The Florida Professional Certificate is valid for five school years (July 1 - June 30) and must be renewed every five years. The Professional Certificate is issued to an applicant who meets all of the following:
Completes both a District and Florida State Certification application.
Holds a bachelor's or higher degree from an acceptable US institution, or the equivalent degree from a foreign institution;
Earns a 2.5 GPA in the subject area of initial certification;
District submits fingerprints processed by FDLE and the FBI (including clearance from the Bureau of Educator Standards if required);
Satisfies professional preparation (education courses);
Demonstrates professional education competence (VCS TIPS Program);
Submits passing scores on the following Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE):
Basic skills knowledge
Professional education knowledge
Subject knowledge in each area shown on the certificate
Hold a valid standard teaching certificate from another state;
Apply for Florida certification in the subject(s) shown on the out of state certificate.