General Provisions, Degrees, Programs, and Credits  



    State Board of Education


    6A-4.002General Provisions

    6A-4.003Degrees, Programs, and Credits


    Notice is hereby given that the following changes have been made to the proposed rule in accordance with subparagraph 120.54(3)(d)1., F.S., published in Vol. 39, No. 163, August 21, 2013 issue of the Florida Administrative Register.


    Rule 6A-4.002, FAC., is amended to read:

    (5)(a)1. Teaching experience used for academic, administrative, vocational, and specialty class subjects shall be gained in a public or state supported elementary or secondary school as defined in Section 1003.01(2), Florida Statutes; or in a prekindergarten (ages three [3] and four [4]) school which is a public or state supported school or is a contractor for a public school system as defined in Section 1003.01(2), F.S.; or in a birth through age two (2) school which is a public or state supported school or is a contractor for a public school system. However, teaching experience in a nonpublic school shall be acceptable provided the applicant held a valid full-time teaching certificate issued by the state department of education in the state where the teaching experience was acquired.


    Rule 6A-4.003, F.A.C., is amended to read:

    (2)(b) The institution was exempt from licensure in 2001 and has maintained qualifying criteria holds a certificate of exemption pursuant to Section 1005.06, F.S. (2001),

    (e) The degree from the institution was accepted by an accredited institution either in transfer or as a basis for admission into the graduate program which resulted in the conferral of a higher degree. Documentation of degrees and credits from institutions within the United States or its territories shall be an official transcript. Documentation of degrees and credits from institutions outside the United States shall be an original credential evaluation report prepared by an accredited institution as specified in paragraph (1)(a) or (b) of this rule, or by a credential evaluation agency approved by the Department as specified in subsection (6) of this rule. An original credential evaluation report must include a summary of the equivalent United States postsecondary degree level and academic program awarded and, upon request, must also include a detailed breakdown of all courses into descriptive titles with equivalent United States postsecondary semester hours and grades. An applicant who holds a valid standard educator’s certificate issued by a state other than Florida which may be used to satisfy the eligibility requirements for a professional certificate as described in Sections 1012.56(1) and (2), F.S., or to demonstrate mastery of subject matter knowledge as in Section 1012.56(5), F.S., is considered to have met the requirements of this rule.