Certificate Types and Requirements
The Florida Department of Education launched its new Educator Certification System on November 20, 2017. Visit EdCert VERSA Conversion for more information.
Florida offers two types of Educator Certificates: the Temporary Certificate and the Professional Certificate.
The Florida Professional Certificate is issued after the individual's results of his/her fingerprint-based background screening 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 should review Step 4: Submitting Fingerprints for Certification and the available fingerprint processing instructions or may 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.
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