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Alternative Certification
1. I do not meet the subject area requirements for any certification subjects. Can I enroll in an alternative certification program to become eligible for a Temporary Certificate?
No. To enroll in an alternative certification program in Florida, you must have a bachelor’s degree and qualify for a Florida Temporary Certificate. Alternative certification does not provide specific subject content preparation. It instead provides professional pedagogical (teaching) preparation for newly hired educators who already qualify for a Florida Temporary Certificate. To view options for meeting subject area requirements, click here.
2. How do I apply for alternative certification?
All Florida school districts offer an alternative professional pedagogical (teaching)preparation program for newly hired educators. Admission into an alternative certification program is governed by each Florida school district. For more detailed information regarding alternative certification with links to each of Florida’s school districts, please visit the following website: www.altcertflorida.org. Alternately, for information on the American Board's alternative certification option, please visit http://www.abcte.org/teach/florida.
 
Application Process
1. Do I have to indicate a subject on my application or will you determine the subject for me?
You must select the subject(s) for which you are seeking certification. To assist you in making this decision, you may wish to review the certification Subjects Available and the requirements for each subject. You may also wish to consult with certification personnel in your local school district office.
2. Is the CG-10 form the only thing I need to submit to apply for certification?
No. The CG-10 form is just one part of the complete application package.
3. What do you mean by a complete application package?
A complete application package is one that includes:
  1. a CG-10 Application Form with all sections filled out completely,
  2. the Appropriate Processing Fee,
  3. official transcript showing all degrees and credits,
  4. if applicable, copies of the front and back of all teaching certificates you hold from U.S. states, territories, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) with your social security number or Florida DOE# indicated on each page.
4. How long is my application valid?
Your application is valid for one year from the day it is received in the Bureau of Educator Certification. If you do not have a complete application package by the end of the one year period, your application will expire and your nonrefundable fee will be forfeited.
5. Since my application is valid for one year, does it matter when I submit my fee and transcripts?
Yes. Applications are scheduled for processing by their completion date. Only complete application packages are placed in line for processing. The longer you wait to complete your application package, the longer you will have to wait for your application to be processed.
6. If I send additional documents after I submit my CG-10 Application form, will they be placed in my file?
Yes. However, it is extremely important that all of your documents (transcripts, checks, letters, certificates, etc.) include either your social security number or Florida DOE#.

If you do not have a social security number or Florida DOE# include your current name and date of birth on all documents you submit. This information will help ensure the proper placement of each document in your file.

7. When will my application be processed?
Only complete application packages are scheduled for evaluation. Applications are evaluated in date order based upon the date the application package is complete.
8. Will you hold my check until my application is processed?
No. By law we must submit all certification payments to the Florida Comptroller's office within five business days of receipt in our Bureau.
9. Can I apply for more than one subject?
Yes. But, you must submit the Appropriate Processing Fee for each subject or endorsement. You must submit payment in full for your application to be evaluated.
10. What am I paying for when I submit my application processing fee?
  • You are paying for a professional certification specialist to evaluate your documents and determine if you are eligible for the subject(s) for which you applied.
  • The specialist also prepares an Official Statement of Status of Eligibility for each subject. Each statement is valid for three years from the day it is prepared and outlines all remaining requirements for a Temporary and Professional Certificate.
  • Your certificate will be issued during this three year period, IF
    • your statement indicates that you are eligible for a certificate,
    • you are employed as an educator in Florida, and
    • we receive clearance of your fingerprints
  • You are also paying for the ongoing professional support and information provided by our staff.
11. I submitted my official transcript with a prior application. Do I have to resubmit it?
Transcripts previously submitted to the Bureau of Educator Certification are kept on file as part of an applicant's permanent record and generally do not have to be resubmitted. However, if transcripts were submitted many years ago, they may be on microfiche which can deteriorate and become illegible over time. If your file has been inactive for a number of years, it may be to your advantage to resubmit transcripts. Do submit an updated official transcript if you have completed any additional credits or degrees.
12. If I apply online, should I also submit a hardcopy application by mail?
No. Do not submit duplicate applications. This will significantly delay the processing of your application!
13. I earned my degree(s) in a country other than the United States. What do I send to the Bureau when I apply for a certificate?
Please see our section entitled Applicants with Foreign Academic Training for a step by step explanation of how to document your education training.
14. When will I be issued a Florida DOE# and how will I know what number I have been assigned?
Florida DOE # will be assigned to you when you first submit an application to our office. If you apply on our Web site, your Florida DOE# will be shown on the same page that confirms your payment and application were submitted successfully.

Once you have been assigned a Florida DOE# it will be shown on all documents issued to you by our office. You can also view the number by logging in to our Web site and clicking any of the links to review your information or status.

15. Why is my social security number collected and how will it be used?
Collection of your social security number (SSN) is required pursuant to §1012.56, Florida Statutes, for the purpose of promoting the public policy of Florida relating to child support. Your SSN is used by the Department as a unique identifier for maintaining your certification and related personnel records as required under the same statute. Your SSN may be disclosed to the Department of Revenue, as authorized under §1012.21, Florida Statutes, as Florida’s agency for administration of the Title IV-D program of the federal Social Security Act for child support enforcement. Failure to provide your SSN to Educator Certification will prevent issuance of your Florida Educator’s Certificate.
 
Certificates
1. Do I need a certificate to teach in Florida?
You must hold a certificate to teach in Florida's public schools and many private schools
2. Can I download and print a hard copy CG-10 Application Form from the internet?
No. The CG-10 form is specially printed to interact with our computer software. You must either apply online or submit an original hard copy application.
3. What types of Educator Certificates are issued by the State of Florida?
Florida offers two types of Educator Certificates - the Temporary Certificate and the Professional Certificate.
4. What are the requirements for a Temporary Certificate?
To hold a three-year non-renewable Temporary Certificate the applicant must:
  • meet the subject content and GPA requirements for a requested subject,
  • obtain instructional employment in Florida, and
  • obtain fingerprint clearance.
5. What are the requirements for a Professional Certificate?
To hold a five-year renewable Professional Certificate the applicant must:
6. Do I have to hold a Temporary Certificate before I can hold a Professional Certificate?
Not always. Many individuals qualify for the Professional Certificate through Reciprocity.
7. If I apply for a Temporary Certificate and you determine that I am eligible for a Professional Certificate, will I have to reapply?
No. When an application is evaluated, we review all of the documents submitted to our Bureau. Eligibility for the Professional Certificate is stated on the Official Statement of Status of Eligibility, and the Professional Certificate is issued at the time of employment and fingerprint clearance.
8. I have a Temporary Certificate that will be expiring soon. Can I apply for another Temporary Certificate?
No. The Temporary Certificate is not renewable.
9. Do I need to keep my Official Statement of Status of Eligibility after my Temporary Certificate is issued?
Yes. This is a very important document! The Official Statement of Status of Eligibility is the applicant’s blueprint to a Professional Certificate in a specific subject. The statement outlines all remaining Professional Certificate requirements and should be referenced on a regular basis to ensure timely completion of all requirements.
 
Employment
1. Where can I find information about teaching jobs in Florida’s public schools?
Each Florida school district makes decisions locally for employment of teachers. However, Florida has one web site where you can find employment information for all school districts: www.teachinflorida.com. This site includes a wealth of information for teachers and prospective teachers and is a one-stop portal to employment in our teaching force.
2. Do I need a certificate to look for a teaching job?
No. In Florida the Educator Certificate is not issued until instructional employment is obtained.
3. Is the CG-10 Certification Application Form also an employment application?
No. While submitting a CG-10 Certification application and receiving the Official Statement of Status of Eligibility are important steps toward employment, you may also be required to complete an employment application in the Florida school districts of interest to you.
 
Fingerprints
1. How and when do I get my fingerprints processed?

If you are employed as an educator in a Florida public school district or charter school, you must be fingerprinted at the school district office. Many private schools can assist their employees with the fingerprint process.

You will be able to have your fingerprints processed if you are eligible for issuance of a Florida Professional, Temporary or Athletic Coaching Educator’s Certificate as stated by your valid Statement of Status of Eligibility (SOE) from the Bureau of Educator Certification. For more information, please refer to Submitting Fingerprints for Certifications.

2. I have a criminal offense record. Will that delay the issuance of my certificate?
Before any certificate is issued by the Bureau of Educator Certification, your fingerprints must be processed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). If the results of that processing reflect a criminal offense record, the records must be reviewed by Professional Practices Services. Issuance of the certificate is contingent upon the results of that review. Therefore, applicants with a criminal history do have a longer processing time.
 
Reciprocity
1. Does Florida have reciprocity with other states?
Florida offers two Reciprocal Routes to the Professional Certificate for applicants who hold valid standard certificates from other U.S. states, territories, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). You must submit a copy of the front and back of each valid certificate. Be sure to include your social security number or Florida DOE# on each page. You should also carefully document your teaching experience on your CG-10 application form.
 
Testing
1. How do I know if I need to take any certification tests?
Your Official Statement of Status of Eligibility will outline any remaining test requirements. The Bureau of Educator Certification cannot determine which tests you will be required to take until you apply for certification.
2. Where can I find information about test registration and study materials?
Contact the Assessment Center at:
 
Transcripts
1. Where can I obtain a CG-10 Application Form?
  • To apply online (the quickest way to go!) click on the following link: apply online.
  • To apply by mail, visit a Florida school district office or click on the following link: request an application by mail.
  • 2. Are grade reports, photocopies of transcripts, or internet printouts of transcripts acceptable?
    No. Only official transcripts will be evaluated.
    3. Does the college/university have to send my transcript directly to the Bureau of Educator Certification?
    No. Official transcripts may be submitted by you or the university.
    4. I recently completed my bachelor's degree requirements. Can you process my application if my degree is not on my transcript?
    No. We must have an official degreed transcript on file to process your application. Be sure to ask the registrar to send your transcript after your degree has been posted.
    5. Can I fax or e-mail my transcript to you for a preliminary evaluation of my credentials?
    Sorry, we can not provide free evaluations. You must submit a complete application package for us to determine your eligibility for a Certificate.
    6. I earned my degree(s) in a country other than the United States. What do I send to the Bureau when I apply for a certificate?
    Please see our section entitled Applicants with Foreign Academic Training for a step by step explanation of how to document your education training.

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