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Florida Department of Education
Educator Certification
Turlington Building, Suite 201
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

Phone: 1-800-445-6739 (toll free) or 1-850-245-5049 (outside U.S.)

Florida Department of Education:

Certification Requirements

Teacher Licensure Needed: Yes

Master's Degree Needed: No

Praxis II Library Media Content Test Needed: No

Other Testing Needed: Yes, Florida Teacher Certification Exams – Professional Education; General Knowledge; Subject Area – Educational Media Specialist

Description: The Educational Media Specialist (PK-12) is classified as a Professional Service Area. Florida provides two types of licensure (

Evaluation Process for Licensure:

Criteria for eligibility for a licensure includes two plans:

  • Plan One: A bachelor's or higher degree with an undergraduate or graduate major in educational media or library science.
  • Plan Two: A bachelor's or higher degree with thirty semester hours in educational media or library science to include credit in these areas: Management, Collection Development, Resources, Reference Sources and Services, Organization of Collections, and Design and Production.

Reciprocity: Florida has two reciprocity routes for certified teachers and administrators to qualify for our Professional Certificate.

Route 1: Valid Standard Certificate Issued by a State Other than Florida

  • The certificate shall be the valid standard educator's certificate issued by that state which is comparable to a Florida Professional Certificate, and
  • Be issued in a subject comparable to a Florida certification subject, and
  • Require the same or higher level of training required for certification in that subject in Florida, and
  • The certificate must be currently valid (not expired or revoked).

Route 2: Certificate Issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

  • The NBPTS certificate must be currently valid.
  • The Florida certificate will reflect the Florida subject considered comparable to the NBPTS subject.

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