State Profile

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

State Profile - Florida

April 2018

 


The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at dscott@ecs.org


Standards
Has the state adopted leadership standards? Yes. Florida has adopted the Florida Principal Leadership Standards. Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-5.080
Preparation
Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? Florida Department of Education Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-4.003
Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? Yes. School leadership programs must align with the Florida Principal Leadership Standards. Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-5.081
Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs? Yes. School leadership programs must provide job-embedded field experience. State policy provides additional requirements. However, no hour requirement was found. Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-5.081
Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? No state policy found. However, postsecondary institutional programs may include a modified version of its approved program to candidates who hold a master's degree or higher. Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-5.081
Certification and Licensure
What are the initial school leader certification requirements? To qualify for Certification in Educational Leadership, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree or higher from an acceptable institution
  • Successfully complete the Florida Educational Leadership core curriculum through one of the following paths:
  1. Complete a Florida-approved pre-service program in educational leadership offered by an acceptable institution
  2. Hold a master's degree with a major in educational administration, administration and supervision or educational leadership awarded by an acceptable institution
  3. Hold a master's degree with a major in a different subject and complete a Florida-approved modified program in educational leadership offered by an acceptable institution
  4. Hold a master's degree with a major in a different subject awarded by an acceptable institution and 30 semester hours of graduate credit which includes credit in each of the principal leadership standard areas and an internship or a course with associated field experience in educational leadership
  5. Complete a state-approved educational leadership training program offered by a Florida public school district
  • Receive a passing score on the Florida Educational Leadership examination.
Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-4.0082

Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-4.00821
What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state? Out-of-state applicants holding a valid, comparable certificate issued by another state may be eligible for certification in Florida if the out-of-state certification required the same or higher level of training. Source
Is there an alternative route to initial certification? School districts may seek approval to offer a school principal preparation program to current employees working in a leadership position and who hold a master’s degree in an area other than educational leadership. State policy provides additional requirements. Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-5.081

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