6A-4.004. Florida Educator's Certificates with Academic, Administrative, Degreed Career and Technical, and Specialty Class Coverages  


Effective on Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • 1A Florida educator’s certificate is issued to an applicant with academic, administrative, degreed career and technical, and specialty class coverages as specified below.

    24(1) Temporary certificate.

    27(a) The three-year nonrenewable temporary certificate may be issued to an applicant who does not qualify for the professional certificate but meets the following requirements:

    521. Holds a valid Official Statement of Status of Eligibility as specified in Section 661012.56(1), F.S., 68which reflects that the applicant has satisfied specialization requirements for the subject requested;

    812. Obtains full-time employment in a position for which a Florida educators’ certificate is required in a Florida public, state supported, or a nonpublic school which has a Department of Education approved system for documenting the demonstration of required professional education competence. Verification of employment shall be submitted by a Florida district superintendent or designee or the chief administrative officer; and

    1423. Satisfies the fingerprint requirement as follows:

    149a. Submits the original fingerprint reports which have been processed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as specified below:

    175(I) Original fingerprint reports shall be provided by the employing district, state supported school, or nonpublic school. A name and description search shall be acceptable in lieu of a technical fingerprint search after two (2) sets of fingerprints are declared illegible by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement or the Federal Bureau of Investigation or when an individual is unable to provide fingerprints because of a physical disability; and

    244(II) Fingerprints shall have been submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation within the twelve month period immediately preceding the beginning validity date of the certificate which is issued; or

    281b. Holds a Florida educator’s certificate which has not expired for more than one (1) school fiscal year from the date the application for a certificate is received by the Bureau of Educator Certification.

    315(b) Expired temporary certificates. A new three-year nonrenewable temporary certificate may be issued to an applicant who satisfies all the following:

    3361. Held a temporary certificate which has expired for more than one (1) school fiscal year; and

    3532. Meets all requirements specified in paragraph (1)(a) of this rule.

    364(c) Extensions to temporary certificates. When an individual has not met requirements for the professional certificate 380the Commissioner shall grant a one-time extension to the validity of the temporary certificate based upon the following criteria:

    3991. The individual must submit a completed CG-10 application and fee per Rule 4126A-4.0012, 413F.A.C., before the temporary certificate is expired for more than one (1) school fiscal year; and

    4292. The district school superintendent or governing authority of a university lab school, state-supported school, or private school must submit a request on behalf of the individual written on official letterhead, addressed to the Commissioner of Education and delivered to the Bureau of Educator Certification, Room 201, 325 West Gaines Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, requesting extension of the temporary certificate for two (2) additional years based on evidence that during the validity of the temporary certificate:

    505a. The employee experienced serious illness or serious injury, resulting in unexpected hardship that prevented the employee from satisfying all requirements for the professional certificate;

    530b. The employee experienced extenuating circumstances resulting in unexpected hardship that prevented the employee from satisfying all requirements for the professional certificate;

    552c. The employee’s spouse served on active duty as a member of the United States Armed Forces or a related reserve component resulting in unexpected hardship that prevented the employee from satisfying all requirements for the professional certificate;

    590d. The employee earned a summative rating of highly effective as specified in Rule 6046A-5.030, 605F.A.C., on the immediate prior year’s performance evaluation pursuant to Section 6161012.34, F.S., 618or

    619e. The employee successfully completed a two-year mentorship program approved by the Department of Education per Section 6361012.56(8), F.S.

    638(2) Professional certificate.

    641(a) The professional certificate is the standard, renewable type of certificate issued by the Department of Education to an applicant who meets the following eligibility requirements:

    6671. Completes the application requirements as specified in Rule 6766A-4.0012, 677F.A.C.; and

    6792. Satisifes all eligibility criteria specified in Section 6871012.56(2), F.S.

    689(b) A standard, renewable professional certificate covering a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) subject in grades 6 though 12 may be issued to an applicant who meets the following eligibility requirements:

    7211. Completes the application requirements as specified in Rule 7306A-4.0012, 731F.A.C.;

    7322. Satisifes the eligibility criteria specified in paragraphs (a) through (h) of Section 7451012.56(2), F.S.;

    7473. Holds a master’s or higher degree in a STEM area from 759an 760acceptable institution as defined in Rule 7666A-4.003, 767F.A.C.;

    7684. Achieves a passing score on the Florida professional education test; and

    7805. Achieves a “summative evaluation rating” of highly effective on the teacher’s most recent annual performance evaluation assessed by an evaluation system approved pursuant to Rule 8066A-5.030, 807F.A.C. The summative evaluation rating must be based in part on teaching a high school course in the same STEM subject area as the teacher’s advanced degree for which student performance is measured by one of the following:

    845a. A Florida statewide, standardized assessment;

    851b. An Advanced Placement (AP) examination;

    857c. An Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) examination; or

    867d. An International Baccalaureate (IB) examination.

    873The district shall verify, using the district verification form, “STEM-2016” (884http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-07645886) (effective December 2016), which is herein incorporated by reference and made part of this rule, that its calculation of the highly effective summative evaluation rating is based in part on the performance of students as measured by one of the above specified statewide, standardized or national assessments for a high school course listed in the publication, “Florida STEM Course List,” (949http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-09632951) (effective August 2018), 955which is herein incorporated by reference and made a part of this rule968. Both incorporated documents may be obtained without cost from the Bureau of Educator Certification, Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399.

    993(c) The standard professional certificate may be renewed or extended based on provisions specified in Rule 10096A-4.0051, 1010F.A.C.

    1011(3) Nonrenewable certificates covering speech-language impaired.

    1017(a) A nonrenewable temporary certificate valid for two (2) school fiscal years shall be issued one (1) time to an applicant who meets the following requirements:

    10431. Completes the application requirements as specified in Rule 10526A-4.0012, 1053F.A.C.;

    10542. Obtains full-time employment as specified in subparagraph (1)(a)2. of this rule;

    10663. Submits fingerprint reports as specified in subparagraph (1)(a)3. of this rule; and

    10794. Holds a bachelor’s degree in speech-language impairment from an accredited or approved institution as specified in Rule 10976A-4.003, 1098F.A.C.

    1099(b) A nonrenewable professional certificate valid for five (5) school fiscal years shall be issued one (1) time to an applicant who meets the following requirements:

    11251. Meets requirements for a temporary certificate covering speech-language impaired as specified in paragraph (3)(a) of this rule;

    11432. Demonstrates mastery of general knowledge by one of the options specified in paragraph (1)(b) of this rule;

    11613. Demonstrates mastery of professional preparation and education competence by one of the options specified in Section 11781012.56(6), F.S.; 1180and

    11814. Submits verification of acceptance and enrollment into a graduate degree program in speech-language impaired at an accredited or approved institution as prescribed in Rule 12066A-4.003, 1207F.A.C. Verification of admission to the program shall be an official transcript or a letter from an official of the college or university.

    1230(4) Certificates covering only athletic coaching (Grades K-12).

    1238(a) A certificate valid for three (3) school fiscal years reflecting only athletic coaching may be issued to an applicant who does not meet the requirements specified in paragraph (4)(b) of this rule. The certificate may be issued one (1) time to an applicant who meets the following requirements:

    12871. Completes the application requirements as specified in Rule 12966A-4.0012, 1297F.A.C.; and

    12992. Submits fingerprint reports as specified in subparagraph (1)(a)3. of this rule.

    1311(b) A certificate valid for five (5) school fiscal years reflecting only athletic coaching may be issued to an applicant who meets the following requirements:

    13361. Completes the application requirements as specified in Rule 13456A-4.0012, 1346F.A.C.;

    13472. Satisfies specialization requirements as specified in subsections 13556A-4.0282(2) 1356and (3), F.A.C.; and

    13603. Submits fingerprint reports as specified in subparagraph (1)(a)3. of this rule.

    1372(c) An applicant who does not meet requirements in either paragraph (4)(a) or paragraph (4)(b) of this rule, for a certificate covering only athletic coaching will be issued an official letter, valid for one (1) year after receipt of the completed application, advising the applicant of any requirements that must be completed to qualify for a certificate covering only athletic coaching.

    1433(5) Special temporary certificate covering only educational leadership.

    1441(a) A special temporary certificate valid for three (3) school fiscal years reflecting educational leadership may be issued to an applicant who meets the following requirements:

    14671. Completes the application requirements as specified in Rule 14766A-4.0012, 1477F.A.C.;

    14782. Submits official documentation of a bachelor’s degree granted from an accredited or approved institution as specified in Rule 14976A-4.003, 1498F.A.C.;

    14993. Submits verification approved by the school 1506district superintendent, chief administrative officer, or authorized designee 1514that the applicant:

    1517a. Has at least three (3) years of successful employment experience in a full-time executive management or leadership position; or

    1537b. Was honorably discharged or retired from the United States Armed Forces with at least three (3) years served as a commissioned officer, as a warrant officer, or as a noncommissioned officer at the following rank or higher: Army sergeant, Air Force staff sergeant, Marine corporal or Navy petty officer,

    15874. Earns a passing score on the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE), as specified in Rule 16036A-4.00821, 1604F.A.C., administered on or after January 1, 2014;

    16125. Obtains full-time employment as specified in subparagraph (1)(a)2. of this rule; and

    16256. Submits fingerprint reports as specified in subparagraph (1)(a)3. of this rule.

    1637(b) A person operating under a special temporary certificate covering educational leadership must be under the mentorship of a school administrator with Florida certification in an administrative class coverage as specified in Rules 16706A-4.008, 16716A-4.0082, 16726A-4.0083, 16736A-4.0085, 1674or 16756A-4.044, 1676F.A.C. A request for issuance of the special temporary certificate covering educational leadership shall be submitted to the Department on which the employer must attest to provide a state-certified school administrator, designated as the applicant’s mentor during the term of the special temporary certificate.

    1720(c) An applicant who holds a special temporary certificate covering only educational leadership, or held the same which has expired, may be issued a professional certificate provided all requirements for the professional certificate in effect at the time the application is filed have been completed, as specified in subsection (2) of this rule, which includes satisfying the specialization requirements for Educational Leadership as specified in Rule 17866A-4.0082, 1787F.A.C. An applicant issued the temporary certificate based on verified service as a military officer as specified in sub-subparagraph (5)(a)3.b. of this rule, shall be issued a professional certificate covering school principal upon submission of verification approved by the school district superintendent that the applicant successfully completed the district school principal certification program approved pursuant to Rule 18446A-5.081, 1845F.A.C.

    1846(6) Restricted professional certificate.

    1850(a) A restricted professional certificate is a renewable type of certificate valid for five (5) school years issued by the Department of Education to an applicant who meets the following eligibility requirements:

    18821. Completes the application requirements as specified in Rule 18916A-4.0012, 1892F.A.C.; and

    18942. Satisifes all eligibility criteria specified in Section 19021012.56(2), F.S., 1904except for mastery of general knowledge per Section 19121012.56(3), F.S.

    19143. A restricted professional certificate is only available to instructional personnel who are not classroom teachers, as defined in Section 19341012.01(2), F.S., 1936in the following subject areas:

    1941a. Educational Media Specialist;

    1945b. School Counseling;

    1948c. School Psychologist;

    1951d. School Social Work; or

    1956e. Speech-Language Impaired.

    1959(b) An applicant who meets these requirements must only be assigned to non-classroom instructional positions for which they are certified.

    1979(7) Addition of subjects to a professional certificate. A subject may be added to a valid renewable professional certificate when an applicant meets the following requirements:

    2005(a) Completes application requirements as specified in Rule 20136A-4.0012, 2014F.A.C.; and

    2016(b) Demonstrates mastery of the subject matter as specified in Section 20271012.56(5), F.S., 2029for each subject to be added to a professional certificate.

    2039(8) Addition of endorsements. An endorsement may be added to a valid three-year nonrenewable temporary or renewable professional certificate when an applicant meets the following requirements:

    2065(a) Completes the application requirements as specified in Rule 20746A-4.0012, 2075F.A.C.; and

    2077(b) Satisfies the specialization requirements specified in the rules of the Florida State Board of Education for each endorsement to be added to the certificate.

    2102(9) Expired certificates.

    2105(a) Certificates which have expired are invalid.

    2112(b) An applicant who held a professional certificate which has expired may secure another professional certificate provided all requirements for the professional certificate in effect at the time the application is filed have been completed. Completion of requirements for issuance of a professional certificate which has expired shall not be considered as satisfaction of requirements for subsequent professional certificates.

    2171(c) An applicant who does not qualify for the professional certificate may be issued a temporary certificate as specified in subsection (1) of this rule.

    2196(d) An applicant whose professional certificate has expired may reinstate the professional certificate if requirements are completed as specified in subsection 22176A-4.0051(7), 2218F.A.C.

    2219Rulemaking Authority 22211001.02, 22221012.55, 22231012.56 FS. 2225Law Implemented 22271012.55, 22281012.56 FS. 2230History–New 4-20-64, Amended 4-8-68, 7-7-68, 4-11-69, 4-11-70, 9-17-72, 8-17-74, Repromulgated 12-5-74, Amended 11-9-76, 7-1-79, 8-27-80, 1-3-82, 4-26-84, 11-18-84, 6-18-85, Formerly 6A-4.04, Amended 12-25-86, 10-18-88, 9-12-89, 12-4-89, 4-15-91, 10-10-91, 5-3-94, 10-15-01, 12-27-04, 11-26-08, 3-5-14, 12-20-16, 8-21-18, 3-17-20.