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Certification

The purpose of Florida educator certification is to support the academic achievement of our students by assuring that our educators are professionally qualified for highly effective instruction. Florida educators must be certified to teach within Lake County Schools. Educators include classroom teachers, school administrators, and other support professionals, such as guidance counselors and media specialists. 

Seeking Florida Educator Certification

Steps to Apply for Educator Certification

Click on the following link to obtain the steps to apply for a Florida educator certificate.
 
View our flowchart on the path to Start Your Teaching Journey.
 
For more information on certification exams, or to sign up for an exam, visit: http://fl.nesinc.com
 

Apply for Florida Educator Certification

The purpose of Florida educator certification is to support the academic achievement of our students by assuring that our educators are professionally qualified for highly effective instruction. Florida educators must be certified to teach in our public schools. Educators include classroom teachers, school administrators, and other support professionals, such as guidance counselors and media specialists. 

Click on the following link to obtain the steps to apply for a Florida educator certificate.
FLDOE Online Licensing Service Site

Current Florida Educator Certificate Holders

Pathways to Upgrade from a Temporary to a Professional Certificate

 Florida offers a number of traditional and alternative educator preparation routes that lead to full Professional certification. Some routes are direct pathways to the Professional Certificate. For other routes, the individual first teaches under a Temporary Certificate and then moves to the Professional Certificate. 

An educator who has been teaching under a Temporary Certificate can move to the Professional Certificate with one of these pathways:

  • College Professional Training Option, Teaching Experience, Demonstration of Professional Education Competence in the Classroom, and Passing Florida Certification Examinations
  • Professional Preparation College Courses, Teaching Experience, Demonstration of Professional Education Competence in the Classroom, and Passing Florida Certification Examinations
  • Graduate Degree in a STEM Field; Teach Approved STEM High School Course; Hold 6-12 STEM Certification; Highly Effective Summative Rating Based on Student Performance on AP, IB, AICE or EOC Assessments; and Passing Florida Certification Examinations
Click on the following link to obtain additional information on alternative pathways that
lead to full Professional certification.

Endorsements

Educators who hold a current valid Florida Temporary or Professional certificate may be eligible to add an endorsement. An endorsement is a rider on a Florida certificate with a full subject coverage and denotes a particular expertise in an instructional level or methodology. An endorsement cannot stand alone on a certificate. 

Click the following link to obtain information of required components for various endorsements.
 
Click the following link to obtain information to add an endorsement to a current valid Florida certificate. 
 
Note: Certification requirements are subject to change! To ensure you complete the appropriate requirements to add a subject or endorsement to your certificate, you must first submit a complete application package. FLDOE Educator Certification will provide you with a Statement of Eligibility that officially outlines the requirements you need to complete for that subject.

Renewal of a Valid Professional Certificate

Current Lake County School employees must submit an online application to renew a professional certificate with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) - Bureau of Educator Certification. The FDOE is no longer accepting paper applications.

All educators must create a *NEW* online user account for access to the new VERSA system. Click on the button link below to establish your new VERSA account

Establish your new VERSA account


Renewal Requirements

  • An educator must earn the equivalent of 120 In-service points during the current validity period of the certificate.
  • Twenty (20) of those in-service points must be in an approved ESE Students with Disabilities (SWD) course.
  • Visit www.fl-pda.org for information on approved ESE SWD courses offered by FDLRS. 

Current employees may view their in-service points in Skyward Employee Access by navigating to Employee Info > Personnel > Professional Development.

Methods of Renewal

  • In-service points: 1 hour = 1 in-service point
  • College Classes: 1 semester hour = 20 in-service points
  • Subject Area Exam: 1 passing score = 60 in-service points
  • Teach a College Class: 1 semester hour = 20 in-service points
  • A valid certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards will renew the Florida certificate in the subject shown on the national certificate.                                  

Note: Endorsements do not require renewal.


Steps to Renew an Educator Certificate

  1. Establish your *NEW* Versa account by clicking on the following link, and selecting 'Begin Here for Sign-up'
    Establish your new VERSA Account
  2. Complete the online renewal application.  Make sure you indicate #35-LAKE as your district affiliation. You will NOT need to upload transcripts or in-service records to the renewal application. 
  3. Submit the renewal fee to Human Resources. 

    Application Fee: $75
    Click here to pay for a renewal of a valid professional certificate.
     
  4. Once your certificate renewal application has been processed, you will receive an email from the FDOE that contain a PDF of the renewed certificate.  Certificates are no longer mailed. 

Name Change on Certificate

Login to your VERSA account to update your name on your FDOE Florida Educator Certificate.


Access your VERSA account

From the Quick Start Menu, under 'Manage your license information' choose 'Request Name Change' and click select. Complete the next steps as listed on the application. The FDOE will email you a new certificate once the Name Change application has been processed.