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.