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    Recertification - Frequently Asked Questions

    • During the 2013 Florida Legislative Session, a new requirement for teacher recertification was included in Senate Bill 1108.
    1. What is the requirement?
      The legislation requires one (1) semester hour of college credit or the equivalency of twenty (20) inservice points in teaching students with disabilities. Credit must be earned during the last validity period of the Professional Certificate. Professional teaching certificates are valid for five years, beginning on July1 and expiring June 30. So this new requirement chiefly affects educators whose certificates expire June 30, 2015, or later.
    2. Has the 120 master plan points or 6 semester hours required for renewal increased?
      No, the bill stated that the requirement may not add to the total hours required by the Department of Education for continuing education or inservice training. For example, an educator certified in Math and Science needs 100 general training credits plus 20 Exceptional Student Education credits to recertify. An educator certified in English and ESE needs 100 general training credits plus 20 ESE credits to recertify. And an educator certified in Elementary Education, Middle Grades Math and ESE needs 100 general training credits plus 20 ESE credits to recertify.
    3. Will this renewal requirement apply to professional certificates expiring June 30, 2014?
      No, not if educators submit applications prior to July 1, 2014. However, an educator whose certificate expires on June 30, 2014, who submits an application for late renewal on or after July 1, 2014, will be expected to meet the requirement.
    4. If my certificate expires in 2015, can I apply now?
      District policy states that teachers must renew their professional educator’s certificate in the last year of their validity period. Educators with a professional certificate expiring June 30, 2015 may submit an application for renewal after July 1, 2014. Directions for applying for recertification via Employee Self Service will be sent via e-mail beginning September 1, 2014.
    5. What type of courses and/or inservice activities will satisfy this requirement?
      Courses identified as ESE courses in Pinellas County School’s Master Inservice Plan will meet this requirement. A list of acceptable ESE classes included in the district’s Master Inservice Plan is available. The state has said that gifted classes are not eligible to meet the ESE requirement. There is a proposal that the Florida Certification ESE subject area exam may meet the ESE requirement.
    6. Will this renewal requirement apply to all professional certificates covering any subject?
      Yes, all professional certificates, regardless of subject, will need to satisfy this requirement.
    7. Is this requirement only for teachers?
      No, this requirement applies to all holders of a Florida professional teaching certificate regardless of job assignment or position. This includes administrators, retirees and charter school teachers.
    8. Is this a one-time renewal requirement or will this credit be required for every future renewal cycle?
      The Florida Department of Education expects this requirement to be in effect for every future professional certificate renewal cycle.
    9. Does this ESE requirement apply to district certificates?
      No, the ESE requirement only applies to professional educator state certificates.
    10. What is the district expectation in educators meeting this ESE requirement?
      Here’s what educators need to do:
      • Check your certificate to see when it expires.
      • If your certificate expires on June 30, 2014, you DO NOT have to earn 1 college credit or 20 hours of inservice. You do have to complete your renewal application on Employee Self Service prior to June 30, 2014.
      • If your certificate expires on June 30, 2015 or later, you are required to have 1 college credit or 20 inservice hours in ESE coursework.
      • Every educator has at least one year and six months to complete the coursework required by this statute.

    For certification questions, please contact Jenny MacClinchy, MACCLINCHYJ@pcsb.org.