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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

FTCE/FELE - Subject Area Exams and Certification Tests

All Florida assessments are administered under the FTCE or the FELE programs and are required by Florida law. 

Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE): The FTCE is administered to educators seeking initial certification in the K-12 system. Educator candidates may take one or more of 39 subject area examinations, as well as the General Knowledge Test and Professional Education Test.

Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE): The FELE is administered to educators seeking initial certification as educational administrators in the K-12 system. Administrator candidates take the FELE as well as the General Knowledge Test and Professional Education Test.

For more information on certification exams, or to sign up for an exam, please visit: www.fl.nesinc.com

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

Reciprocity for Out-of-State Teachers

Florida has two reciprocity routes for certified teachers and administrators to qualify for our Professional Certificate.

Route 1: Valid Standard Certificate Issued by a State Other than Florida
  • The certificate shall be the valid standard educator's certificate issued by that state which is comparable to a Florida Professional Certificate, and
  • Be issued in a subject comparable to a Florida certification subject, and
  • Require the same or higher level of training required for certification in that subject in Florida, and
  • The certificate must be currently valid (not expired or revoked).
Route 2: Certificate Issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
  • The NBPTS certificate must be currently valid.
  • The Florida certificate will reflect the Florida subject considered comparable to the NBPTS subject.
View more information on the reciprocity process by clicking on the following link.

Begin the Process

If you feel you meet the requirements for one of Florida's reciprocity routes, then begin the "Steps to Certification" by clicking on the link below. You will apply for a Florida Professional Certificate in the same subject/s shown on your valid out-of-state or NBPTS certificate

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
Click on the following link to obtain additional information on alternative pathways that
lead to full Professional certification.

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. (Note: choose 'Continue as Guest' when prompted.)

    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.

Florida Educator Certificate Endorsements

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.

ESOL Endorsement

Click the following link for ESOL Endorsement information.
 

During a discussion with the Florida Department of Education it was determined that school districts cannot review college transcripts for the purpose of determining eligibility of an addition of subject areas and/or endorsements.  

Steps to Apply to Add the ESOL Endorsement

Login to your VERSA account to submit an online application.

Access your VERSA account

From the Quick Start Menu application drop down, choose the appropriate application type.

  • If using college courses or a combination of college courses and in-services to apply for the ESOL Endorsement, choose "Addition of Subject to Educator Professional Certificate" and submit the $75 fee directly through the application process.  Please submit an email to Certification@lake.k12.fl.us to request any in-services to be submitted to the Florida Department of Education.
  • If using ONLY in-services to apply for the ESOL Endorsement, choose "Addition of a Endorsement via District Application" and submit the $75 fee directly to Lake County Schools. Click the following to submit the payment online. Certification Addition Payment 

Reading Endorsement

Click the following link for Reading Endorsement information.
 

During a discussion with the Florida Department of Education it was determined that school districts cannot review college transcripts for the purpose of determining eligibility of an addition of subject areas and/or endorsements.  

Steps to Apply to Add the Reading Endorsement

Login to your VERSA account to submit an online application.

Access your VERSA account

  • If using college courses or a combination of college courses and in-services to apply for the Reading Endorsement, from the Quick Start Menu application drop down, choose the application type "Addition of Subject to Educator Professional Certificate". Submit the $75 fee directly through the application process.

Once the application and fee have been submitted to the Florida Department of Education for the addition, the Florida Department of Education will evaluate all transcripts on file and send you a Statement of Eligibility.  This statement will outline any courses from your transcripts that can be used to satisfy components of the Reading Endorsement.  The Statement of Eligibility will last for three (3) years.  During that time frame, if you complete the required courses for Reading Endorsement you DO NOT have to pay an additional $75 to add Reading Endorsement to your certificate. 

  • If using ONLY in-services to apply for the Reading Endorsement, choose "Addition of a Endorsement via District Application" and submit the $75 fee directly to Lake County Schools. Click the following to submit the payment online. Certification Addition Payment