Teachers are identified as out-of-field based upon their teaching assignment and student enrollment, as identified in the Florida Department of Education Course Code Directory. Teachers who teach one or more classes of a subject that is not a subject area listed on their Florida Educator’s Certificate are considered out-of-field.
If you have been identified as teaching out-of-field, you are required to take in-service, college coursework or the subject area exam (if applicable) in the out of field area prior to March 15th (for contract reappointment purposes) of the school year in which you were placed out of field. You must continue to complete out-of-field training each additional school year you are out-of-field until you have added the out-of-field subject to your certificate. See Florida State Board Regulation Rule 6A-1.0503.
Note: Failure to comply may impact your future placement/assignment up to including non-renewal of your contract.
You must complete one course within two years of the initial out-of-field date and one course each year after that. (After completion of your first ESOL course, you must complete one course each year thereafter). Upon completion of all five courses, you must add the ESOL endorsement to your teaching certificate. For more information: Ms. Sheila LaBissiere, District ESOL Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
You must complete 120 in-service points (two district courses) and/or six (6) semester college credit hours of coursework in gifted each school year. After all five (5) courses have been completed, the gifted endorsement must be added to your teaching certificate. For more information: Mrs. Brooke Hobbs, District Gifted Coordinator at email@example.com
You must complete 120 in-service points (two district courses) and/or six (6) semester college credit hours of coursework in reading each school year. After all five (5) courses have been completed, the reading endorsement must be added to your teaching certificate. For more information: Ms. Zelle Barnes, Curriculum Coordinator
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD)
Teachers with ASD students in their classes must complete at least two ASD courses each year to meet the out-of-field requirements. For more information: Ms. Renee Jerry, District Student Support Services Director
ALL OTHER OUT-OF-FIELD AREAS
If you are teaching out-of-field in any area other than the areas listed above, you must take and pass the appropriate subject area exam prior to March 15th (for contract reappointment purposes) in the school year in which you were placed out-of-field. Test registration can be found at Florida Teacher Certification Examinations.
After completion of coursework or passing the subject area exam, you must apply to have the subject area added to your certificate.
- If you have three-year temporary certificate you must apply online to the Florida Department of Education.
- If you have a five-year professional certificate you must apply to the Florida Department of Education and submit a check or money order to the CCPS Certification office.
For further information on teaching out-of-field see Florida State Board of Education Regulation 6A-1.0503.