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Getting Your Florida Teaching Certificate

Many districts in Florida provide the service to new hires of submitting the Application for Certification to the Florida Department of Education as part of the hiring process. Graduates who are hired locally must themselves submit evidence of a degree-posted official transcript. Check with the district or private employer to be sure of the local procedures.

If you choose to submit the Application for Certification, the mailing address is: 
Florida Department of Education 
Bureau of Teacher Certification 
325 West Gaines Street, Room 201 
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400 

Transcripts are ordered through the Registrar’s Office. There is a fee for each transcript ordered. Be sure to mark “After Degree is Posted” and indicate the semester and year. 

You will receive an application for Florida Certification during your student teaching semester, along with instructions for completion and guidelines for ordering transcripts.  

Certificate Reciprocity

Florida participates in the Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Educational Personnel. Students who complete a degree in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education will meet the requirements for an initial temporary/provisional certificate in any of the states listed below. They will be required to complete an application, pass any exam required by the states, and complete any new teacher-training program required by the state.