Certificate Types and Requirements
Submit official transcripts and other certification documents to the following address:
Bureau of Educator Certification
Room 201, Turlington Building
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Florida offers two types of Educator Certificates: the Temporary Certificate and the Professional Certificate.
The Florida Professional Certificate is issued after the individual's results of his/her fingerprint-based background screening have been cleared. The individual seeking employment in Florida will be assisted in completing the fingerprint process by his/her employer. A U.S. citizen who is not seeking employment in Florida or has an immediate need for issuance of the Professional Certificate should review Step 4: Submitting Fingerprints for Certification and the available fingerprint processing instructions or may contact the Bureau of Educator Certification for assistance.
Please note: If a U.S. citizen chooses to have his/her fingerprints processed prior to Florida employment for issuance of the Professional Certificate, it may be necessary to have the fingerprints reprocessed, and the individual may have to pay a second processing fee as a condition of employment in a Florida public school.
Click on the links above for a list of options to complete these requirements