• Governor DeSantis Invites Veterans To Become Florida Teachers

    August 13, 2022
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    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has created an innovated way for veterans to get involved in Florida education.

    The press release is below:

    With more than 1.7 million military veterans, Governor Ron DeSantis is encouraging veterans to apply for a temporary teaching certificate through a new program to help recruit qualified military veterans to join schools across the state. The Military Veterans Certification Pathway program is made possible through unanimous bipartisan support of legislation passed during the 2022 legislative session and signed by Governor DeSantis. The State Board of Education will consider a rule formally implementing the program at their August 17th meeting.

    “Florida is the most veteran- and military-friendly state in the nation,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “We also know that our veterans have talents and skills that they can offer our students. This new opportunity expands Florida’s existing programs that help our veterans take their talents to our schools, and it will help Florida remain a national leader in education.”

    The proposed rule will allow military veterans to obtain a 5-year temporary teaching certificate without a bachelor’s degree, provided the following criteria are met:

    • Minimum of 48 months of military service with an honorable/medical discharge;
    • Minimum of 60 college credits with a 2.5 grade point average;
    • Passing score on a Florida subject area examination;
    • Employment in a Florida school district, including charter schools; and
    • Cleared background screening.

    Additionally, veterans who successfully obtain their 5-year teaching certificate:

    • Will be assigned a mentor teacher for a minimum of two years to support their classroom endeavors;
    • Must also earn their bachelor’s degree during the 5-year period to be eligible for a full professional certificate;
    • May not teach subject areas that require a master’s degree; and
    • Cannot renew the 5-year temporary teaching certificate once it expires.

    The Military Veterans’ Certificate Pathway program does not apply to military spouses or families.

    To watch a video of Governor DeSantis discussing the program, click here.

    To learn more about this program, visit www.fldoe.org/veterans.

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