In an effort to increase the number of
highly effective teachers and improve student rates of
learning, the Florida Department of Education (DOE) is
requiring that selected teachers of students with autism
spectrum disorder or prekindergarten children with
disabilities have specialized training. Affected teachers
will be required to obtain an endorsement corresponding with
the population they teach beginning July 1, 2011, if they
are unable to document appropriate experience (see below).
Click here for specific training requirements: http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/certification/ESE_Endorsements.pdf
for information on coursework opportunities.
If employed at a Broward County
Public School as a full-time teacher, have administrator complete a letter on official
school letterhead documenting the following and submit
to the district certification office:
(a) teacher's first and last name,
(b) teacher's certification,
(c) the number of years of teaching
either students with Autism Spectrum Disorder or
Prekindergarten Students with Disabilities (must be at
least two full years of contracted teaching), and (d) verification that the
experience was earned between July 1, 2006 and June 30,
community agency and charter school employees should
maintain documentation in their school's FTE audit file.
Do not send to district certification office.
A maximum of two years of appropriate teaching experience
to replace up to six semester hours of coursework may
be granted; Department of Education will determine if
experience is appropriate – not the Broward Certification
Teaching Experience Verification form and SEND
TO BROWARD CERTIFICATION OFFICE for electronic
processing to the Department of Education. DO NOT SEND
to the Bureau of Education Certification in Tallahassee
as indicated on the form.
- Submit application for endorsement to Department of
Education with $75 fee and official transcripts for any