All Other Out-of-Field Subjects


    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 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).


    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.