Florida Senate - 2016 CS for SB 432 By the Committee on Education Pre-K - 12; and Senator Hutson 581-02368-16 2016432c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to teacher certification; amending s. 3 1012.56, F.S.; providing alternative requirements for 4 earning a professional educator certificate that 5 covers certain grades; providing an effective date. 6 7 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 8 9 Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (7) of section 10 1012.56, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 11 1012.56 Educator certification requirements.— 12 (7) TYPES AND TERMS OF CERTIFICATION.— 13 (a) The Department of Education shall issue a professional 14 certificate for a period not to exceed 5 years to any applicant 15 who meets all the requirements outlined in subsection (2) or, 16 for a professional certificate covering grades 6 through 12, any 17 applicant who: 18 1. Meets the requirements of paragraphs (2)(a)-(h). 19 2. Holds a master’s or higher degree in the area of 20 science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. 21 3. Teaches a high school course in the subject of the 22 advanced degree. 23 4. Is rated highly effective as determined by the teacher’s 24 performance evaluation under s. 1012.34, based in part on 25 student performance as measured by a statewide, standardized 26 assessment or an Advanced Placement, Advanced International 27 Certificate of Education, or International Baccalaureate 28 examination. 29 5. Achieves a passing score on the Florida professional 30 education competency examination required by state board rule. 31 32 Each temporary certificate is valid for 3 school fiscal years 33 and is nonrenewable. However, the requirement in paragraph 34 (2)(g) must be met within 1 calendar year of the date of 35 employment under the temporary certificate. Individuals who are 36 employed under contract at the end of the 1 calendar year time 37 period may continue to be employed through the end of the school 38 year in which they have been contracted. A school district shall 39 not employ, or continue the employment of, an individual in a 40 position for which a temporary certificate is required beyond 41 this time period if the individual has not met the requirement 42 of paragraph (2)(g). The State Board of Education shall adopt 43 rules to allow the department to extend the validity period of a 44 temporary certificate for 2 years when the requirements for the 45 professional certificate, not including the requirement in 46 paragraph (2)(g), were not completed due to the serious illness 47 or injury of the applicant or other extraordinary extenuating 48 circumstances. The department shall reissue the temporary 49 certificate for 2 additional years upon approval by the 50 Commissioner of Education. A written request for reissuance of 51 the certificate shall be submitted by the district school 52 superintendent, the governing authority of a university lab 53 school, the governing authority of a state-supported school, or 54 the governing authority of a private school. 55 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.