eLaws of Florida

  SECTION 1012.55. Positions for which certificates required.  


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  • 1(1)(a) 2The State Board of Education shall classify school services, designate the certification subject areas, establish competencies, including the use of technology to enhance student learning, and certification requirements for all school-based personnel, and adopt rules in accordance with which the professional, temporary, and part-time certificates shall be issued by the Department of Education to applicants who meet the standards prescribed by such rules for their class of service.
    70(b) 71Each person employed or occupying a position as school supervisor, school principal, teacher, library media specialist, school counselor, athletic coach, or other position in which the employee serves in an instructional capacity, in any public school of any district of this state shall hold the certificate required by law and by rules of the State Board of Education in fulfilling the requirements of the law for the type of service rendered. Such positions include personnel providing direct instruction to students through a virtual environment or through a blended virtual and physical environment.
    163(c) 164The Department of Education shall identify appropriate educator certification for the instruction of specified courses in an annual publication of a directory of course code numbers for all programs and courses that are funded through the Florida Education Finance Program. However, the state board shall adopt rules authorizing district school boards to employ selected noncertificated personnel to provide instructional services in the individuals’ fields of specialty or to assist instructional staff members as education paraprofessionals.
    239(d) 240The State Board of Education shall adopt rules pursuant to ss. 251120.536(1) 252and 253120.54 254to allow an individual who meets the following criteria to be eligible for a temporary certificate in educational leadership under s. 2751012.56(7)276:
    2771. 278Earning a passing score on the Florida Educational Leadership Examination;
    2882. 289Documenting 3 years of successful experience in an executive management or leadership position; and
    3033. 304Documenting receipt of a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher learning.

    319A person operating under a temporary certificate must be under the mentorship of a state-certified school administrator during the term of the temporary certificate.

    343(2)(a) 344Each person who is employed and renders service as an athletic coach in any public school in any district of this state shall hold a valid temporary or professional certificate or an athletic coaching certificate. The athletic coaching certificate may be used for either part-time or full-time positions. The provisions of this subsection do not apply to any athletic coach who voluntarily renders service and who is not employed by any public school district of this state.
    421(b) 422Completion of a sports safety course shall count for 6 hours of required school district inservice instruction for athletic coaching certification if the course is approved by the Florida High School Athletic Association Board of Directors and meets the following requirements:
    4631. 464The course consists of at least eight modules.
    4722. 473The course immediately provides an individual with a “merit” certificate at the time of successful completion.
    4893. 490The course is delivered through hands-on and online teaching methods.
    5004. 501The course is a hands-on course taught by either a state-licensed athletic trainer who holds a current certificate from the Board of Certification or a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
    5345. 535Hands-on course material is less than 120 pages.
    5436. 544The course covers sports safety specifically, excluding coaching principles and procedures for cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
    5587. 559The course is authored or approved by at least 10 health care professionals, including doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathy, registered nurses, physical therapists, and certified athletic trainers.
    5878. 588The course is revised and reviewed for updates at least once every 30 months.
    6029. 603The course is available to the general public for a retail price under $50.
    61710. 618Each course examination is automated and taken online with a score of 80 percent or better for successful completion.
    637(3) 638Each person employed as a school nurse shall hold a license to practice nursing in the state, and each person employed as a school physician shall hold a license to practice medicine in the state.
    673(4) 674A commissioned or noncommissioned military officer who is an instructor of junior reserve officer training shall be exempt from requirements for teacher certification, except for the background screening pursuant to s. 7051012.32, 706if he or she meets the following qualifications:
    714(a) 715Is retired from active military duty, pursuant to chapter 102 of Title 10 U.S.C.
    729(b) 730Satisfies criteria established by the appropriate military service for certification by the service as a junior reserve officer training instructor.
    750(c) 751Has an exemplary military record.

    756If such instructor is assigned instructional duties other than junior reserve officer training, he or she shall hold the certificate required by law and rules of the state board for the type of service rendered.

History.-s. 727, ch. 2002-387; s. 15, ch. 2004-295; s. 1, ch. 2009-88; s. 34, ch. 2010-154; s. 7, ch. 2013-185.