Thank you for visiting the Pinellas County Schools office of Educator Certification. We hope that this site provides individuals with current and relevant information about Florida's rules, regulations and requirements regarding teacher certification, the renewal process for professional certificates and links to helpful resources. Our goal is to support the district's goal of a high performing workforce by ensuring that appropriately certified educators are in all classrooms.
Important News about Educator Certification
- Military Certification Fee Waivers: Florida offers initial certification application and exam fee waivers for eligible military personnel and spouses. For more information, please visit: https://www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification/military/ or contact TroopsTeaching4FL@fldoe.org.
- Effective JULY 1, 2024: The Reading K-12 Subject Area Exam can no longer be used to add the Reading Endorsement per HB7011.
- Civics Seal of Excellence Endorsement: The Civics Seal of Excellence program is a 60 hour online course consisting of an introduction and five modules aligned to the revised civics and government standards. Per Rule 6A-4.0164, all K-12 teachers with a valid license issued by the FLDOE and employed by a local school district or charter school are eligible to earn the endorsement. More information can be found at the FLDOE's information page: https://civics.cpalms.org/
- Elementary and Secondary Literacy Micro-Credentials: The Literacy Micro-Credentials were created in partnership with the Florida Department of Education, the Division of Early Learning, and the UF Lastinger Center for Learning. More information can be found on the UF Lastinger Center for Learning's information page: Literacy Micro-Credentials
Florida’s Literacy Coach Endorsement Program (PDF) is rolling out gradually through face-to-face (FCRR) and online (UF) options. The Department launched the FCRR Literacy Coach Endorsement Program in Summer 2022 for literacy coaches serving RAISE intensive support schools. The UF Lastinger Center Literacy Coach Endorsement Program deployed in Fall 2022. More opportunities to participate in Florida's Literacy Coach Endorsement Program are on the horizon!
Learn more about Florida's Literacy Coach Endorsement Program here! (PDF)