Florida Department of Education
Turlington Building, Suite 201
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone: 1-800-445-6739 (toll free) or 1-850-245-5049 (outside U.S.)
Florida Department of Education: http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/
Teacher Licensure Needed: Yes
Master’s Degree Needed: No
Praxis II Library Media Content Test Needed: No
Other Testing Needed: Yes, Florida Teacher Certification Exams – Professional Education; General Knowledge; Subject Area – Educational Media Specialist
Description: The Educational Media Specialist (PK-12) is classified as a Professional Service Area. Florida provides two types of licensure (http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/rules/6A-4-0251.asp).
Evaluation Process for Licensure
Criteria for eligibility for a licensure includes two plans:
- Plan One: A bachelor’s or higher degree with an undergraduate or graduate major in educational media or library science.
- Plan Two: A bachelor’s or higher degree with thirty semester hours in educational media or library science to include credit in these areas: Management, Collection Development, Resources, Reference Sources and Services, Organization of Collections, and Design and Production.
Florida has two reciprocity routes for certified teachers and administrators to qualify for our Professional Certificate.
Route 1: Valid Standard Certificate Issued by a State Other than Florida
- The certificate shall be the valid standard educator’s certificate issued by that state which is comparable to a Florida Professional Certificate, and
- Be issued in a subject comparable to a Florida certification subject, and
- Require the same or higher level of training required for certification in that subject in Florida, and
- The certificate must be currently valid (not expired or revoked).
Route 2: Certificate Issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
- The NBPTS certificate must be currently valid.
- The Florida certificate will reflect the Florida subject considered comparable to the NBPTS subject.