Professional Certification Requirements

The five-year renewable Professional Educator's Certificate is the standard certificate issued by the State of Florida and the one accepted by other states for reciprocity purposes.

Requirements for the Professional Certificate:

  • Complete the application process
  • Obtain employment and complete the fingerprint requirement
  • Demonstrate mastery of general knowledge Demonstrate mastery of subject area knowledge
  • Demonstrate mastery of professional preparation and education competence

Direct Routes to the Professional Certificate

To qualify for a Professional Certificate through this route, the applicant must:

  • Hold a valid standard certificate from another state.
  • Have earned two years of continuous full-time teaching experience in another state within the five- year period preceding the date of the application for the Florida certificate.
  • Apply for Florida certification in the subject(s) shown on the out of state certificate.