Teacher and students

Out of Field General Information

  • If you have been identified as teaching out-of-field, you are mandated to take inservice, college coursework, the subject area exam (if applicable), or document a minimum of 100 points through an Infield Status Rubric (for select subject areas) 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, passed the subject area exam (if applicable), or have an approved Infield Status Rubric (select subject areas) on file in the subject area.  Note that failure to comply will impact your future placement/assignments up to including non-renewal of your contract.

    Parent notification is required to be provided to the parents of all affected students.  Once you obtain the certificate reflecting the additional subject area, be certain to notify our department through  certificationrequests@browardschools.com so your out-of-field record can be closed.  Note: No money is saved by waiting to add a certification area to your certificate at the time 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 the subject area requirements.

    The out-of-field reporting periods for the 2019-2020 school year are:

    • Survey 2, FTE 10/7/19 to 10/11/19
    • Survey 3, FTE 2/3/20 to 2/7/20

     

    Subject Area Exam Preparation:

    Pearson Education

    Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) exam guides.  This site is also where you would register for any of the exams.

     

    Certification Preparation Courses; offered through Coaching and Induction:

    Teachers who need to pass the General Knowledge Exam or Professional Education Exam have the opportunity to enroll in face-to-face preparation courses. Teachers must attend the entire session of the preparation courses to receive a voucher to take the exam. For more information please contact Christopher Gates at christopher.gates@browardschools.com

     

    Subject Area Exam Review Book

    Teachers who are on a temporary certificate who request the appropriate Exam Review Book will be able to check out the book for 30 days. Teachers will then take a post-test and with a score of at least 70% a voucher will be provided to take the exam. For more information please contact Angela Peterson at angela.t.peterson@browardschools.com

     

    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).  

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

    OUT-OF-FIELD TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:

    If you have been identified as teaching out-of-field in Autism, you are mandated to take a minimum of six semester hours of college coursework in Autism Spectrum Disorder 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 certification in Autism Spectrum Disorder.  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 Autism Spectrum Disorder 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 Autism Spectrum Disorder, be sure to notify certificationrequests@browardschools.com so your out-of-field record 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.


    REQUIREMENTS TO ADD AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER:

    NOTE: You must hold certification in ESE to be eligible (after completion of all subject area requirements) to add this area to your certificate.

    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

    Once you have completed all courses required to add the Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement you will need to submit an application, fee, and official transcripts (indicating completion of the required courses) to the Florida Department of Education for the addition.  

    NOTE: The Infield Status Rubric is not an option for satisfying out-of-field requirements in the subject of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

  • Educational Media Specialist

    OUT-OF-FIELD TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:

    If you have been identified as teaching out-of-field as an Educational Media Specialist, you are mandated to satisfy out-of-field training requirements through one of the following methods:

    • completion of a minimum of six semester hours of college coursework in Educational Media 
    • passing the subject area exam for Educational Media Specialist
    • documenting 100 points through the Infield Status Rubric 

    One of the above methods must be completed 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 certification in Educational Media Specialist (or have documented infield status).  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 certification in Educational Media Specialist or have documented infield status. Parent notification will be required to be sent home to the parents of the affected students while you are considered out-of-field.  Once you obtain the certificate reflecting Educational Media Specialist, be sure to notify certificationrequests@browardschools.com so your out-of-field record 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


    REQUIREMENTS TO ADD EDUCATIONAL MEDIA SPECIALIST:

    Pass the subject area exam for Educational Media Specialist and add the subject to your certificate.  Information and registration for the subject area exam is found at the Florida Teacher Certification Exams web site.

    Once you have passed the subject area exam you will need to submit an application and fee to the Florida Department of Education and fee (paid through the district) for the addition.  For complete steps on submitting the addition application and fee go to Talent Acquisition and Operations, Instructional web site and click on "Florida Certificate Additions".

     


    INFIELD STATUS OPTION

    Board Policy 4003.4 establishes the infield designation option for teachers out-of-field in bachelor-level subject areas (excludes Athletic Coaching, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Driver Education, ESOL, Orientation and Mobility, Prek Disabilities, Severe and Profound Disabilities, Reading, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, and Speech-Language Impaired).

    Teachers may use the Infield Status Rubric to document experience and training as an Educational Media Specialist.  A minimum of 100 points must be achieved with documented experience and a classroom observation rating of effective or higher required.  Additional points are required in specific professional development (district in-service) in Educational Media.  

    The Infield Status Rubric must be received by December 18, 2019 to allow time for review.  You will receive a response regarding your submitted rubric by February 7, 2020.

    NOTE: Approval of an Infield Status Rubric in Educational Media Specialist does not enable you to add certification in Educational Media to your certificate, however, it is sufficient for documentation of infield status in Educational Media Specialist and for satisfaction of out-of-field requirements in the area.  A Broward County Public Schools Infield Status Rubric is acceptable in Broward County only.  

  • Elementary Education

    OUT-OF-FIELD TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:

    If you have been identified as teaching out-of-field in Elementary Education (this includes ESE teachers teaching through access courses), you are mandated to satisfy out-of-field training requirements by one of the following methods:

    • completion of a minimum of six semester hours of college coursework in Elementary Education
    • passing (all portions of) the Elementary Education subject area exam
    • documenting 100 points through the Infield Status Rubric 

    One of the above methods must be completed 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 certification in Elementary Education (or have documented infield status).  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 Elementary Education to your certificate or have documented infield status. Parent notification will be required to be sent home to the parents of the affected students while you are considered out-of-field.  Once you obtain the certificate reflecting Elementary Education (for those passing the subject area exam), be sure to notify certificationrequests@browardschools.com so your out-of-field record 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


    REQUIREMENTS TO ADD ELEMENTARY EDUCATION:

    Pass all portions of the Elementary Education subject area exam and add the subject to your certificate.  Information and registration for the subject area exam is found at the Florida Teacher Certification Exams web site.

    Once you have passed the Elementary Education subject area exam you will need to submit an application and fee to the Florida Department of Education and fee (paid through the district) for the addition.  For complete steps on submitting the addition application and fee go to Talent Acquisition and Operations, Instructional (click on "Florida Certificate Additions).


    INFIELD STATUS OPTION

    Board Policy 4003.4 establishes the infield designation option for teachers out-of-field in bachelor-level subject areas (excludes Athletic Coaching, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Driver Education, ESOL, Orientation and Mobility, Prek Disabilities, Severe and Profound Disabilities, Reading, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, and Speech-Language Impaired).

    Teachers may use the Infield Status Rubric  to document experience and training in Elementary Education.  A minimum of 100 points must be achieved with documented experience and a classroom observation rating of effective or higher required.  Additional points may be obtained in professional development (district in-service) and college coursework in Elementary Education.  Lesson plans in the areas of math, science, ELA (Modeled Interactive Read Aloud), and social studies are mandatory as well. One set of plans for each content area will suffice for years of experience.

    Resources:

    • Access the Elementary Learning Curriculum in Canvas under "Standards" or grade level pages to gain a better perspective on content, standards, lesson plans, and activities for ELA, Science, Math, and/or Social Studies, or "Balanced Literacy" for examples of IRAs.
    • For ELA IRAs, review additional information on Strategic Actions 
    • Lesson plan activities must be aligned to the K-6 General Education standards
    • Submissions must include all criteria on the lesson plan template
    • Submissions must be an original developed by you
    • May not submit an lesson plan created by the district or an adopted materials vendor (i.e., Go Math, STEMscopes, etc.) or that another colleague has written and/or submitted or that was created by or for a College/University

    Templates for math, science, English language arts/reading, and social studies are available to guide you.  Lesson plans must be your original work, may not be copied verbatim from the district examples, may not be copied from a colleague's lesson plan, and must include all criteria indicated on the lesson plan example.  Do not fill in the points awarded on the rubric - when you rubric is received and evaluated, points will be notated on the form.

    The Infield Status Rubric must be received by December 18, 2019 to allow time for review.  You will receive a response regarding your submitted rubric by February 7, 2020.  Submit the Infield Status Rubric with all requested documentation to:  elementaryinfield@browardschools.com 

    NOTE: Approval of an Infield Status Rubric in Elementary Education does not enable you to add the subject of Elementary Education to your certificate, however, it is sufficient for documentation of infield status in Elementary Education and for satisfaction of out-of-field requirements in Elementary Education.  A Broward County Public Schools Infield Status Rubric is acceptable in Broward County only.  

  • ESOL Category 1

    OUT-OF-FIELD TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:

    If you have been identified as teaching out-of-field in ESOL Category 1, you are mandated to complete ESOL courses within the timeline outlined below 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 certification in ESOL.  Note that failure to comply will impact your future placement/assignments up to including non-renewal of your contract.

    State mandated training in ESOL Category 1 begins the day and month you are assigned an ESOL student. Should your teaching assignment change, you must continue to complete requirements per the timeline below. Failure to do so will result in your non-renewal. 

    First two school years› 3 semester hours or 60 inservice points

    Year 3 › 6 semester hours or 120 inservice points

    Year 4 › 9 semester hours or 180 inservice points

    Year 5 › 12 semester hours or 240 inservice points

    Year 6 › 15 semester hours or 300 inservice points

    Your out-of-field record will remain open until you have added ESOL 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 ESOL, be sure to notify certificationrequests@browardschools.com so your out-of-field record 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.


    REQUIREMENTS TO ADD ESOL:

    OPTION 1:

    Must complete required courses as district in-service or college coursework according to the timeline indicated above. Training timeline begins with the date of the initial contact with the English Language Learner (ELL). Listed below are the specific courses required to obtain the ESOL Endorsement.

    15 semester hours, 300 inservice points, or a combination of both in ESOL with a credit in:

    • Methods of teaching English to speakers of other languages
    • ESOL curriculum and materials development
    • Cross-cultural communication and understanding
    • Testing and evaluation of ESOL
    • Applied linguistics

    If you feel you completed some of the required courses as college coursework, submit a scanned copy of your transcripts reflecting the courses in question with a course description from the university for each of the courses.  Please submit as an email attachment to:  certificationrequests@browardschools.com  with the subject line "Review of Courses for ESOL".

    Once you have completed all courses required to add the ESOL Endorsement (if completed via district in-service courses) you will need to submit an application to the Florida Department of Education and fee (paid through the district) for the addition.  For complete steps on submitting the addition application and fee go to Talent Acquisition and Operations, Instructional (click on "Florida Certificate Additions).

    If the courses were completed as college credit, you will need to submit an application, fee, and official transcripts (showing completion of the ESOL courses) to the Florida Department of Education.

    If you elect to complete ESOL Category 1 training requirements as district in-service, it is imperative that you register as soon as possible for the course(s) as courses fill up quickly.  Register for courses through Learning Across Broward (LAB).   NOTE: If the course you attempt to register for is full, please email BVU@browardschools.com to request to be placed on a waiting list.

    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.

    Once you have passed the ESOL subject area exam you will need to submit an application and fee to the Florida Department of Education and fee (paid through the district) for the addition.  For complete steps on submitting the addition application and fee go to Talent Acquisition and Operations, Instructional (click on "Florida Certificate Additions).

    NOTE: The Infield Status Rubric is not an option for satisfying out-of-field requirements in the subject of ESOL.

  • Gifted

    OUT-OF-FIELD TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:

    If you have been identified as teaching out-of-field in Gifted, you are mandated to satisfy out-of-field training requirements through one of the following methods:

    • completion of a minimum of 120 points in district in-service or six semester hours of college coursework in Gifted
    • document 100 points through the Infield Status Rubric 

    One of the above methods musr be completed 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 certification in Gifted.  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 Gifted 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 Gifted Endorsement, be sure to notify certificationrequests@browardschools.com so your out-of-field record 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.


    REQUIREMENTS TO ADD GIFTED:

    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 Gifted Endorsement to your certificate.

    There are five courses needed to obtain the Gifted Endorsement. 

    • 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

    Once you have completed all courses required to add the Gifted Endorsement (if completed via district in-service courses) you will need to submit an application to the Florida Department of Education and fee (paid through the district) for the addition.  For complete steps on submitting the addition application and fee go to Talent Acquisition and Operations, Instructional (click on "Florida Certificate Additions).

    If the courses were completed as college credit, you will need to submit an application, fee, and official transcripts (showing completion of the Gifted courses) to the Florida Department of Education.

    If you elect to complete Gifted training requirements as district in-service, it is imperative that you register as soon as possible for the course(s) as courses fill up quickly.  Register for courses through Learning Across Broward (LAB).   NOTE: If the course you attempt to register for is full, please email BVU@browardschools.com to request to be placed on a waiting list.


    INFIELD STATUS OPTION  

    Board Policy 4003.4 establishes the infield designation option for teachers out-of-field in bachelor-level subject areas (excludes Athletic Coaching, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Driver Education, ESOL, Orientation and Mobility, Prek Disabilities, Severe and Profound Disabilities, Reading, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, and Speech-Language Impaired).

    Teachers may use the Gifted Infield Status Rubric to document experience and training in Gifted.  A minimum of 100 points must be achieved with documented experience and a classroom observation rating of effective or higher required.  Training (district in-service) in professional development for Gifted is mandatory.  Additional mandatory requirements will be listed here as the rubric for Gifted is finalized.

    The Infield Status Rubric must be received by December 18, 2019 to allow time for review.  You will receive a response regarding your submitted rubric by February 7, 2020.

    NOTE: Approval of an Infield Status Rubric in Gifted does not enable you to add the subject of Gifted to your certificate, however, it is sufficient for documentation of infield status in Gifted and for satisfaction of out-of-field requirements in Gifted.  A Broward County Public Schools Infield Status Rubric is acceptable in Broward County only. 

  • Orientation and Mobility

    OUT-OF-FIELD TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:

    If you have been identified as teaching out-of-field in Orientation and Mobility, you are mandated to take a minimum of six semester hours of college coursework in Orientation and Mobility 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 certification in Orientation and Mobility.  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 Orientation and Mobility 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 Orientation and Mobility, be sure to notify certificationrequests@browardschools.com so your out-of-field record 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.


    REQUIREMENTS TO ADD ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY:

    NOTE: You must hold certification in Visually Impaired to be eligible (after completion of all subject area requirements) to add this area to your certificate.

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

    Note that teaching experience cannot be used toward satisfaction of any of the listed requirements for this subject area.

    Once you have completed all courses required to add the Orientation and Mobility Endorsement you will need to submit an application, fee, and official transcripts (indicating completion of the required courses) to the Florida Department of Education for the addition.  

    NOTE: The Infield Status Rubric is not an option for satisfying out-of-field requirements in the subject of Orientation and Mobility

  • Pre-Kindergarten Disabilities

    OUT-OF-FIELD TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:

    If you have been identified as teaching out-of-field in Prek Disabilities, you are mandated to satisfy out-of-field training requirements through one of the following methods:

    • completion of six semester hours of college coursework in Prek Disabilities
    • passing the Prek/Primary or Preschool Education subject area exam 
    • documenting at least two years of full-time teaching experience with ESE students at the prek level (experience must have been completed between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2011)

    One of the above methods must be completed 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 certification in Prek Disabilities. 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 Prek Disabilities 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 Prek Disabilities, be sure to notify certificationrequests@browardschools.com so your out-of-field record 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.


    REQUIREMENTS TO ADD PREK DISABILITIES:

    OPTION 1

    NOTE: You must hold certification in ESE, Preschool Education, Primary Education, or Prek/Primary Education to be eligible (after completion of all subject area requirements) to add this area to your certificate.

    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 what areas the college courses satisfy. 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.

    Once you have completed all courses required to add the Prek Disabilities Endorsement you will need to submit an application, fee, and official transcripts (indicating completion of the required nine semester hours) to the Florida Department of Education for the addition.

    OPTION 2:

    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. 


    ADDITIONAL OPTION

    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 (experience must have been completed 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

    NOTE: The Infield Status Rubric is not an option for satisfying out-of-field requirements in the subject of Prek Disabilities.

  • Reading

    OUT-OF-FIELD TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:

    If you have been identified as teaching out-of-field in Reading, you are mandated to take a minimum of 120 points in district in-service or six semester hours of college coursework in Reading 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 certification in Reading.  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 Reading 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 Reading, be sure to notify certificationrequests@browardschools.com so your out-of-field record 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


    REQUIREMENTS TO ADD READING:

    There are five courses needed to obtain the Reading Endorsement. 

    • Foundations of Literacy
    • Application of Research-Based Literacy Practices
    • Foundations of Literacy Assessment
    • Differentiated Reading Instruction
    • Demonstration of Accomplished Practices

    Once you have completed all courses required to add the Reading Endorsement (if completed via district in-service courses) you will need to submit an application to the Florida Department of Education and fee (paid through the district) for the addition.  For complete steps on submitting the addition application and fee go to Talent Acquisition and Operations, Instructional (click on "Florida Certificate Additions).

    If the courses were completed as college credit, you will need to submit an application, fee, and official transcripts (showing completion of the Reading courses) to the Florida Department of Education.

    If you elect to complete Reading training requirements as district in-service, it is imperative that you register as soon as possible for the course(s) as courses fill up quickly.  Register for courses through Learning Across Broward (LAB).   NOTE: If the course you attempt to register for is full, please email BVU@browardschools.com to request to be placed on a waiting list.

    NOTE: The Infield Status Rubric is not an option for satisfying out-of-field requirements in the subject of Reading.

  • Severe or Profound Disabilities

    OUT-OF-FIELD TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:

    If you have been identified as teaching out-of-field in Severe or Profound Disabilities, you are mandated to take a minimum of six semester hours of college coursework in Severe or Profound Disabilities 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 certification in Severe or Profound Disabilities.   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 Severe or Profound Disabilities 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 Severe or Profound Disabilities, be sure to notify certificationrequests@browardschools.com so your out-of-field record 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.


    REQUIREMENTS TO ADD SEVERE OR PROFOUND DISABILITIES:

    NOTE: You must hold certification in ESE to be eligible (after completion of all subject area requirements) to add this area to your certificate.

    Complete six semester hours of college coursework to satisfy requirements for two of the following areas: (a), (b), or (c) of the Severe or Profound Disabilities Endorsement subject area requirements. Details regarding the Severe or Profound 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 with severe or profound disabilities can be used to satisfy the remaining requirements after the six semester hours noted above have been completed. Note that requirement (c) 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 what areas the college courses you have completed satisfy. 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 with severe or profound disabilities 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.

    Once you have completed all courses required to add Severe or Profound Disabilities you will need to submit an application, fee, and official transcripts (indicating completion of the required courses) to the Florida Department of Education for the addition.

    NOTE: The Infield Status Rubric is not an option for satisfying out-of-field requirements in the subject of Severe or Profound Disabilities

  • World Languages

    OUT-OF-FIELD TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:

    If you have been identified as teaching out-of-field in a World Language, you are mandated to satisfy out-of-field training requirements through one of the following methods:

    • completion of a minimum of six semester hours of college coursework in the specific language
    • passing the subject area exam in the specific language (where a subject area exam is developed)
    • completion of an acceptable program or exams in the specific language per one of the options listed further down this page (where a subject area exam is not developed)
    • documenting 100 points through the Infield Status Rubric 

    One of the above methods must be completed 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 certification in the language (or have documented infield status).  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 certification in the specific language or have documented infield status. Parent notification will be required to be sent home to the parents of the affected students while you are considered out-of-field.  Once you obtain the certificate reflecting the specific language, be sure to notify certificationrequests@browardschools.com so your out-of-field record 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


    REQUIREMENTS TO ADD A WORLD LANGUAGE:

    FOR LANGUAGES WHERE A SUBJECT AREA EXAM HAS BEEN DEVELOPED: (French, German, Latin, and Spanish)

    Pass the subject area exam in the specific world language and add the subject to your certificate.  Information and registration for the subject area exam is found at the Florida Teacher Certification Exams web site.

    Once you have passed the subject area exam you will need to submit an application and fee to the Florida Department of Education and fee (paid through the district) for the addition.  For complete steps on submitting the addition application and fee go to Talent Acquisition and Operations, Instructional web site and click on "Florida Certificate Additions.

    FOR LANGUAGES WHERE NO SUBJECT AREA EXAM HAS BEEN DEVELOPED: (all other languages not listed above)

    OPTION 1:

    Documentation of completion of the Basic Program of the Defense Language Institute of the United States Department of Defense (DLIFLC) in the specific language.  Acceptable DLIFLC programs are the Basic (Code 01), Intermediate (Code 06), and the Advanced  (Code 07).  Please visit the DLIFLC web site to obtain information on this option.

    If you have completed one of the acceptable DLIFLC programs in a language for which you are out-of-field and in an area where there is no subject area exam developed, then please submit a copy of the program completion certificate to certificationrequests@browardschools.com as an email attachment with the subject "World Language OOF Training Documentation".  The Talent Acquisition and Operations, Instructional Department will then submit a verification (known as a CT114) to the Florida Department of Education to verify completion of requirements to add the subject area.

    You will need to submit an application and fee to the Florida Department of Education to add the subject.

    OPTION 2:

    Documentation of passing the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) oral proficiency exam and written proficiency exam above the intermediate level in the specific language.

    If you have passed both the oral and written proficiency exams above the intermediate level in a language for which you are out-of-field and in an area where there is no subject area exam developed, then please submit a copy of the oral and written proficiency certificates along with an application and fee to the Florida Department of Education to add the subject.


    INFIELD STATUS OPTION

    Board Policy 4003.4 establishes the infield designation option for teachers out-of-field in bachelor-level subject areas (excludes Athletic Coaching, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Driver Education, ESOL, Orientation and Mobility, Prek Disabilities, Severe and Profound Disabilities, Reading, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, and Speech-Language Impaired).

    Teachers may use the Infield Status Rubric to document experience and training in a World Language.  A minimum of 100 points must be achieved with documented experience and a classroom observation rating of effective or higher required.  Additional points may be obtained in professional development (district in-service) and college coursework in the specific language.  Passing the district's approved World Language Proficiency Screener in the specific language is mandatory.  Email blanca.guerra@browardschools.com to make an appointment to take the screener.  If no screener is available in the specific language you are out-of-field in, you cannot use the infield option.  Do not fill in the points awarded on the rubric - when you rubric is received and evaluated, points will be notated on the form.

    The Infield Status Rubric must be received by December 18, 2019 to allow time for review.  You will receive a response regarding your submitted rubric by February 7, 2020.

    NOTE: Approval of an Infield Status Rubric in a World Language does not enable you to add certification in the specific language to your certificate, however, it is sufficient for documentation of infield status in the language and for satisfaction of out-of-field requirements in the language.  A Broward County Public Schools Infield Status Rubric is acceptable in Broward County only.  

  • All Other Out-of-Field Subjects

    OUT-OF-FIELD TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:

    If you have been identified as teaching out-of-field (in a subject area other than ASD, ESOL, Gifted, Orientation and Mobility, Prek Disabilities, Reading,  Severe or Profound Disabilities, or World Language) you are mandated to satisfy out-of-field training requirements through one of the following methods:

    • completion of six semester hours of college coursework in the subject area
    • passing the subject area exam
    • documenting 100 points through the Infield Status Rubric 

    One of the above methods must be completed 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 certification in the out-of-field subject.  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 subject 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 out-of-field subject area, be sure to notify certificationrequests@browardschools.com so your out-of-field record 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.


    REQUIREMENTS TO ADD THE SUBJECT AREA (for all bachelor-level areas):

    Pass the subject area exam and add the subject to your certificate.  Information and registration for subject area exams is found at the Florida Teacher Certification Exams web site.

    Once you have passed the subject area exam you will need to submit an application and fee to the Florida Department of Education and fee (paid through the district) for the addition.  For complete steps on submitting the addition application and fee go to Talent Acquisition and Operations, Instructional (click on "Florida Certificate Additions).


    INFIELD STATUS OPTION

    Board Policy 4003.4 establishes the infield designation option for teachers out-of-field in bachelor-level subject areas (excludes Athletic Coaching, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Driver Education, ESOL, Orientation and Mobility, Prek Disabilities, Severe and Profound Disabilities, Reading, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, and Speech-Language Impaired).

    Teachers may use the Infield Status Rubric to document experience and training in a subject area other than those excluded.  A minimum of 100 points must be achieved with documented experience and a classroom observation rating of effective or higher required.  Additional points may be obtained in professional development (district in-service) and college coursework in the subject area.  Do not fill in the points awarded on the rubric - when you rubric is received and evaluated, points will be notated on the form.

    The Infield Status Rubric must be received by December 18, 2019 to allow time for review.  You will receive a response regarding your submitted rubric by February 7, 2020.

    Click on here for the requirements and information regarding establishing subject area competence in each subject.  Note that any documentation requested should be submitted attached to the Infield Status Rubric and must be submitted to the contact person/department indicated.