About Certification

Find all the information you need concerning your teaching certification. If you have any questions about this information, please contact one of our staff below.

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Professional Certificate Renewal Information

How to Renew Your Professional Certificate

Adding to a Teaching Certificate

Add a Subject Area or Endorsement

Temporary Certificate

Eligibility, Courses, Testing & Upgrading

Hot off the Press!! - Master’s Degree can waive GK Test!!!

Per House Bill 1159: Effective July 1, 2021, completion of a master’s degree or higher from an accredited postsecondary institution recognized by the Department of Education will satisfy the General Knowledge Test requirement.

IMPORTANT:

  • Official master transcript must be on file with the FLDOE prior to the initial application or the application to upgrade to the professional certificate is evaluated by the FLDOE
  • Request to have your college/university submit an official master transcript to the FLDOE

Testing Information

Upgrade to the Professional Certificate

Please follow the 3 Steps listed below to upgrade to the professional certificate when one of the following occurs:

  • During the last year of your temporary certificate (Expires in June of the current SY), or
  • All requirements listed on your SOE have been met.

Step 1: Go to Florida Department of Education’s website: https://flcertify.fldoe.org/datamart/login.do

Step 2: Log into your VERSA account.

Step 3: Choose the “Upgrade to Professional Certificate” application.

  • Complete the application

Include all coverages that are currently on your temporary certificate.
Document at least one year of teaching experience.

  •  Submit the application fee of $75.00 directly to the FLDOE.

FTCE Study Resources: 240 Tutoring

240 Tutoring partners with the PCPS Recruitment and Teacher Engagement Office to offer all PCPS teachers and teacher candidates a 50% discount for access to all study guides. Email teacherengagement@polk-fl.net for additional information.

240 Tutoring study guides are comprehensive reviews of the ideas and concepts of each exam. 240 Tutoring also provides full-length practice exams. As a user, you will have access to instructional content, flashcards, quizzes, diagnostic tests, and practice tests.

If a user scores 90% on a Practice Test but fails the exam, then they are eligible for a money-back refund of up to 2 months of their subscription (see Terms of Use for details). 

Contact Information

Office of Certification |  Polk County Public Schools
1907 South Floral Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33831
certificationoffice@polk-fl.netpolkschoolsfl.com

Cheryl Hill

Director of Recruitment and Certification

Karen Pfister

Senior Coordinator

Susan Collier

Certification Specialist

Sherri Davis

Certification Specialist

Claudia Lazano

Certification Specialist

Krystal Vargas

Certification Specialist