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Certificate Types and Requirements

Florida offers two types of Educator Certificates: the Temporary Certificate and the Professional Certificate.

The Professional Certificate The Temporary Certificate
Valid for five school years Valid for three school years
Renewable Nonrenewable
Florida's highest Educator Certificate Provides time to complete all requirements for a Professional Certificate while teaching full-time
Requirements: Requirements:
Complete all application process requirements Complete all application process requirements
Hold at least a bachelor's degree Hold at least a bachelor's degree
Demonstrate Mastery of Subject Area Knowledge for a requested subject Demonstrate Mastery of Subject Area Knowledge or meet Subject Specialization with a 2.5 GPA for a requested subject
Demonstrate Mastery of General Knowledge  
Demonstrate Mastery of Professional Preparation and Education Competence  
The Florida Professional Certificate is issued after the individual's fingerprints have been cleared. The individual seeking employment in Florida will be assisted in completing the fingerprint process by his/her employer. A U.S. citizen who is not seeking employment in Florida or has an immediate need for issuance of the Professional Certificate can contact the Bureau of Educator Certification for assistance.
Please note: If a U.S. citizen chooses to have his/her fingerprints processed prior to Florida employment for issuance of the Professional Certificate, it may be necessary to have the fingerprints reprocessed, and the individual may have to pay a second processing fee as a condition of employment in a Florida public school.
The Florida Temporary Certificate is issued after the individual is employed in a Florida school and his/her fingerprints have been cleared.

Click on the highlighted links above for a list of options to complete these requirements