Governor Ron DeSantis Encourages Veterans to Apply for Temporary Teaching Certificates

Press release from the Office of Governor Ron DeSantis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the launch of a new webpage to help recruit qualified military veterans to join schools across the state. On August 17th, the State Board of Education will consider a rule to formally implement a program for veterans to receive a five-year temporary education certificate while they finish their bachelor’s degree, provided they meet certain criteria. This rule implements SB 896, which Governor DeSantis signed earlier this year after it received unanimous bipartisan support throughout the 2022 Session. To learn more about this program, visit www.fldoe.org/veterans. To watch a video of Governor DeSantis discussing the program, click here.

“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.”

“With the skills and experience that our 1.7 million veterans bring to Florida’s workforce, this new pathway to teaching will positively impact Florida’s students,” said Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz, Jr. “Veterans and servicemembers can now work toward their full professional certificate while imparting their unique knowledge and valuable experience in the classroom.”

Military Veterans Certification Pathway 

The State Board of Education will consider a rule to allow military veterans to obtain a 5-year temporary teaching certificate without a bachelor’s degree, providing the following criteria are met:

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  • 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. 

Per SB 896 (2022), which unanimously passed the Florida House and Senate, veterans who successfully obtain their 5-year temporary teaching certificate will be assigned a mentor teacher for a minimum of two years to support their classroom teaching endeavors. They must also earn their bachelor’s degree during the 5-year period to be eligible for a full professional certificate. Veterans utilizing this temporary certificate may not teach subject areas that require a master’s degree.  

The temporary certificate cannot be renewed once it expires, nor does it apply to military spouses or families. 

For more information about the Florida Department of Education, visit www.fldoe.org.

  • DeSantis is not American. He will control what you say, what you believe in and drop you like a hot potato. Teachers have quit because they want nothing to do with having to abide by what he says in the control he wants. this is why Trump and DeSantis are equally evil should have no part of politics in America.

    • Thanks for your opinion (we know everyone has one, just like some body parts)!!! You provide no facts, just another woke comment meant to shut down others who disagree with you! Rather than DeSantis, look at your Alachua County School Board makeup and decisions since 2018 as a starting place to determine why teachers leave! Talk about grooming and dropping, how about what the SBAC did to the former superintendent? She was nothing more than a pawn, caught in the crossfire of the SBAC politically and racially charged board members!

    • Cool opinion. Can’t say I’m surprised that you hate Trump as well like an obedient serf. It seems you’ll hate anyone that you’re told to hate, even people trying to help the best demographic America has to offer.

      Our veterans

  • Thank you Governor DeSantis! I am an Army Vet who may just pick up one of the many teacher vacancies to help teach return our children’s curriculum to the “3 R’s”. I can help steer them away from being taught our (still) great county is “systematically racist” and guide them on a path to being Great Americans! As combat veterans and independent thinkers, ex military don’t need a union to fight for them!

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