• FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 
     
    • What types of certificates does the State of Florida offer?
      • Three-year Nonrenewable Temporary Certificate
      • Five-year Renewable Professional Certificate
      • Three-year Athletic Coaching (Part-Time)
      • Five-year Athletic Coaching (Part-Time)
    • Does the State of Florida issue emergency certificates?
      • No.  
    • I have a Bachelor’s degree. Can I teach?
      • A Bachelor’s degree alone does not make you eligible for employment. You must have at least a Bachelor’s degree and be eligible for certification in some subject coverage.  If you are eligible for certification, you could be eligible to teach. 
    • Will you accept my transcripts without a degree conferral date?
      • At least a Bachelor’s degree is required to be eligible for certification. As a result, we will not accept a transcript without a degree conferral date.  Two sets of official transcripts are required.  One set must be provided to DCPS for employment and the other set must be provided to FLDOE for certification.  Both sets must reflect a degree conferral date.
    •  What are the routes to becoming eligible for certification?  NOTE: Certification eligibility is required to be considered for hire with DCPS and not necessarily that you already hold the Florida Educator Certificate.
    • If I become eligible for certification by completing the subject area examination, do I still have to complete additional education courses?
      • Yes, if not already completed. You have to complete the professional preparation coursework requirement listed on your Statement of Status of Eligibility. Please do not register for any course work for certification or re-certification that has not been approved by the FLDOE. It is recommended you verify all course work with the FLDOE by calling 1-800-445-6739 with the course prefix and number, title of course, and name of college or university.
    • What are the acceptable degree majors making an individual eligible for certification?
    • Would past legal troubles prevent me from becoming certified?
      • Applicants must meet district guidelines and state statutes for hire and certificate issuance. The Office of Professional Practices Services (PPS) will make this determination regarding certificate issuance.  Any applications or fingerprints reflecting a criminal record will be forwarded to the PPS for review.  A certificate cannot be issued until clearance has been issued by the PPS. For more info, contact the PPS at 1-850-245-0438.
    • Do I have to apply initially for a temporary certificate or can I apply for a professional certificate?
      • You will apply for “initial” certification. The certificate issue by the FLDOE will depend on the requirements completed at the time of certificate issuance.  If all requirements have been completed for the Professional Certificate, you will be issued a Professional Certificate.  If all requirements have not been completed for the Professional Certificate, you will be issued a Temporary Certificate.  Once the requirements for the Professional Certificate are later completed, an application must be submitted for the Professional Certificate.
    • What is the fee for certification?
      • A $75.00 fee is required for each subject area requested.
    • Can I teach a course for which I am not certified?
      • It may be possible to teach a course in which you are not appropriately certified. This is called teaching “out of field.”  It is the goal of DCPS to staff teachers who are infield and highly qualified, at all times. Typically teaching out of field only occurs in critical needs areas, for example, Math, Science and Special Education.  If you are identified as out of field for a subject area,  you have two options: (1) Complete six (6) semester hours of college credit, or the equivalent,  in each subject area in which you are out of field by the determined deadline OR  (2) become infield for the subject by adding it to your Florida Educator Certificate.
    • How long can I teach out of field in a subject area?
      • It will depend on the need of the district and/or the school. It is strongly recommended you become infield as soon as possible.
    • I have been flagged for being out of field in ESOL. What are my requirements?
      • For more information regarding ESOL requirements, click here.
    • Do I need to keep my Official Statement of Status of Eligibility after my Temporary Certificate is issued?
      • This is a very important document.  The Official Statement of Status of Eligibility is your personalized list of requirements to obtain a Professional Certificate in a specific subject.  It outlines all remaining Professional Certificate requirements and should be referenced on a regular basis to ensure timely completion of all requirements.
    • What are the requirements to obtain a Non-Renewable Three Year Temporary Educator Certificate?
      • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
      • Satisfy subject specialization
      • Obtain employment
      • Hiring district submits fingerprints to the FLDOE
    • What are the requirements to obtain a Renewable Five Year Professional Certificate?
      • In addition to the requirements listed above to obtain a Non-Renewable Three Year Temporary Certificate, you must complete the following:
        • Demonstrate mastery of professional preparation. Professional preparation includes 15 semester hours of education coursework.
        • Demonstrate mastery of professional education competence. Education Competence refers to the completion of Induction facilitated by Teacher Support and Development.
        • Satisfy the following testing requirements: General Knowledge Test, Professional Education Test and appropriate subject area examinations.
        • Complete Practical Experience in Teaching.
    • Can I get an extension to my Non-Renewable Three Year Temporary Certificate?
      • Extensions occur in very rare circumstances and may only be granted if the following conditions are met:
        • Applicant must have experienced extreme, extraordinary circumstances beyond his or her control.
        • Applicant must have completed requirements for demonstration of mastery of general knowledge.
        • The Superintendent must seek approval from the Commissioner of Education.
    • Where can I obtain information about the certification examinations?
      • You may register for and obtain information regarding Florida teacher certification examinations by visiting the following link: fl.nesinc.com
    • I have never previously taught and am interested in teaching. Do I have to take any examinations to become certified?
      • Individuals who did not complete a degree in education and have not taken the specified course requirements for the subject area they wish to teach have the option to either pass the subject area exam or complete courses in which they are deficient to become eligible for a Non-Renewable Three Year Temporary Certificate. Taking a subject area exam is the most cost effective route to obtain initial certification and is the route most frequently chosen by those who are entering the teaching field from other areas.
    • What examinations are required for a Professional Certificate?
      • General Knowledge Test
      • Professional Education Test
      • Subject Area Examination
    • How long do I have to complete the examinations?
      • General Knowledge Test – Must be completed within your first year of employment. If your hire date is the first day of school or prior to the first day of school, your deadline to have all portions of the General Knowledge Test is June 30 of the current school year.  If your hire date is after the first day of school, your deadline to have all portions of the General Knowledge Test is June 30 of the following school year. 
      • Professional Education Test – Must be completed during the validity period of your Temporary Certificate. It is recommended you have it passed by no later than March 1 of the year your Temporary Certificate expires.
      • Subject Area Examination - Must be completed during the validity period of your Temporary Certificate. It is recommended you have it passed by no later than March 1 of the year your Temporary Certificate expires.
    • Are there any subject area examinations I cannot take to satisfy specialization requirements for certification eligibility?
      • The testing option is only available to subject areas without an advanced degree as a part of the specialization requirements.  This option is not available for subject areas requiring a Master’s Degree or higher.  Excluded areas include:
        • School Psychologist
        • Reading
        • Guidance and Counseling
        • Educational Leadership
        • Administration of Adult Education
        • Speech-Language Impaired
        • Local Director of Vocational Education
    • Is there any assistance available to prepare for the examinations?
      • Yes, study guides and sample questions are available on the Florida teacher certification exam website: fl.nesinc.com   Additionally, study material can be found at local libraries and bookstores.
    • I lost my score report. Will FLDOE accept a copy?  How can I obtain another score report?
      • The FLDOE only accepts official score reports. The scores are sent directly to the FLDOE from the testing site.  Information to request a duplicate score report can be found at the following link: fl.nesinc.com  
    • When do I apply for the renewal of my Professional Certificate?
      • You may apply for renewal within the last validity year of your Professional Certificate. 
    • What are the requirements for the renewal of my Professional Certificate?
    • What happens if my Professional Certificate expires?
      • If you have completed the necessary requirements during the validity period of your Professional Certificate and your certificate has not been expired for more than (1) year, you may submit an application for renewal to the FLDOE, a $75.00 fee, along with a $30.00 late fee. You may submit the application at the following link:  http://fldoe.org/teaching/certification
      • If you have not completed the necessary requirements during the validity period of your Professional Certificate, you can submit an application for reinstatement to the FLDOE and a $75.00 fee. The requirements for reinstatement include: Six (6) semester hours of college credit, or the equivalent, to include at least one (1) semester hour in teaching students and passing scores on the appropriate subject area examination. You may submit the application at the following link:  http://fldoe.org/teaching/certification