Certification

Florida Educator Certification and Employment with Flagler Schools
Flagler Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student by hiring highly qualified teachers. Flagler Schools serves as liaison with the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) to ensure compliance with state statutes and rules relative to educational certification.

If you are applying for a certification for the first time, you will need to apply on the FLDOE Educator Certification page.

Certification Types and Requirements
The FLDOE offers two types of educator certificates—the Professional Certificate and the Temporary Certificate.

Professional Certificate Requirements
The Florida Professional Certificate is a renewable certificate that 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 that meets the following requirements:
  • Completes a Florida state certification application
  • Holds a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited state institution, or the equivalent from a foreign institution; with a 2.5 GPA in the subject area of initial certification
  • Has passed all Florida state exams, including general knowledge, subject area exam and professional educational
  • Satisfies professional preparation (education courses)
  • Demonstrates professional education competence
For experienced teachers with a non-Florida certificate, a Professional Certificate can be obtained by documenting the following:
  • A valid standard out-of-state teaching certificate
  • Application for Florida certification in the subject(s) shown on the out of state certificate

Temporary Certificate Requirements
The Temporary Certificate is a non-renewable certificate that is valid for three school years (July 1–June 30). An applicant’s eligibility will consist of the following requirements:
  • Completes a Florida state certification application
  • Holds an acceptable bachelor's or higher degree
  • Meets the subject area requirements by degree major or a 2.5 GPA in a course evaluation subject area or earns a passing score  on the appropriate Florida subject area exam, that is no more than 10 years old. except in the following areas:
    • Guidance and Counseling
    • Educational Leadership
    • Reading
    • Schools Psychologist
    • Speech-Language Impaired
Flagler Schools will submit fingerprints processed by FDLE and the FBI, based upon employment in a Florida public, or acceptable nonpublic school. Once a Temporary Certificate has been issued, the requirements for the professional certificate must be completed within three years.


Acceptable Majors for Educator Certification Specialization 
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