Alternative Certification Information

  • Alternative certification is a program designed to make it possible for a wider number of people to consider a career in teaching. Through alternative certification individuals who have a Bachelor's Degree in a field other than education can earn a teaching certificate while they are employed as a teacher. The Hernando County School District does not offer an Alternative Certification Program; however, Pasco-Hernando State College does offer an alternative certification program.​ (third party website).

    Information can be found at Educator Preparation Institute at PHSC​ (third party website).

    In addition to successfully completing an alternative certification program, participants will need to apply for certification.  Alternative Certification program participants will also be required to achieve passing scores on three tests given by the Florida Department of Education. These tests are:

    • General Knowledge Test
    • Florida Professional Educator Exam
    • Florida Subject Area Exam

    For questions about certification, please contact Dawn Leo or Alexis Brown, Certification Specialists, at 352-797-7070.