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Professional Certification Requirements

‚ÄčThe Florida Professional Certificate is valid for five school years (July 1 - June 30) and must be renewed every five years. The Professional Certificate is issued to an applicant who meets all of the following:   

  • Completes both a District and Florida State Certification application.
  • Holds a bachelor's or higher degree from an acceptable US institution, or the equivalent degree from a foreign institution;
  • Earns a 2.5 GPA in the subject area of initial certification;  
  • District submits fingerprints processed by FDLE and the FBI (including clearance from the Bureau of Educator Standards if required);
  • Satisfies professional preparation (education courses);
  • Demonstrates professional education competence (VCS TIPS Program);
  • Submits passing scores on the following Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE): 
    •     Basic skills knowledge      
    •     Professional education knowledge     
    •     Subject knowledge in each area shown on the   certificate 

For experienced teachers with non-Florida certificates, a Professional Certificate may be obtained by documenting the following:
  • Hold a valid standard teaching certificate from another state;
  • Apply for Florida certification in the subject(s) shown on the out of state certificate.
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