Governor Ron DeSantis Encourages Veterans to Apply for Temporary Teaching Certificates.
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The new law creates an additional pathway to educator certification for military service members. It specifies that a military service member may receive a temporary educator certificate if he or she has:
1. Minimum of 48 months of active-duty military service with an honorable discharge or a medical separation on a DD214
2. Minimum of 60 college credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on an official transcript
3. Passing score on a Florida subject-area examination for bachelor’s level subjects which demonstrates mastery of subject area knowledge.
4. Employment in a Florida school district, including charter schools, with an assigned mentor
5. Cleared background screening
The law further provides that a temporary certificate for military service members who meet the established requirements will be valid for a period of five (5) years, however this is a nonrenewable 5 year certificate.
Before applying for this pathway, complete a waiver request for the Military Certification Fees Waiver (MCFW).
The online application for the Temporary Military Veterans Certificate is open: https://flcertify.fldoe.org/datamart/login.do
- Military spouses and families are not eligible for this certification pathway.
For districts: the main task will be assigning an appropriate mentor.
The mentor must be certified, have at least three (3) years of PreK-12 teaching experience, and have received an effective or highly effective evaluation the previous year.
To assist in the transition, anyone issued a temporary teaching certification under this new law must be assigned a teacher mentor for at least their first two (2) years of employment.
For more information please visit the FLDOE web site by clicking the link below.