- Submit an application and pay state fees for each subject requested. Apply online or contact the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Educator Certification to have an application mailed to you. Applications may also be obtained from local school district offices.
- Phone: 800.445.6739 - Florida Department of Education
- Submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions as well.
- Submit "Internet Application Supplement" (your notarized signature and a character reference).
- Hold an acceptable bachelor's or higher degree.
- Meet specialization (subject content) requirements as specified in rule in a subject in which Florida offers certification, OR present a passing score earned after July 1, 2002, on the appropriate Florida Subject Area Exam, except in the following areas: Administration of Adult Education; Guidance and Counseling; Educational Leadership; Reading; School Psychologist; and Speech-Language Impaired.
Obtain a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in the "initial certification" subject to be shown on a certificate.
- Hold a valid Official Statement of Status of Eligibility which reflects that subject requirements are met for a Florida certificate.
- Obtain employment in an instructional or administrative position in a Florida public, state-supported, or non-public school which has an approved system for demonstration of Professional Education Competence. Visit the Teach in Florida website for employment information.
Submit fingerprints to employing district or school. Fingerprint report must be submitted by the employer to the Bureau of Educator Certification.
- Satisfy Florida's testing requirements by presenting a passing score on each of the following tests or an approved alternative:
- Florida General Knowledge Test
- Florida Professional Education Test Subject
- Test for each subject shown on the certificate