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 Human Resources - Staffing and Talent Management
 Division of Operations
 Shannon Smith, Director

New Teacher Certification

The following information is intended to provide helpful information regarding Florida certification and employment with the School District of Lee County. (Note that underlined phrases below provide links to websites that you may find helpful.)

Florida Teacher Certification

If you already have a Bachelors degree, then you can become eligible for Florida teacher certification under one of the following options:

1    Pass an appropriate subject area exam; OR

2    Earn a degree major in an appropriate subject area; OR

3    Complete the appropriate coursework in a subject area with 2.5  GPA; OR

4    Complete a Teacher Prep program from an  accredited college; OR

5    Possess a currently valid out of state teaching license in an equivalent subject area and grade level offered by Florida.

Under current rules, you must meet one of the above “specialization requirement” options for the appropriate subject area before you can be considered eligible for a Florida certificate. In most cases, the district requires an applicant to be eligible for certification before entering into an instructional position.  An applicant does not have to hold a certificate, but must be eligible for the certificate.

To view a simplified illustration of the Florida certification process, please click the following link: Florida Teacher Certification Option Summary. A teacher may begin teaching under either a temporary certificate or a professional certificate. 

Those beginning with a temporary certificate need to be aware that it is a non-renewable certificate. Teachers with a temporary certificate need to meet professional certification requirements prior to the expiration of the temporary certificate in order to retain their certified status.

To view a document that outlines options for meeting the requirements for moving from a temporary certificate to a professional certificate, please click the following link: Options for Temporary to Professional Certificate.

Online Web Resources

For additional teacher certification information, please visit the following helpful websites:

To view requirements for teacher certification in the state of Florida, visit: http://www.teachinflorida.com.

To apply to the Florida Department of Education for teacher certification, visit:  http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/.

To view frequently asked certification questions from the Florida Department of Education, visit: http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/faqs.asp.

To view requirements for specific subject areas, visit: http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/subjlist.asp

To register for the subject area exam, interested persons should visit: http://www.fl.nesinc.com/index.asp.

To review the competencies and skills covered by the tests, visit: http://www.fldoe.org/asp/ftce/ftcecomp.asp.

To access practice Florida Teacher Certification Exams and test taking tips, please visit:

Learn more about TIP @ FGCU, an alternative teacher certification program: http://coe.fgcu.edu/tip-rd.html.

Employment With The Lee County School District

All instructional hiring is performed by our school principals/site administrators. Remember that you do not need to hold a Florida teaching certificate to gain employment. Rather, you must be eligible for a certificate by one of the above options.

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General Disclaimers
The School District of Lee County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.

The School District of Lee County is committed to protecting the privacy of students and employees as well as other individuals associated with the District.  At times the District may ask you for your Social Security number.  Federal and state law requires the collection of your Social Security number for certain purposes such as those related to employment, contracted services and financial aid.  The District is working to minimize the use of Social Security numbers within its business processes.  The Social Security number will not be disclosed to individuals or agencies outside the District except as allowed by law or with permission from the individual.