New To Certification?
If you do not currently hold a valid Teaching Certificate in Florida or any other state, the first step is to apply for Teacher Certification. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution. Please visit the Florida Department of Education (link is below), select the area of certification, pay the $75 application fee (per subject area) and submit an official transcript. The Florida Department of Education will analyze your transcript and send you an Official Statement of Status of Eligibility (SOE). The SOE will blueprint your path to either a Temporary or Professional Florida Teaching Certificate.
Are You Currently Certified In Another State?
If you currently hold a valid Out-of-State Teaching Certificate, you may apply for a Florida Teaching Certificate based upon reciprocity. Reciprocity may be awarded based upon a valid, renewable Out-of-State Teaching Certificate. Temporary, initial or three-year Out-of-State Teaching Certificates are not eligible for reciprocity.
Please visit the Florida Department of Education, select the area of certification, pay the $75 application fee (per subject area) and submit an official transcript. You will also need to submit a copy of the front and back of your Out-of-State Teaching Certificate. The Florida Department of Education will analyze your application, certificate and transcript. If for any reason, the Florida Department of Education cannot award a Professional Teaching Certificate based upon your application, certificate and transcript, the Official Statement of Status of Eligiblity (SOE) will blueprint your path to a Professional Florida Teaching Certificate.
Versa Online Licensing System
The instructions contained within the document below provide a step-by-step overview of how to create your educator account and how to onboard yourself in the new Versa Online Licensing System.
Source: Florida Department of Education / Bureau of Educator Certification, Revised 01/03/2018.
The instructions contained within the documents below provide step-by-step overviews of how to process a variety of changes to a Professional Educator Certificate in the Versa Online Licensing System.
Source: Florida Department of Education / Bureau of Educator Certification.
- Instructions for District Addition of a Subject in Versa
- Instructions for District Addition of an Endorsement Versa
- Instructions for District Renewal in Versa
If you are seeking to add any of the subjects below, the application and payment must be submitted online through the Florida Department of Education, no forms/payments are remitted to the Personnel Department. However, you will want to alert the Personnel Department once you have applied so that your new certificate may be printed once issued.
- Educational Leadership
- Guidance and Counseling
- Reading (K-12)
- School Psychologist
- School Social Worker
- Speech Langugage Impaired
Required Forms for Renewals & Additions
Once you have successfully submitted your application in the Versa Online Licensing System, you need to notify the Personnel Department that you are ready to renew, or to have your addition processed. Please complete the approriate Educator Certification Notice Form and send to the Personnel Department, along with your payment of $75.00.
NOTE: Any certificate addition that requires an advanced degree MUST be processed by the FLDOE. This would include areas of certification such Educational Leadership, Guidance & Counseling and Reading (K-12) to name a few. In this instance, you will apply online with the FLDOE, submit the application fee online and the Notice Form is not required.
Upgrading to Professional Certification
Please click on the link below for important imformation regarding Professional Preparation Coursework, which is oftentimes required in the process of upgrading from a Temporary to a Professional Florida Teaching Certificate.
Copy Of A Florida Teaching Certificate
Do you need a copy of your current Florida Teaching Certificate? Log into your online VERSA account and submit the "Request Copy of Certificate Application" to receive a FREE emailed PDF of your certificate from the Florida Department of Education.
General Knowledge Test Resources
Please click on the link below for important imformation regarding General Knowedge Test Resources. The Mastery of General Knowlege is oftentimes required in the process of upgrading from a Temporary to a Professional Florida Teaching Certificate.
Test Information Guide - (use the yellow section boxes on the left to find sample questions for the various sub tests)
Test Preparation Links:
Florida Teacher Certifiction Examinations (FTCE) Test Information Guides - (choose your test, and then use the yellow section boxes on the left to find test format and sample questions for that test)
In accordance with Florida Statute Section 1012.32, 1012.39, 1012.55, 1012.56 and 1012.57, the Nassau County School Board is authorized to contract and/or employ teachers as non-degreed full-time and/or part time career education program instructional staff and full-time and/or part-time adult education instructional staff.
To be eligible for appointment to a full-time or part-time instructional position in a non-degreed career education program in the Nassau County School District, the applicant must meet the applicable requirements as outlined in the district's Vocational Handbook. Please click on the link below for more information.