Note: As of 11/20/2017, Florida launched its new Education Certification System. All applicants must create a new online user account to the Online Licensing Service site.
Florida allows students who graduate from out-of-state, approved educator preparation programs to apply directly for Florida teacher certification. Follow the steps below to prepare your application for Florida Licensure.
Step 1: Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts, see WGU Transcript Request. Do not request a WGU transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. MAT students may request a WGU transcript after completing the teacher preparation portion of their MAT program. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet.
Step 2: Request a letter of recommendation for licensure by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Licensure will email you with a signed PDF on university letterhead recommending you for licensure.
Step 3: Log into the Online Licensing System.
Step 4: In the Quick Start Menu, under “Start a New Application” select “Bureau of Educator Certification” then “Educator Certification Application.” Click “Select.” Follow prompts to complete application and pay application fee.
Step 5: Mail official transcripts and score reports for the applicable FTCE examination(s) to
Florida Department of Education
Bureau of Educator Certification
Suite 201, Turlington Building
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
If you choose to fill out the paper application form, then you need to send the form, payment, transcripts, and score report all together in one package. You also need to include copies of both sides of your out of state teaching license, if you have one.
Step 6: When you send a complete application package to the Bureau of Educator Certification requesting a Florida certificate, your complete package is evaluated to determine your eligibility for a Florida certificate. The result of that determination is mailed to you as an Official Statement of Status of Eligibility. The Official Statement is valid for three years and has two functions: to officially state whether or not you are eligible for a Temporary or Professional Certificate in the subject area you requested and, if applicable, to provide you with a customized list of the requirements you must complete before your temporary certificate expires in order for you to be issued full state certification in Florida.
Step 7: Once you receive the Official Statement of Eligibility verifying your eligibility for a Florida teaching certificate, you can start looking for employment in the Florida public schools. To be issued your actual Florida Certificate, you must be employed either in a public school or a nonpublic school that has a state-approved program for demonstration of professional education competence (a requirement for issuance of a Florida Professional Certificate).
Step 8: Upon employment as a teacher in a FL public school or private school with a state-approved program, you will complete a fingerprinting and background check through the employing school. If the results of your fingerprints are clear, your certificate is issued within 30 days of the bureau's receipt of your district's request. If the results of your fingerprint processing reflect any criminal offense record, or if you reported a record on your application for a Florida Educator's Certificate, your application will be referred to Professional Practice Services for review. That office will contact you regarding information needed to review your records for determination of eligibility for a certificate. Issuance of your certificate will be pending the results of this review.
Article Number: 19503, 1466