Florida Senate - 2022 CS for SB 896 By the Committee on Education; and Senator Burgess 581-02604-22 2022896c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to educator certification pathways for 3 veterans; amending s. 1012.56, F.S.; authorizing the 4 Department of Education to issue a temporary 5 certificate to specified military servicemembers who 6 meet certain criteria; requiring a teacher mentorship 7 for specified military servicemembers who hold a 8 temporary certificate; specifying the duration and 9 issuance of a temporary certificate for specified 10 military servicemembers; amending s. 1012.59, F.S.; 11 making a technical change; providing an effective 12 date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Subsection (7) of section 1012.56, Florida 17 Statutes, is amended to read: 18 1012.56 Educator certification requirements.— 19 (7) TYPES AND TERMS OF CERTIFICATION.— 20 (a) The Department of Education shall issue a professional 21 certificate for a period not to exceed 5 years to any applicant 22 who fulfills one of the following: 23 1. Meets all the applicable requirements outlined in 24 subsection (2). 25 2. For a professional certificate covering grades 6 through 26 12: 27 a. Meets the applicable requirements of paragraphs (2)(a) 28 (h). 29 b. Holds a master’s or higher degree in the area of 30 science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. 31 c. Teaches a high school course in the subject of the 32 advanced degree. 33 d. Is rated highly effective as determined by the teacher’s 34 performance evaluation under s. 1012.34, based in part on 35 student performance as measured by a statewide, standardized 36 assessment or an Advanced Placement, Advanced International 37 Certificate of Education, or International Baccalaureate 38 examination. 39 e. Achieves a passing score on the Florida professional 40 education competency examination required by state board rule. 41 3. Meets the applicable requirements of paragraphs (2)(a) 42 (h) and completes a professional preparation and education 43 competence program approved by the department pursuant to 44 paragraph (8)(c) or an educator preparation institute approved 45 by the department pursuant to s. 1004.85. An applicant who 46 completes one of these programs and is rated highly effective as 47 determined by his or her performance evaluation under s. 1012.34 48 is not required to take or achieve a passing score on the 49 professional education competency examination in order to be 50 awarded a professional certificate. 51 (b) The department shall issue a temporary certificate to 52 any applicant who: 53 1. Completes the requirements outlined in paragraphs 54 (2)(a)-(f) and completes the subject area content requirements 55 specified in state board rule or demonstrates mastery of subject 56 area knowledge pursuant to subsection (5) and holds an 57 accredited degree or a degree approved by the Department of 58 Education at the level required for the subject area 59 specialization in state board rule; or 60 2. For a subject area specialization for which the state 61 board otherwise requires a bachelor’s degree, documents 48 62 months of active-duty military service with an honorable 63 discharge or a medical separation; completes the requirements 64 outlined in paragraphs (2)(a), (b), (d), (e), and (f); completes 65 the subject area content requirements specified in state board 66 rule or demonstrates mastery of subject area knowledge pursuant 67 to subsection (5); and documents completion of 60 college 68 credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on 69 a 4.0 scale, as provided by one or more accredited institutions 70 of higher learning or a nonaccredited institution of higher 71 learning identified by the Department of Education as having a 72 quality program resulting in a bachelor’s degree or higher. 73 (c) The department shall issue one nonrenewable 2-year 74 temporary certificate and one nonrenewable 5-year professional 75 certificate to a qualified applicant who holds a bachelor’s 76 degree in the area of speech-language impairment to allow for 77 completion of a master’s degree program in speech-language 78 impairment. 79 (d) A person who is issued a temporary certificate under 80 subparagraph (b)2. must be assigned a teacher mentor for a 81 minimum of 2 school years after commencing employment. Each 82 teacher mentor selected by the school district, charter school, 83 or charter management organization must: 84 1. Hold a valid professional certificate issued pursuant to 85 s. 1012.56; 86 2. Have earned at least 3 years of teaching experience in 87 prekindergarten through grade 12; and 88 3. Have earned an effective or highly effective rating on 89 the prior year’s performance evaluation under s. 1012.34. 90 (e)1. A
eachtemporary certificate issued under 91 subparagraph (b)1. is valid for 3 school fiscal years and is 92 nonrenewable. 93 2. A temporary certificate issued under subparagraph (b)2. 94 is valid for 5 school fiscal years, is limited to a one-time 95 issuance, and is nonrenewable. 96 97 At least 1 year before an individual’s temporary certificate is 98 set to expire, the department shall electronically notify the 99 individual of the date on which his or her certificate will 100 expire and provide a list of each method by which the 101 qualifications for a professional certificate can be completed. 102 The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to allow the 103 department to extend the validity period of a temporary 104 certificate for 2 years when the requirements for the 105 professional certificate were not completed due to the serious 106 illness or injury of the applicant, the military service of an 107 applicant’s spouse, other extraordinary extenuating 108 circumstances, or if the certificateholder is rated highly 109 effective in the immediate prior year’s performance evaluation 110 pursuant to s. 1012.34 or has completed a 2-year mentorship 111 program pursuant to s. 1012.56(8). The department shall extend 112 the temporary certificate upon approval by the Commissioner of 113 Education. A written request for extension of the certificate 114 shall be submitted by the district school superintendent, the 115 governing authority of a university lab school, the governing 116 authority of a state-supported school, or the governing 117 authority of a private school. 118 Section 2. Paragraph (c) of subsection (3) of section 119 1012.59, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 120 1012.59 Certification fees.— 121 (3) The State Board of Education shall waive initial 122 general knowledge, professional education, and subject area 123 examination fees and certification fees for: 124 (c) An honorably discharged veteran of the United States 125 Armed Forces or a veteran of a reserve component thereof who126 served on active dutyand the spouse or surviving spouse of such 127 a veteran. 128 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.