Educator Certification

Walton County School District is committed to hiring educators who are certified, qualified and teaching in-field for their respective positions.  Educators are responsible for maintaining a valid Florida or District certificate.  Certain positions allow for professional licensure in lieu of educator certification.  Information concerning Florida Educator Certification can be found at

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  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.

Certificate Renewal Process for Current WCSD Employees

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 for PD information.

Certification Examinations Website

Military Veterans Certification

The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) has a program to assist military veterans with getting a teaching certificate while they are working on completing their bachelor's degree.  Information about the program is located on the FLDOE website at  There is also a link for assistance at

 If the veteran already has a bachelor's degree or above, an abundance of information can be found at to assist with the application process.

 Information is also located on the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) website about the Troops to Teachers program at

Adjunct Teachers

Schools recommend teachers in grades K-12 based on the needs and available funding.  Recommended candidates must have completed an online Instructional Application and hold a valid Florida Teaching Certificate and/or be eligible for an adjunct certificate.  To be eligible for an adjunct certificate you must have a bachelor's degree or higher and provide a passing score on the Florida subject area exam in the area you are providing instruction.