The Florida Department of Education requires 6 semester hours of college credit to include at least 1 semester hour in teaching students with disabilities during each renewal period. The Florida Department of Education has guidelines concerning acceptable college credit equivalencies for Renewal, including guidelines for obtaining approval on the fldoe.org website.
Acceptable College Credit Equivalencies for Renewal that apply to Model Teaching Courses:
- College level credits used for certificate renewal must be awarded by an accredited or approved institution, or the American Council on Education (ACE), and must be reflected on an official transcript.
Regional Accrediting Associations Acceptable According to Florida Department of Education:
Regional accrediting associations. The regional accrediting associations are as follows:
- The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
- The New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
- The North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
- The Western Association of Schools & Colleges
Model Teaching offers courses provided through regionally-accredited Humboldt State University and Seattle Pacific University. These institutions are accredited by WASC-ACSCU (The Western Association of Schools & Colleges) and NWCCU (Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities) respectively. Our University-Partnered Courses are acceptable for Florida teacher license renewal and Professional Development requirement hours according to The Florida Department of Education. All courses completed through our academic partners will include access to an official transcript from that academic institution for submission to any license-granting authority.
If you would still like to confirm approval of a course, please complete and mail our Request Course Approval form to the Florida Department of Education.
Professional Development topics appropriate for renewal include, but are not limited to:
- Teaching students with disabilities (SWD)
- Exceptional student education
- Content specific to the subject area(s)
- Methods or education strategies specific to the subject area(s)
- Methods of teaching reading and literacy skills acquisition
- Computer literacy, computer applications, or computer education
- ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
- Drug abuse, child abuse and neglect, or student dropout prevention
- Training related to the goals of the Florida K-20 System, such as: Content -
- English, economics, mathematics, science, social sciences, foreign languages, humanities, global economy, technology, ecology, first aid, health, or safety.
- Classroom Strategies - Cooperative learning, problem-solving skills, critical-thinking skills, classroom management, child development, collaboration techniques for working with families, social services, child guidance and counseling, teaching reading, or educational assessments, etc.
- School Administration Accountability - Instructional design, leadership skills, school and community relations, school finance, school facilities, school law, or school organization
- Career and Adult Education Accountability - Adult learning, principles of adult or career and technical education, career and technical education for students with special needs, or career and technical guidance
REFERENCE: Florida Department of Education
*The information on this page was last updated 3/2019. Please refer to the Florida Department of Education web page for the most accurate and current information on Florida teacher recertification requirements.
PLEASE NOTE: The content provided on this page is solely provided for informational purposes and does not exempt users from their responsibility to ensure that our courses meet their state’s continuing education requirements. Please check with your state certification agency for up-to-date policies for teacher certification renewal/continuing education and use our Request Course Approval form if you want to confirm use of one of our courses for your professional development, continuing education, or clock hour requirements.
Online Professional Development Courses for Florida Teachers
Model Teaching offers Online & Live Professional Development Courses, as well as online Academic Credit courses provided through our University Partners.
Professional Development Courses
Professional Development Courses
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