Routes to Teacher Certification in Florida

The route to earning a Florida Professional Certificate varies according to your background and experience.

Important Changes to Teacher Certification

House Bill 1, signed by Governor DeSantis into law on May 27, 2023, amends several provisions related to s.1012.56, F.S. concerning educator certification. The bill extends the validity period of certain temporary certificates to five years and makes changes to requirements for mastery of general knowledge, subject area knowledge, and professional preparation and education competence. 

Click on the category that best describes YOU to learn about the route to earning your certificate.

Graduate of Initial Teacher Preparation Program in Florida
Graduate of Initial Teacher Preparation Program in Another State
Out-of-State Certified Teacher
Current Teacher in Florida Public School with Florida Temporary Certificate
Florida Teacher Seeking Reinstatement of an Expired Florida Certificate
Certified by the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE)
Certified by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
Non-Education Baccalaureate or Higher Degree Holders (Alternative Route to a Certificate)
Recipient of a Master's Degree in a STEM Field
Non-certificated Instructional Personnel
College Teacher
Military Veteran
Foreign Trained Teacher Candidate