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FSCJ offers teacher preparation for students just beginning college, students already holding a bachelor’s degree, as well as in-service teachers, paraprofessionals and substitutes.

Certification Renewal: Renewing Your Florida Educator Certificate

FSCJ is on the Florida Department of Education’s list of accredited colleges. Taking college credit coursework at FSCJ provides an alternative to those who aren’t currently teaching in a public school and don’t have the opportunity to earn in-service points. Retired teachers, private school teachers and those who are currently outside of the teaching profession may need to renew a Florida Educator Certificate through college credit coursework.

The rules for renewing your Florida Educator Certificate are established by the Florida Department of Education.  Please read the Florida Educator Certification Renewal Requirements and contact the Bureau of Educator Certification to ask questions about renewing your certificate. When you are ready, use the Florida Educator Certification On-line Application to apply for renewal of your certification. We encourage you to complete your classes in a timely manner in order to renew your Florida Educator’s Certificate on time.

The following steps are provided to help you take classes at FSCJ to renew your certificate:


The following steps are provided to help you take classes at FSCJ to renew your certificate.

1Enrollment

New students must apply to the college and pay a $25* application fee. Current and former students must ensure their information is up-to-date. If you are unsure of your status, you should apply as a first time student.

Note: An online application process is available. Due to the documentation required, we recommend using the appropriate process listed below.

*This is a non-refundable processing fee. The $25 application fee includes certain legal immigrants and visa holders. An $80 application fee is assessed to (F-1) international students.

Enrollment for First Time Students

You need to complete a membership application (PDF) and the residency affidavit (PDF). In the Educational Plans section of the membership application, please select “My main goal is to take a college credit courses or courses for professional development, but not earn a degree.”

Take the completed admission application, residency affidavit and required residency documentation** to any campus or center Enrollment Services office for processing.

Enrollment for Current and Former Students

If you are have previously attended Florida State College you need to complete a readmission application (PDF) and the residency affidavit (PDF). In the Educational Plans section of the readmission application, please select “College-Credit Non-Degree” and specify the number as “3401.”

If you were previously enrolled under a different name, be sure to complete a record change form. This form must be completed in person at an Enrollment Services office.

Take the completed readmission application, residency affidavit and required residency documentation** to any campus or center Enrollment Services office for processing.

**Refer to the residency affidavit for required documentation.

 


2Select Appropriate Classes

The Florida Certification Coverages web page can help you identify any coursework you may need to strengthen knowledge of your subject area. You may also decide that you want to add additional subject areas to your certificate by taking coursework.

Content Area Coursework offered at FSCJ

  • Social Sciences (Middle or High) Teachers: United States history; western civilization; European, Asian, African, Latin American, or Middle Eastern history; economics; United States government; geography
  • Math (Middle or High) Teachers: Calculus; geometry; probability; statistics; abstract or linear algebra
  • English (Middle or High) Teachers: English composition and grammar beyond freshman English; speech; oral interpretation; literature
  • Science (Middle or High) Teachers: biology; chemistry; Earth and space science; physics
  • Elementary School Teachers: music; art; physical education; health; all core content (science, math, social sciences, English)
  • All Certification Areas: Education department coursework (course prefixes EDF, EDG, EEX, EME) can be used for all certification areas.

Education Coursework offered at FSCJ

Note

Though there is a broad range of coursework the Florida Department of Education will accept toward your certificate renewal, there are a few classes that won’t count. You cannot select any of our classes with an EPI prefix as these are pre-professional courses toward teacher certification and are not traditional college credit. Some education classes in the Early Childhood Education bachelor’s degree program may require special permission to enter and these courses are only appropriate for renewal if your certificate is in this area.

If you have questions about the eligibility of classes you have chosen to take, please contact the FLDOE with the course identification for the class(es) you are considering.  The Florida Department of Education keeps records of who they talk to but it is always a good idea to write down the name of the person in their call center who approves the class you plan to take. You should not need to call them about any of the classes that are recommended in on this Web page.


3Search for Available Classes

Once you are enrolled as a student, you need to establish Connections account. Connections is the College’s online student portal. To search for classes before you enroll as a student, please visit the online class schedules where you can select a term to browse or search where you can select a term to browse or search the schedule. You may also use the Open Class Keyword Search to search all available courses regardless of term.

When you begin to identify classes you would like to take, pay attention to whether the class is entirely or partially online. Before selecting an online class, we recommend you take the computer literacy quiz to determine if an online class would be appropriate for you. Most ultimately students agree that they work harder in online classes but they distance learning very convenient. Also notice if the class you plan to take requires field experience (spending time in a school or social agency) as you may not have the time to do this. Consider whether the class is 4, 8, 12 or 16 weeks. Classes that are offered in 4 or 8 weeks are considered by some to be fast track.


4Register and Pay for Classes

You may register for classes through Connections. For detailed registration information, including session dates, the registration calendar and information about paying for classes, visit the online class schedules and select the term you are interested in.

The Florida Educator Certification Renewal Requirements allows the usage credits earned by examination to be applied towards certification renewal if the course content is appropriate and is reflected on the student’s official transcript. FSCJ offers credit by assessment through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Defense Subject Standardized Test (DSST) and Excelsior assessment. Contact the Florida Department of Education for final approval of any credit by exam prior to taking the exam.

If you need further assistance scheduling classes, please contact Victoria Bennett at vbennett@fscj.edu.


A.A. Degree Emphasizing Education

If you feel the calling to be a classroom teacher, you’ll get a great start with an associate in arts degree for transfer to a public university. We have a new articulation agreement with Jacksonville University, the University of North Florida and Nova Southeastern University, as well as other schools, for A.A. graduates to earn a bachelor’s degree in Education. See your advisor for details. You can also learn more at our Transfer Services page.

Learn more about FSCJ's Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree

Field Experience - for current education students. Part of your training will be field experience, working in a classroom in the K-12 public school system. This link will take you to important information and forms you’ll need as part of the process. Note: Most of these forms are PDF files and require the Adobe Acrobat Reader (which can be downloaded for free at Adobe.com).

Your first step to helping others — contact the Education Department: (904) 633-8182


Paraprofessional Training

If you are a paraprofessional educator working in an elementary, middle or high school today, you know that you must continue your education in order to demonstrate that you are a highly qualified professional.

Continuing Professional Development: All educators benefit from continued professional development, and sometimes it is also required of us. Paraprofessionals interested in doing course work towards a teaching degree find the courses listed below very useful in their everyday work.

To review course descriptions for generally recommended courses, visit the online catalog.

EEX Education: Exceptional Child

  • EEX 1600 Behavior Management
  • EEX 2010 Introduction to Exceptional Child Education
  • EEX 2080 Teaching the Exceptional Learner

Other Course Areas Recommended

  • EME 2040 Introduction to Education Technology
  • EDF 2085 Introduction to Diversity for Teachers
  • RED 2010 Foundation of Reading
  • RED 2011 Reading and Language Arts Skills in the Elementary School

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