Teacher and students

Out of Field

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    If you have been identified as teaching out-of-field, you are mandated to take inservice, college coursework, or the subject area exam (if applicable) in the out-of-field area prior to the end of April in the school year in which you were placed out-of-field. You must continue to complete out-of-field training each school year or until you have obtained the required certification.  See particulars below based on your out-of-field teaching assignment.  Note that failure to comply will impact your future placement/assignments up to including non-renewal of your contract.

    Your out-of-field record will remain open until you have added the out-of-field area to your certificate. Parent notification will be required to be sent home to the parents of the affected students.  Once you obtain the certificate reflecting the additional area, be sure to notify the representative for your location (see "About Us" for a full list) so your out-of-field record in SAP can be closed.  Note: no money is saved by waiting to add a certification area to your certificate when you submit your application for renewal and/or your initial professional certificate.  You are urged to apply immediately for the addition once you have met and can document the subject area requirements.

    Our professional teachers are continuously working on professional development to develop their teaching skills and increase their levels of content expertise.

    We are recognizing teachers who are expanding their expertise beyond their current certification by pursuing college coursework and/or training sessions to become certified or endorsed in another/other subject(s).  To view a list of teachers working on additional certification(s), please click here.  

    To access general information on out-of-field please click Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Out-of-Field

    OPTION 1:

    Complete six semester hours of college coursework to satisfy requirements for two of the following areas: (a), (b), (c), or (d) of the ASD Endorsement subject area requirements. Note: one of the courses you complete must include field experience. Details regarding the ASD Endorsement subject area requirements are found at the Florida Department of Education web site.

    Note that two years of full-time instructional experience in working with ASD students can be used to satisfy the remaining requirements after the six semester hours noted above have been completed. To document the experience your principal must complete and submit the Verification of Teaching Experience form. The form must document your experience in working with ASD students specifically. NOTE: The verification form must be submitted to the Talent Acquisition & Operations (Instructional) Department, Attn: Certification. DO NOT send the form to the Florida Department of Education as indicated on the form.

    OPTION 2:

    If you have a certificate in ESE and can document at least two years of full-time teaching experience with students with ASD between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2011 then you may use the experience to be considered as infield for the assignment. You must also have satisfactory evaluations during the period the experience was gained. Note that while using experience during the time period noted will make you infield, it will not enable you to add the ASD Endorsement to your certificate. To do so, you will need to complete the course requirements as outlined above in option one.

    If you can meet the experience requirement noted in this option, please have your principal submit an original letter, on school letterhead, indicating the period in which you gained the experience.  The letter must include a statement that you worked with ASD students and that you had satisfactory evaluations during the period.  The letter must be signed and dated by your principal and submitted to the Talent Acquisition & Operations (Instructional) Department; attn: Certification

  • ESOL Out-of-Field

    ESOL OUT-OF-FIELD*

    OPTION 1:

    Must complete required inservice or college coursework training according to the Multicultural Education Training Advocacy (META) timeline and per School Board Policy 4003.3. Training begins with the date of the initial contact with the English Language Learner (ELL). Go to the General ESOL portion of this web site for additional information on this requirement and links for how this requirement can be fulfilled for your specific ESOL Training Category.

    OPTION 2:

    Pass the ESOL subject area exam and add the subject to your certificate.  Note that to maintain the ESOL subject coverage on your certificate (when adding via a passing exam) you will need to complete two 60-point in-service courses (or six hours of college credit) in ESOL within three years of adding the subject of ESOL K-12 to your certificate.  Exam information and registration is obtained at the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) web site.

    NOTE:  If you feel you completed college courses that are applicable toward your ESOL training requirement, please submit a scanned copy of your transcripts reflecting the courses in question with a course description from the university for each of the courses in question.  Please submit as an email attachment to:  certificationrequests@browardschools.com  with the subject line "Review of Courses for ESOL".

  • Gifted Out-of-Field

    GIFTED OUT-OF-FIELD*

    Must complete 120 inservice points or six semester hours of college coursework toward obtaining the Gifted Endorsement prior to the end of April in the school year in which you were placed out-of-field. You must continue to complete the required 120 inservice points or six semester hours of out-of-field training each school year until you have added the out-of-field subject to your certificate.

    There are five courses needed to obtain the Gifted Endorsement. See additional information regarding training below.*

    • Curriculum & Development for the Gifted
    • Education of Special Populations
    • Guidance & Counseling for the Gifted
    • Nature & Needs of Students who are Gifted
    • Theory & Development of Creativity

  • Pre-Kindergarten Disabilities Out-of-Field

    OPTION 1:

    Complete six semester hours of college coursework to satisfy requirements for two of the following areas: (a), (b), or (c) of the Prekindergarten Disabilities Endorsement subject area requirements. Details regarding the Prekindergarten Disabilities Endorsement subject area requirements are found at the Florida Department of Education web site.

    Note that two years of full-time instructional experience in working with ESE students at the prek level can be used to satisfy the remaining requirements after the six semester hours noted above have been completed. Note that requirement (a) consists of a total of six hours and so a year of experience may be used in lieu of three or all six hours depending on the courses completed. To document the experience your principal must complete and submit the Verification of Teaching Experience form. The form must document your experience in working with ESE students at the prek level specifically. NOTE: The verification form must be submitted to the Talent Acquisition & Operations (Instructional) Department, Attn: Certification. DO NOT send the form to the Florida Department of Education as indicated on the form.

    OPTION 2:

    If you have a certificate in ESE and can document at least two years of full-time teaching experience with ESE students at the prek level between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2011 then you may use the experience to be considered as infield for the assignment. You must also have satisfactory evaluations during the period the experience was gained. Note that while using experience during the time period noted will make you infield, it will not enable you to add the Prekindergraten Disabilities Endorsement to your certificate. To do so, you will need to complete the course requirements as outlined above in option one.

    If you can meet the experience requirement noted in this option, please have your principal submit an original letter, on school letterhead, indicating the period in which you gained the experience.  The letter must include a statement that you worked with ESE students at the prek level and that you had satisfactory evaluations during the period.  The letter must be signed and dated by your principal and submitted to the Talent Acquisition & Operations (Instructional) Department; attn: Certification

    OPTION 3:

    Pass the Prek/Primary or Preschool Education subject area exam and add the subject to your certificate.  Note that if you hold a professional certificate you must pass the Prek/Primary or Preschool Education exam to meet requirements to add the subject to your certificate.  Exam information and registration is obtained at the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) web site.

  • Reading Out-of-Field

    Must complete 120 inservice points or six semester hours of college coursework toward obtaining the Reading Endorsement (or Reading Certification) prior to the end of April in the school year in which you were placed out-of-field. You must continue to complete the required 120 inservice points or six semester hours of out-of-field training each school year until you have added the out-of-field subject to your certificate.  You cannot take the subject area exam to satisfy the out-of-field requirement, as 30 semester hours of coursework in Reading is also needed to obtain Reading Certification. If working on the Endorsement, however, a subject area exam is not required and there are a total of five courses to complete.

    For more information, visit the Department of Literacy web site.

  • All Other Out-of-Field Assignments

    Must complete six semester hours of new college coursework in the out-of field assignment or take and pass the appropriate subject area exam prior to the end of April in the school year in which you were placed out-of-field. You must continue to complete out-of-field training each additional school year (if you do not pass the subject area exam or for areas where the option of adding by passing a subject area exam is not applicable).

    Test registration and test preparation information can be found on the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) web site.

    Once all training is complete, you must apply to have the subject area added to your certificate.