How to Renew or Reinstate a Teachers License in Florida
Renewal of Teaching Certification
If the FBEC issues you a Temporary License, it is good for 3 school years. During this time, you have to meet all the qualifications for a Professional License. This involves finishing all of the required FTCE tests while you are teaching full-time under the Temporary License. Licensure tests have to all be passed. The Temporary License is not renewable.
If you have passed all the required assessments and are issued a Professional License, it is good for 5 school years. When it is time for renewal, request a district application form for licensure renewal from your school district office. You have to complete 6 credit hours of college credit during the renewal period for each subject area in which you are licensed.
Sixty in-service points in a sanctioned Florida master in-service program are equivalent to 3 semesters of college credit. A passing Mark on the FTCE subject test in the area you are certified also counts for 3 semesters of college credit. If you obtain a good license from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in that subject, it will renew your Florida license in that subject.
Teaching Certification Reinstatement
If your Florida teaching license has lapsed, you can apply for its reinstatement. With the renewal application and fee, you have to submit documentation of completion of at least 6 credit hours of credit in each area in which you are certified during the past 5 years. You have to also submit passing scores on subject area tests finished in the subjects you are certified in during the past 5 years. Mail this info to Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Educator Certification, Room 201, Turlington Building, 325 West Gaines Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400.
If your license lapsed more than one year ago, you would have to resubmit to the fingerprinting and criminal history background check.