Initial Florida Educator's Certification
In order to obtain an educator certification from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), make application and payment to the FLDOE at https://flcertify.fldoe.org/datamart/login.do. Official college transcripts are required to be sent directly to the FLDOE for review.
After the FLDOE reviews the application, they will issue a Statement of Eligibility (SOE) indicating if you are eligible or are not eligible for a certificate. Once you receive the SOE indicating you are eligible, you may be hired as a teacher. The SOE outlines requirements for obtaining a temporary and a professional certificate.
Certificate Renewal Information
Six (6) semester hours of college credit to include at least one (1) semester hour in teaching students with disabilities (SWD) must be earned during each renewal period to renew your certificate. Acceptable College Credit Equivalencies for renewal may be viewed on the FLDOE website.
- Renewal requirements must be completed during the last validity period of the Professional Certificate and prior to the expiration of the Professional Certificate. It is the responsibility of each applicant to obtain current information regarding renewal requirements from the employing school district or Bureau of Educator Certification.
- The application form and appropriate fee must be submitted during the last year of the validity period of the certificate and prior to the expiration of the Professional Certificate.
Transferring Professional Development Points
Inservice completed during the validity period of current professional certificates may be transferred between Florida school districts. The process involves communicating with the school district from which points were earned and the Walton County School District Professional Development Department. ESOL, Reading, and SWD in-service points are bankable if earned while holding a valid professional certificate.
Contact Kristy Grey, TSA: Curriculum & Instruction at (850) 892-1100, ext. 1442, or email to [email protected] for PD information.