript. Click here to  view a list of Florida's accredited state universities and state colleges and community colleges.
    • 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.

    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.  The below listed agencies are approved professional development resources:
      • 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/
      • Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource Service (FDLRS)
        • Offers free in-service credit toward ESE out-of-field and 20-point PDA modules to satisfy Florida renewal credit requirement in teaching students with disabilities (SWD).
        • Modules are designed to assist educators in becoming more proficient in responding to various instructional and behavioral needs of each individual learner in order to maximize acheivement of all students.
        • http://www.fdlrs.org/ 
    • 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.

    Steps to Renew your Professional Certificate

    DCPS Employees

    STEP 1:  You must first establish a new online user account at the following linkClick here.

    1. Click Begin Here for Sign-up to create a new online user account and retrieve your temporary password sent via email.
    2. Enter your User ID and password then click Sign In to access this secure site.
    3. Once successfully signed in, educators will be prompted to complete an Initial Onboarding process to match your account to existing Florida certification records. Your social security number and date of birth are required to complete the onboarding process.
    4. The Quick Start Menu provides you a choice of options available based on your current Florida certification record.

    STEP 2:

    1. You will click "Select" next to the Renewal Application at the top of the page.  For step by step application instructions, click here.
    2. Complete the chosen application by entering your information as requested in each of the application sections.
    3. Collect documentation of appropriate renewal credit. Acceptable documentation of credit includes: SAP in-service record (see school bookkeeper/CRT), official college transcripts, score report, completion certificates, ERO transcript and/or National Board Certificate copy.
    4. Complete DCPS Payroll Deduction Authorization. Click here.
    5. You must upload scanned documentation of renewal credit AND a signed DCPS Payroll Deduction Authorization to this renewal application.  For instructions to upload documents, click here.  **PLEASE NOTE: If renewing using college credit, an official transcript cannot be scanned and uploaded, it must be submitted to the DCPS Certification Office.**
    6. Verify and attest via Affidavit Section that the information you enter is true, accurate, and complete.

    IMPORTANT:  If you are requesting a name change at the time of renewal, you must upload acceptable scanned documentation.  Acceptable documentation includes: Social Security Card, Driver’s License, Marriage License or Divorce Decree

     

    Charter School Employees

    STEP 1:  You must first establish a new online user account at the following linkClick here.

    1. Click Begin Here for Sign-up to create a new online user account and retrieve your temporary password sent via email.
    2. Enter your User ID and password then click Sign In to access this secure site.
    3. Once successfully signed in, educators will be prompted to complete an Initial Onboarding process to match your account to existing Florida certification records. Your social security number and date of birth are required to complete the onboarding process.
    4. The Quick Start Menu provides you a choice of options available based on your current Florida certification record.

    STEP 2:

    1. You will click "Select" next to the Renewal Application at the top of the page.  For step by step application instructions, click here.
    2. Complete the chosen application by entering your information as requested in each of the application sections.
    3. Collect documentation of appropriate renewal credit. Acceptable documentation of credit includes: SAP in-service record (see school bookkeeper/CRT), official college transcripts, score report, completion certificates, ERO transcript and/or National Board Certificate copy.
    4. You must submit a $75.00 processing fee (check or money order made payable to Duval County Public Schools). You are required to include your FLDOE Certificate Number in the memo section.  Payments may be submitted to:

      DCPS Certification Office

      1701 Prudential Drive, Room 337

      Jacksonville, Florida 32207

      ATTN: Certification Office

    5. You must upload scanned documentation of renewal credit to this renewal application.  For instructions to upload documents, click here. **PLEASE NOTE: If renewing using college credit, an official transcript cannot be scanned and uploaded, it must be submitted to the DCPS Certification Office.**
    6. Verify and attest via Affidavit Section that the information you enter is true, accurate, and complete.

    IMPORTANT:  If you are requesting a name change at the time of renewal, you must upload acceptable scanned documentation.  Acceptable documentation includes: Social Security Card, Driver’s License, Marriage License or Divorce Decree