A teacher is considered out of field when the teaching assignment falls outside the area of Florida certification that the teacher holds. Florida Law states that a teacher must complete a minimum of six semester hours or 120 in-services points in the out of field certification area to be eligible to teach out of field in succeeding years. If the requirement is completed through six semester hours of college coursework, an official transcript must be submitted to the District Certification Office in DeLand upon completion.
The time frame for completion is one year from the first day of the out of field assignment. A teacher may continue to teach in the out of field assignment in succeeding years as long as the out of field course requirements for that assignment have been met. Teachers holding a temporary teaching certificate may apply courses to the out of field annual requirement which are also being completed for the Professional Preparation area of the five year certificate.
Please note that once you pass the subject area exam, you will be eligible to apply for this certification coverage. No additional subject area courses will be required once you show proof of a passing score. The exceptions to this are Gifted, Reading and any certification coverage that requires a Masters Degree.