The Certification Office assists both prospective and veteran teachers of the School District of Palm Beach County in matters related to obtaining and maintaining a Florida Educator's Certificate. Through our partnership with the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), our office provides many DOE services at the District level.

Eligibility Requirements - Pathways to Initial Teacher Certification

Teachers with the District may have a Temporary Certificate, a Professional Certificate, or a District Vocational Certificate. For Temporary or Professional Certificate eligibility information, please see the information listed below. For District Vocational Certificate eligibility information, please choose the District Vocational Certification menu item on the left.

Temporary Certificate Eligibility (options)
  • Bachelor's degree with a major in the content area.
  • Bachelor's degree with a passing subject area exam score.
  • Bachelor's degree with required courses and 2.5 GPA in the content area.
Professional Certificate Eligibility (options)
  • Valid Standard Certificate issued by another state.
  • Valid Certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
  • Florida State-Approved Teacher Preparation Program and passing Florida Certification Examinations.
  • Out-Of-State Teacher Education Degree Program and passing Florida Certification Examinations.
  • Educator Preparation Institute Program and Florida Certification Examinations (Palm Beach State College has a program).
  • Two semesters of college teaching experience and passing the Florida Subject Area and Professional Education Examination.

Industry Certification

The District hires individuals with industry certification for specific positions. Information regarding the industry certification needed for those positions will be available in the Job Description linked to the advertised position.

If you have questions, please contact our HR Customer Care Center.
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