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Name ________________________

Social Security # ________________________

School ________________________

Position ________________________

(subject and grade level)

IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

I have received Osceola District Schools’ Certification Handbook to use as a resource for questions I may have about the Florida Educator’s Certification process. This handbook is based on current certification laws. The laws are subject to change on July 1 each year.

I understand that it is my responsibility to complete all of the requirements for my teaching certificate and that the services provided by the Osceola District Schools’ Certification Office DO NOT relieve me of meeting certification requirements. It is my responsibility to complete ALL requirements as outlined on the Florida Department of Education Official Statement of Status of Eligibility that has been (or will be) sent to the home address listed on my application for certification.

For teachers who do not hold a five year renewable professional certificate:

I understand that I have one year from my start date as a teacher (even if the start date was in another Florida school district) to satisfy the General Knowledge requirement by one of the methods outlined in

my Certification Handbook. I UNDERSTAND THAT I CANNOT BE REAPPOINTED FOR THE

FOLLOWING SCHOOL YEAR UNTIL THE PASSING SCORES FOR ALL SECTIONS OF THE GENERAL KNOWLEDGE EXAM ARE ON FILE.

For all teachers at an elementary school:

I understand that I must satisfy the subject knowledge requirement immediately by either providing the appropriate passing Florida subject area exam score, or a copy of a valid standard certificate from another U.S. state or territory in a subject considered comparable to a subject issued in Florida. The Florida Teacher Certification Exam Registration Bulletins are available in the Human Resources Lobby. If I have not satisfied the subject area requirement, I will register to take the appropriate subject area exam on the next available testing administration date, and will submit my original score report to the District

Certification Office. I UNDERSTAND THAT I CANNOT BE REAPPOINTED FOR THE

FOLLOWING SCHOOL YEAR UNTIL MY PASSING SUBJECT AREA SCORE IS ON FILE. For all teachers (K-12) of core academic subjects:

I understand that the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law requires all teachers (K-12) of core academic subjects to be highly qualified. The core academic subjects are: English; reading or language arts; mathematics; science; foreign languages; civics and government; economics; arts (visual arts, drama and music); history; and geography. The NCLB school contact will advise teachers of their highly qualified status.

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Welcome/Certification Assistance... 1

Florida Educator’s Certificate Requirement ... 2

Certification Process ... 2

Official Statement of Status of Eligibility ... 2

General Knowledge Requirement... 2

Testing Requirements ... 3

Mastery of Professional Preparation and Education Competence... 3

Professional Preparatory Coursework ... 3

ABCTE Program... 4

Valencia’s EPI Program... 4

Satisfying Requirements Using College Teaching Experience Verification... 4

Direct Routes to a Professional Certificate... 5

Reciprocity... 5

Graduates of a Florida State Approved Program... 5

Out-of-Field Requirement... 5

No Child Left Behind Requirement... 5

ESOL Requirement... 6

Passing the ESOL K-12 Subject Area Exam ... 6

Renewal of the Professional Certificate... 7

Adding a Subject to a Valid Professional or Temporary Certificate ... 7

Adding a Subject by Passing an Appropriate Subject Area Exam ... 7

Adding a Subject Using an Out of State Certificate ... 8

Certification Services Provided by the District ... 8

Certification Services Provided by the State ... 9

Updating Address – Required by Law... 9

Appendix... 10

Appendix A – Descriptions of FTCE and FELE ... 11

Appendix B – Certification Subject Area Exams to Add a Subject ... 12

Appendix C-1 – Professional Preparation (rule prior to July 27, 2006)... 14

Appendix C-2 – Professional Preparation (rule on and after July 27, 2006)... 16

Appendix D – Approved Professional Prep Coursework from Local Colleges ... 19

Appendix E – Termination Prevention Checklist ... 21

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As a member of the Osceola team, all of your official documents pertaining to your Florida Educator’s Certificate must be submitted to the District Certification Office for processing. A copy of all documents will be placed in your district personnel file and the original, official documents will be mailed to the Department of Education. This will enable our staff to assist you with the certification process throughout your career with Osceola District Schools.

The services provided by the Osceola District Schools’ Certification Office DO NOT relieve the applicant/employee of meeting certification requirements. Florida State Board Rule reads, “It is the responsibility of each applicant to complete all requirements for a certificate.”

We hope that this handbook will answer most of your questions regarding the certification process. This handbook was written based on certification rules, effective July 1, 2006. Please be advised that rules and laws are subject to change on July 1 each year. To be secured under a specific law, you must submit your certification application and fee to the Department of Education. The following website, phone numbers, and email addresses are provided for your convenience:

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Phone: 1-800-445-6739 Email: edcert@fldoe.org

Website: http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/

Phone: 407-870-4802

Email: certhelp@osceola.k12.fl.us, or on First Class email just type: Certification Help Sonya Butler, Supervisor of Employment and Certification

Sue Cole, Certification Specialist

Cathy McBride, Certification Senior Records Clerk

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Send a copy of the following to the District Certification Office as soon as they are received:

Official Statement of Status of Eligibility Florida Educator’s Certificate

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Florida State Law requires that all teachers are eligible and have applied for a Florida Educator’s Certificate. Employment with Osceola District Schools cannot begin until certification requirements have been satisfied.

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For most applicants, certification is a three-part process which includes: 1) Statement of Status of Eligibility; 2) Three Year Non-Renewable Temporary Certificate; and 3) Five Year Renewable Professional Certificate. The certification application must be submitted online at the following website: https://certify.doe.state.fl.us/onlineapp/login.asp. The cost for certification is $56 per subject area. You will need to print the confirmation page which displays after the online application has been submitted and send it to the District Certification Office. The official transcripts and out of state certificates (if available) must then be mailed to the Department of Education. All Temporary Certificates are issued for the entire school fiscal year, July 1 – June 30. This includes those teachers employed any time during second semester. Extensions to a Temporary Certificate are not available under any circumstances.

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An Official Statement of Status of Eligibility will be issued directly to the applicant by the Florida Department of Education in approximately 30 days from the date the application for certification and official college transcripts are received. The Statement of Status of Eligibility is not the teaching certificate. The District will send to the Department of Education the results of your fingerprints and the request form to issue your certificate. The statement indicates whether or not the applicant meets the subject requirements, and the requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to receive a temporary and professional certificate. The teacher MUST send a copy of the statement to the Certification Office as soon as it is received, so that continued assistance may be provided. The requirements that you may be asked to complete are explained on the pages to follow.

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Florida law requires that an individual demonstrate mastery of general knowledge within one year from the date the individual is first employed in a Florida public school. For contract renewal purposes, your principal will need verification that you have satisfied this requirement by March of the school year in which you were first employed in Florida. This requirement may be satisfied by providing an original score report indicating passing scores on all sections of the Florida General Knowledge Test, or by holding a valid standard certificate from another U.S. state or territory. The Praxis exams and out-of-state exams are not accepted for Florida certification. According to Florida law, if a teacher does not satisfy this requirement within the first year, the teacher is not eligible for continued employment as a teacher with our district or any other Florida school district until the requirement has been met. Once again, teachers who have an August start date must satisfy this requirement by the following March for renewal purposes. Do not delay in taking this test!!!

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The Florida Teacher Certification Exams are described in detail in Appendix “A”. An original

score report must be submitted to the District Certification Office. A valid standard certificate from another U.S. state or territory will satisfy all certification requirements, including testing. A comparable subject must be listed on the out of state certificate. The tests that are required for certification are:

General Knowledge Test (GK) Passing portions of the CLAST exam will be accepted if the exam was taken and passed prior to July 1, 2002.

Professional Education Test (PEd)

Subject Area Exam(s) (SAE)

For more information on Florida certification tests, please call the testing center at 813-974-2400, or visit their website at: http://www.cefe.usf.edu/

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The following methods satisfy the Mastery of Professional Preparation and Education Competence requirement:

Completion of a Florida state-approved teacher education and a passing score on the Florida Professional Education Test.

Completion of a teacher preparation program from another U.S. state or territory and a passing score on the Professional Education test.

A valid standard certificate from another U.S. state or territory.

Completion of the District Preparing New Educators Program and professional prep education coursework and a passing score on the Professional Education Test

A valid certificate issued by the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) and completion the District Preparing New Educators Program.

Completion of a Florida state-approved Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) alternative certification Program and a passing score on the Florida Professional Education Test. For more information about the Preparing New Educators Programs, contact Larry Rowan, in Professional Development, at (407) 518-2940 or through First Class Email.

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If you were not teacher-trained in college and did not complete the education courses required for certification, the Statement of Status of Eligibility will indicate Professional Prep education coursework is needed. Depending on courses reflected on the transcript(s) sent to Department of Education, you may be asked to complete all or a portion of the courses listed in Appendix C-1 or C-2.

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Professional Prep, as well as other certification requirements as noted below, may also be satisfied through one of the following programs:

ABCTE

The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the United States. This organization is approved by the federal government to offer Passport to Teaching certifications in Elementary K-6, English 6-12, Math 6-12, General Science 6-12, Biology 6-12, Chemistry 6-12, Physics 6-12 and Special Education K-12. Teachers who obtain certification through this program are considered highly qualified according to the No Child Left Behind federal law. The Passport to Teaching certificate will satisfy all Florida certification requirements for the specific subject, with the exception of Demonstration of Professional Education Competence (PEC). Completion of the District Preparing New Educators Program (portfolio and workshops) will satisfy the PEC requirement. The ABCTE program will satisfy professional prep requirements, in the subjects listed above, for teachers who were evaluated under old or new certification rules. For information, contact ABCTE toll-free at 877-669-2228 or visit their website at www.abcte.org.

Valencia Community College’s Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)

Valencia’s Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) is an alternate route to complete certification requirements and has received approval from the Florida Department of Education. The program prepares the participant for a Florida Professional Teaching Certificate in approximately eight months and is available for all bachelor’s level certification subjects. Participants will receive half of the instruction in a classroom setting and the other half online. Testing requirements must be completed through the Florida Teacher Certification Exams. The EPI program will satisfy professional prep requirements, in all subjects, for teachers who were evaluated under old or new certification rules. For information, contact Dr. Nicholas Bekas at 407-582-5473 or visit their website at http://www.valenciacc.edu/EPI/.

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Verification of two semesters of full-time college teaching experience satisfies the General Knowledge test, Professional Education test, Professional Education Competence and Professional Prep Coursework. Subject area exam(s) are not waived with this verification. The verification letter must be on college letterhead and signed by the registrar or dean. The letter must include:

1. Instructor’s name and social security number

2. Statement that the instructor was a full-time instructor of the college 3. Specific beginning and ending dates of full-time employment 4. Course title

5. Course prefix and number 6. Course dates

7. Number of semester hours earned by the students in the course

Foreign college teaching experience must also include documentation from a credential evaluation agency confirming that the foreign college/university is equivalent to a U.S. institution that awards a bachelor’s or higher degree.

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Florida has two reciprocity routes for certified teachers and administrators to qualify for the five (5) year renewable Professional Certificate.

Route 1: Valid Standard Certificate Issued by a State Other than Florida

The certificate must be a standard or Level II certificate issued by another U.S. state or territory.

The certificate must be currently valid (not expired or revoked).

The subject shown on your certificate must be considered comparable to a subject issued in Florida.

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.

Eligibility for reciprocity is determined by the Department of Education and is based on documentation provided by the applicant.

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Graduates of a Florida state approved teacher preparation programs may apply and qualify for the Professional Certificate in the subject area of program completion, if all testing requirements have been met and original score reports have been submitted.

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If you are teaching in a subject area in which you do not hold a Florida Educator’s Certificate, then you are considered to be “out-of-field.” You must complete the certification requirements to obtain in-field status before you will be eligible for reappointment for the following school year. In most cases, this can be accomplished by passing the appropriate subject area exam.

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Effective July 1, 2006, the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law requires that all teachers (grades K-12) who teach core academic subjects to their students are highly qualified. The core academic subjects, as defined by No Child Left Behind, are: English, reading or language arts; mathematics, science; foreign languages; civics and government; economics, arts (visual arts, drama and music); history; and geography. Please contact the school’s NCLB administrator for a determination of your highly qualified status.

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According to Florida law, if there is at least one student in your classroom designated as being Limited-English Proficient (LEP), you must satisfy the ESOL requirement according to your specific subject area as follows:

Teaching Assignment Certification Required Required Hours Completion Deadline

Language Arts/English Teacher for:

Primary Ed (K-3) Elementary Ed (1-6) Lang. Arts 6-12 Self Contained ESE Self Contained Adult Ed

Appropriate coverage plus ESOL endorsement (Must sign ESOL agreement)

300 Beginning Teachers: First 60

hours within 2 years and 60 hours each following year. Experienced Teachers: First 60 hours within 1 year and 60 hours each following year. Basic Subject Areas

(Math, Science, Social Studies, or Computer Literacy)

Guidance Counselor School-Based Administrators

Appropriate

coverage 60 Beginning Teachers: 60 hours within 2 years.

Experienced Teachers: 60 hours within 1 year.

Other Subject Area Teachers and Services Providers

Appropriate

coverage 18 Beginning Teachers: 18 hours within 2 years.

Experienced Teachers: 18 hours within 1 year.

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Florida law requires teachers who pass the ESOL K-12 subject area exam and add ESOL K-12 to their valid Florida certificate, to complete 120 inservice hours in ESOL. The 120 inservice hours must be completed no later than three years from the date the subject was added to the certificate. Teachers who give language arts instruction to Limited English Proficient (LEP) students and who hold the ESOL K-12 coverage on their certificate and have completed the 120 inservice hours in ESOL will not be required to complete the remainder of the 300 hours required for the ESOL endorsement.

If you need assistance or have questions concerning the ESOL requirements or ESOL classes, please contact Raquel Garcia, in the Multicultural Education Department, at (407) 870-4848, or through First Class Email.

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The five (5) year Professional Certificate may be renewed by using one or more of the following methods:

College Coursework – At least 6 semester hours of college credit earned within the validity period of the Professional Certificate. College credit must be earned from an accredited institution. A grade of at least a “C” must be earned.

District Inservice Points – 120 inservice points earned within the validity period of the Professional Certificate. (60 inservice points are equivalent to 3 semester hours of college coursework.)

Subject Area Exam – A passing score on the subject area examination for the subject shown on the certificate is equivalent to 3 semester hours of college credit. The exam must be taken in the subject area at the appropriate level. There is no limit on the number of exams that may be taken during one validity period.

National Board Certification – A certificate issued by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) will renew all corresponding areas shown on the Florida certificate. The NBPTS certificate may be used for renewal as long as it is valid during any part of the Florida certificate validity period. A copy of the valid national certificate must be submitted with each renewal application.

College Teaching – A course taught at the college level is the same as a course taken at the college level for renewal. Verification of course name, prefix, number, semester hours and dates taught must be signed and submitted by the Registrar on college letterhead. A letter from a college Dean or Department Chair is not acceptable. Teaching multiple sections of the same course may only be used as one course for renewal. Courses taught through high school/college dual enrollment are not acceptable to satisfy renewal requirements. The courses must be taught on the college campus and must be available to the general public.

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A bachelor’s level certification subject may be added to a valid Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate by submitting an Application for Certification, the $56 fee per subject area and an original passing score report for the appropriate Florida Subject Area Test. The subject area test must have been taken after July 1, 2002. Please see Appendix “B” for a complete list of the subject area exams which may be used to qualify for an addition. Make sure you sign up for the appropriate exam. The Department of Education will not accept a passing test score from a subject that has been discontinued.

If you are using this method to add a subject to your professional certificate, no other coursework will be required. If you are adding to a temporary certificate, you are still required to complete the professional prep education courses and all other certification requirements as listed on your DOE Statement of Status of Eligibility.

This method cannot be used to add a subject that requires a master’s or higher degree

(guidance and counseling; educational leadership; school psychologist; reading; administration of adult education; speech-language impaired; and local director of vocational education). The

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appropriate degree with subject area specialization requirements (coursework) and a passing score on the subject area test are required to add these subjects to a certificate.

This method cannot be used for the addition of an endorsement to the certificate since subject area examinations are not available for endorsements. Teachers must complete all coursework requirements or complete a district add-on program to add an endorsement to a valid certificate, and submit the Application for Certification and the $56 fee.

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A subject may be added to a valid Florida certificate by submitting to the Department of Education a valid standard certificate, from another U.S. state or territory, in a subject considered comparable to a subject currently issued in Florida, along with an Application for Certification and the $56 fee per subject area.

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The district certification staff is able to provide the following certification services for our district teachers and administrators. Please contact the District Certification Office for the appropriate application form.

1. Add a bachelor’s level certification subject to a valid Florida professional certificate where a passing subject area exam is appropriate. The official score report which reflects the passing score, must be submitted to the district. The district staff does not have the ability to add a subject to a temporary certificate. Teachers who hold a temporary certificate will still need to use the DOE application form and apply directly to DOE for an addition. Please see

Appendix “B” for a complete list of the subject area exams which may be used to qualify for an addition.

2. Add an endorsement to a valid Florida professional certificate, based upon completion of an approved district add-on inservice program. Teachers must provide the appropriate verification that the program has been completed.

3. Request a duplicate of a valid Florida certificate or a name change to a valid Florida certificate.

4. Renew a five-year professional certificate, based upon completion of the appropriate requirements.

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The Florida Bureau of Educator Certification offers the following services at their website http://www.fldoe.org/edcert:

1. Use the Certificate Lookup button to view the status of any Florida teacher.

2. Use the Application Status Lookup button to view the status of your certification application. From there you can also use the View Address button to check and/or update your mailing address on file at DOE.

3. Request certification materials.

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Please read the following statute carefully. You can change your address at the Department of Education on their website or the district certification staff will change your address when you submit the Employee Address Change form to the district Human Resources Department. Please see your payroll secretary for this form.

1012.561 Address of record.--Each certified educator or applicant for certification is solely responsible for maintaining his or her current address with the Department of Education and for notifying the department in writing of a change of address. By January 1, 2005, each educator and applicant for certification must have on file with the department a current mailing address. Thereafter, a certified educator or applicant for certification who is employed by a district school board shall notify his or her employing school district within 10 days after a change of address. At a minimum, the employing district school board shall notify the department monthly of the addresses of the certified educators or applicants for certification in the manner prescribed by the department. A certified educator or applicant for certification who is not employed by a district school board shall personally notify the department in writing within 30 days after a change of address. The department shall permit electronic notification; however, it is the responsibility of the certified educator or applicant for certification to ensure that the department has received the electronic notification.

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Descriptions of Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) and Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE)

The FTCE is composed of three (3) tests: General Knowledge Test, Subject Area Test, and the Professional Education Test. Registration bulletins for these tests may be picked up in the Human Resources lobby. Please visit the following website for general information about the testing process and for information about computer-based tests: http://www.cefe.usf.edu/

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The General Knowledge Test is a basic skills test containing the following subtests: essay and English language skills, reading and math. The Essay and English subtests measure general skills such as formulating a thesis statement, providing supporting details, arranging ideas in a logical manner, word choice, sentence structure, grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. The Reading subtest includes passages with questions measuring literal and critical comprehension. The Mathematics subtest includes arithmetic, geometry, measurement, algebra, statistics, and logical reasoning. A passing score must be received on all subtests.

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This is a multiple-choice test which assesses general knowledge in five content areas: personal development, appropriate student behavior, planning instruction, implementing instruction, and evaluating instruction.

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These tests measure content area knowledge, usually measured in a multi-choice format. Candidates must pass a subject area exam in the field in which they are seeking certification. The English 6-12, Middle Grades English 5-9, French K-12, and German K-12 also require an essay. Spanish K-12 and French K-12 are administered in a language lab, and German K-12 has an interview. Speech 6-12 has a videotaped portion.

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The exam covers the eight (8) areas of the Florida Educational Leadership Core Curriculum listed in Florida State Board of Education Rule 6A-4.0082, FAC. The eight areas are organized into three (3) subtests*: 1) Leadership, Management, Personnel; 2) Communications; and 3) Curriculum, Finance, Law and Technology. The cost for this exam under regular registration conditions is $50.

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Certification Subject Examinations

That May Be Used to Qualify for a Temporary Certificate or Addition

Note: Only passing exam scores earned after July 1, 2002, are acceptable.

Certification Subject Area Florida Subject Area Test that Must Be Passed

Agriculture (6-12) Agriculture (6-12)

Art (K-12) Art (K-12)

Biology (6-12) Biology (6-12)

Business Education (6-12) Business Education (6-12)

Chemistry (6-12) Chemistry (6-12)

Computer Science (K-12) Computer Science (K-12)

Drama (6-12) Drama (6-12)

Earth-Space Science (6-12) Earth-Space Science (6-12)

Educational Media Specialist (PK-12) Educational Media Specialist (PK-12) Elementary Education (K-6) Kindergarten - Grade 6

English (5-9) Middle Grades English (5-9)

English (6-12) English (6-12)

English to Speakers of Other Languages (K-12) English to Speakers of Other Languages (K-12) Exceptional Student Education (K-12) Exceptional Student Education (K-12)

Family and Consumer Science (6-12) Family and Consumer Science (6-12) Foreign Language: French (K-12) French (K-12)

Foreign Language: German (K-12) German (K-12) Foreign Language: Latin (K-12) Latin (K-12) Foreign Language: Spanish (K-12) Spanish (K-12)

General Science (5-9) Middle Grades General Science (5-9)

Health (K-12) Health (K-12)

Hearing Impaired (K-12) Hearing Impaired (K-12)

Humanities (K-12) Humanities (K-12)

Journalism (6-12) Journalism (6-12)

Marketing (6-12) Marketing (6-12)

Mathematics (5-9) Middle Grades Mathematics (5-9)

Mathematics(6-12) Mathematics (6-12)

Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum (5-9) Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum (5-9)

Music (K-12) Music (K-12)

Physical Education (K-12) Physical Education (K-12)

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Prekindergarten/Primary Education (Age 3-Gr 3) Prekindergarten/Primary Education (Age 3-Gr 3) Preschool Education (Birth - Age 4) Preschool Education (Birth Age 4)

Social Science (5-9) Middle Grades Social Science (5-9) Social Science (6-12) Social Science (6-12)

Speech(6-12) Speech (6-12)

Technology Education (6-12) Technology Education (6-12) Visually Impaired (K-12) Visually Impaired (K-12)

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Professional Preparation includes twenty (20) hours in foundation and methods education coursework as specified below:

6 semester hours in the Sociological and Psychological Foundations of Education. Courses may be taken at a community college or university.

Sociological Foundations. Sample course titles include:

History of Education Principals of Education Philosophy of Education

Introduction to Education Educational Sociology Social Bases of Education

School and Community Comparative Education American Education

Social Foundations of Education

Psychological Foundations. Sample course titles include:

Learning Theories of Learning Psychology of Learning

Classroom Learning Principles Psychological Foundations of

Education Human Growth & Development

Adolescent Psychology Developmental Psychology

Child Development Cognition

6 semester hours of General Methods. This area covers general methods of teaching,

administration and curriculum in the elementary or secondary school. Course should provide an overview of the entire school program. Sample course titles include:

School Administration School Supervision School Law

School Organization Teaching Strategies Field Experiences

Curriculum (Birth-12) Educational Tests &

Measurements Educational Leadership

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4 semester hours of Special Methods (K-12 coverage). Must include credit hours in methods of teaching the subject to include credit at the elementary and secondary levels for each of the following subjects (one course for at least 3 semester hours of credit which is comprehensive K-12 is acceptable):

Art Computer Science Dance

Foreign Languages Health Humanities

Music

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2 semester hours of Special Methods (middle grades and secondary coverage).Must include methods of teaching the subject at the appropriate level for each middle grades (5-9) and secondary (6-12) subject.

The following subjects do not require special methods:

Educational Leadership Educational Media Specialist Elementary Education

Exceptional Student

Education Guidance and Counseling Physical Education

Admin of Adult Education Reading Visually Impaired

School Psychologist School Social Worker Hearing Impaired

Practical experience in teaching.Practical experience in teaching may be satisfied by one of the plans listed below:

• Six (6) semester hours earned in a college student teaching program or in a supervised internship completed in an elementary or secondary school.

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• Two (2) years of full-time teaching experience – this experience may be earned during the validity period of the temporary certificate.

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Professional Preparation coursework which includes fifteen (15) semester hours with credit in the following professional education areas (Note: 15 hour total applies to all subjects; however, more than 15 hours may be needed to complete all of the specific course requirements):

Classroom management including safe learning environments.Courses in this area must be taken at a senior institution at the upper division level.Sample course titles include:

Classroom Management Classroom

Management/Guidance Managing the Classroom

Classroom Management and Teaching

Human development and learning.Courses taken at a community college are acceptable in this area.Sample course titles include:

Learning Theories of Learning Psychology of Learning

Classroom Learning Principles Psychological Foundations of

Education Human Growth & Development

Adolescent Psychology Developmental Psychology Educational Psychology

Child Development Cognition Lifespan Development

Educational assessment to include the content measured by state achievement tests and the interpretation and utilization of data to improve achievement.Courses in this area must be taken at a senior institution at the upper division level. Sample course titles include:

Measurement & Evaluation in

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Effective instructional strategies including the needs of diverse learners.Courses in this area must be taken at a senior institution at the upper division level.Sample course titles include: Professional Teaching

Practices Instructional Strategies Field Experiences

Teaching Practicum Effective Teaching in the

Secondary School Integrated Teaching in Elementary Education Middle Grades Instructional

Strategies

Curriculum and special methods of teaching the subject. Courses in this area must be taken at a senior institution at the upper division level.

This requirement applies to:

All middle grades (5-9) subjects All secondary (6-12) subjects

The following K-12 subjects: art, music, dance, computer science, health, foreign languages, and humanities

Sample course titles include: Teaching Mathematics in the

Middle School Teaching Science in the Secondary School Secondary Social Science Curriculum and Methods Teaching K-12 Computer

Science

This requirement does not apply to:

Educational Leadership Educational Media Specialist Elementary Education

Exceptional Student

Education Guidance and Counseling Physical Education

Admin of Adult Education Reading Visually Impaired

School Psychologist School Social Worker Hearing Impaired

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Foundations of research-based practices in teaching reading. Courses in this area must be taken at a senior institution at the upper division level.

This requirement applies to:

All middle grades (5-9) subjects All secondary (6-12) subjects

Sample course titles include: Florida Online Reading

Professional Development Foundations of Developmental Reading Teaching Reading in Middle and High School Methods of Teaching Reading

in the Elementary School Developmental Reading

Practical experience in teaching. Practical experience in teaching may be satisfied by one of the plans listed below:

• Six (6) semester hours earned in a college student teaching program or in a supervised internship completed in an elementary or secondary school.

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Valencia Community College

(407) 299-5000 Orlando, Florida Website: www.valenciacc.edu

For Weekend College: 407-299-5000 ext. 6849 or 6845 Weekend College Website: www.valenciacc.edu/weekend Courses appropriate for Psychological Foundations:

DEP1302 Psychology of Adolescence

DEP2004 Developmental Psychology (prerequisite required)

EDP2002 Educational Psychology

Course appropriate for Sociological Foundations:

EDF2005 Introduction to Education

EDG2701 Teaching Diverse Populations

Florida Southern College

1-800-274-4131 (Lakeland campus) (407) 855-1302 (Orlando campus) http://www.flsouthern.edu/Orlando/ Courses appropriate for Psychological Foundations:

209 Educational Psychology

Courses appropriate for a Sociological Foundations

206 Introduction to Education

Courses appropriate for General Methods:

EDU430 Instructional Technology

EDU325 Theories in Classroom Management

EDU310 Educational Tests and Measurements

EDU463E School Curriculum K-12

Courses appropriate for Special Methods:

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EDU 441 Middle Grades English 5-9

EDU 442 Middle Grades General Science 5-9

EDU 443 Middle Grades Mathematics 5-9

EDU 444 Middle Grades Social Science 5-9

EDU 451 Special Methods in Secondary Subjects

For majors in English, Journalism, Social Sciences, and Theatre

EDU 452 Special Methods in Secondary Subjects

For majors in Mathematics, Science

EDU 453 Special Methods in Teaching Foreign Languages K-12

University of Central Florida (UCF)

(407) 823-2000 Orlando, Florida Course appropriate for Sociological Foundations:

EDF 6608 Social Factors in American Education

Course appropriate for Psychological Foundations:

EDF 6155 Lifespan Human Development and Learning

Courses appropriate for General Methods:

EDG 6236 Principles of Instruction and Learning

EDF 6432 Measurement and Evaluation in Education

Courses appropriate for Special Methods:

Contact UCF for course offerings.

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If you hold a temporary certificate, the state law requires that you submit a passing score on all sections of the General Knowledge exam within your first year of employment. The district requires completion of this requirement by April 1 to be eligible for re-appointed in a teaching position for the following year. Passing scores on the CLAST exam are acceptable if taken prior to July 1, 2002.

If you are an elementary teacher and hold a temporary certificate, you must also submit a passing score on your subject area exam by April 1 to be eligible for re-appointed in your position.

If you teach in a core academic subject (K-12) as defined by the federal No Child Left Behind law, you must be highly qualified for all of the core subjects being taught in order to be eligible for re-appointment for the following school year. The core academic subjects are: English; reading or language arts; mathematics; science; foreign languages; civics and government; economics; arts (visual arts, drama and music); history; and geography. Please see the NCLB contact at your school for information about your highly qualified status. If your temporary certificate expires June 30 of the current school year, all of your certification requirements must be completed by April 1 to be eligible for re-appointment. If your professional certificate expires June 30 of the current school year, you must

complete the renewal requirements and submit your certification application and fee by April 1, to be eligible for re-appointment.

Complete your ESOL inservice hours. Contact Raquel Garcia, in the Multicultural Education Department, for information about your specific ESOL requirements.

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Florida Department of Education

http://www.fldoe.org

Florida Educator Certification

Sonya Butler, Sue Cole or Cathy McBride, District Contacts (407) 870-4802 Email: certhelp@osceola.k12.fl.us

DOE Bureau of Educator Certification (800) 445-6739, http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/ Email: edcert@fldoe.org

Florida Certification Exams (813) 974-2400, http://www.cefe.usf.edu/

District Preparing New Educators Program

Larry Rowan, Professional Development (407) 518-2940 Email: rowanl@osceola.k12.fl.us

District Reading Endorsement Add-on Program

Carl Watson, Professional Development (407) 518-2940 Email: watsonca@osceola.k12.fl.us

ESOL Requirements

Dalia Medina or Raquel Garcia, Multicultural Education (407) 870-4848 Email: medinad@osceola.k12.fl.us

Email: garciar@osceola.k12.fl.us

Florida Tuition Reimbursement / Loan Forgiveness Program (Critical Shortage Areas)

https://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/home/uamain.asp

American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE)

Toll-free: 1 (877) 669-2228 www.abcte.org

Valencia Community College’s Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)

Dr. Nicholas Bekas, Program Director (407) 582-5473 Email: nbekas@valenciacc.edu

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