Step 1: Completing Your Initial Application Package
All completed application packages must have:
- A completed CG-10 application form (More Info?)
- Appropriate processing fee for each subject you request (More Info?)
- Official transcripts showing all degrees and credits (More Info?)
- If applicable, copies of teaching certificate(s) you hold from U.S. states or territories (More Info?)
Your application package cannot be evaluated until it is complete and received in the Bureau of Educator Certification.
Completing the CG-10 Application Form
The CG-10 Application Form may be completed on line via this web site or in hard copy form. At the end of the Steps to Certification, you will be given instructions on how to complete your application online or how to obtain a hard copy application form. If you completed an education program from an institution outside the United States, special information about documenting your educational training will be found under Applicants with Foreign Academic Training.
The CG-10 Application Form includes instructions on the front page. Read and follow these instructions carefully! Applications with blank or improperly completed sections will not be evaluated.
- Do not mark or staple on/over the bar code on the application form.
- Complete the form in blue or black ink or #2 pencil and write legibly.
- If you acknowledge (bubble in "Yes" for) a criminal offense record or sanction on a certificate in questions 27-29, you must provide the details in the boxes provided. If no information is listed to explain an offense or sanction, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be evaluated.
- You must acknowledge all criminal offense records and certificate sanctions on each application you submit, even if you have acknowledged them and they have been reviewed before. This is required in accordance with the Educator Professional Standards of Conduct. Please see Professional Practices Services for more information.
- More frequently asked questions about the application
Submitting the Correct Processing Fee
When you apply for a Florida Educator's Certificate your application package must include appropriate processing fee for each subject or endorsement you request on your CG-10 Application Form. There is a worksheet included with the CG-10 instructions page to assist you with calculating your fee.
- Processing fees are nonrefundable.
- You may submit your payment by cashier's check, personal check or money order.
- Place your social security number or Florida DOE# on your check or money order to ensure proper accounting. If you do not have a U.S. social security number or Florida DOE# then include your date of birth.
- Do not staple your check to the application form. Damage to the application form will significantly delay your processing time.
- If a personal check is returned to us from the bank a fee of $30.00 will be assessed in addition to the amount of the check you submitted. Your application will not be evaluated until all fees have been received.
- More frequently asked questions about the fee
Submitting Official Transcripts
- You must submit an official transcript showing at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited or approved U.S. institution to apply for a certificate. College level credits awarded by the American Council on Education (ACE) are also acceptable.
- If you have earned your degree(s) from outside the United States, you must hold a degree that is determined to be equivalent to a U.S. accredited bachelor's degree. This initial determination of degree equivalency is made by a credential evaluation agency. For step by step information about documenting foreign credentials for certification, visit Applicants with Foreign Academic Training.
- Only official transcripts will be evaluated. Do not send photocopies, grade reports, or internet printouts.
- Send official transcripts from all colleges attended. We cannot provide a complete evaluation without all of your credit and credentials officially documented in your file.
- Be sure that your social security number or Florida DOE# is on each transcript. Some institutions do not display the social security number without a specific request from the student. Therefore, ask the registrar's office when you request transcripts that your social security number be shown on your transcript. You may also write your social security number or Florida DOE# on the document.
- More frequently asked questions about transcripts
Submitting Out-of-State Certificates
If you hold a valid standard certificate from a state other than Florida or a U.S. territory, send in a photocopy of the front and back of your valid certificate with your application form. The certificate photcopy must include:
- a certificate title that clearly designates its stage or level;
- the subject area(a) and endorsement(s);
- the ages and/or instructional grade levels of students for each subject or endorsement;
- the date(s) the certificate is valid; and
- the educator's name and unique identification number.
This documentation must be sufficient for validation of the certificate or license against official records maintained by the state or national issuing authority.
- If your certificate shows any information in code (i.e.: numbers or letters that are not defined on the certificate), send a list of what the codes represent.
- Be sure that your social security number or Florida DOE# is shown on each page you submit.
- Submit all valid certificates that you hold, regardless of whether you have recently taught in that state. We cannot provide a complete evaluation without all of your credentials in your file.
For a review of Florida's reciprocity provisions for certified educators from other states, see our Certified Teacher or Administrator section.