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The purpose of Florida Educator Certification Program is to support the academic achievement of students by ensuring that educators are professionally qualified to provide highly effective instruction. Certified educators include classroom teachers, school administrators, and other support professionals such as guidance counselors and media specialists.

Polk State College offers a variety of courses that classroom teachers can take for teacher certification renewal. Interested individuals can refer to the links on the right side of the page for topics regarding certification renewal, as well as courses that are eligible for a state teacher waiver.

Polk State College has streamlined the registration process and, in most cases, teachers are exempt from providing the following during application for enrollment:

  1. High school or college transcripts – Student must contact the EPI office for a waiver in order to be exempt
  2. Postsecondary Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.)
  3. New student orientation
  4. See Instructions for Registering at Polk State for a Teacher Recertification class
  5. See Tuition Waiver for classes about students with learning disabilities

Information on the renewal requirements and application process is available by clicking
Department of Education, Bureau of Educator Certification.

For information about Polk State College’s teacher recertification courses, contact one of the following:

Sherri Davis Program Specialist, Educator Preparation Institute

Maria Vallejo Administrative Assistant, Educator Preparation Institute

Beverly Woolery Director, Educator Preparation Institute,

For Polk County School employees, inquiries regarding certificate add-on applications and expiring teaching certificates can be made via e-mail to Migdalia alvarez-Morales at migdalia.alvarez@polk-fl.net or Karen Pfister at Karen.pfister@polk-fl.net  The employee should place his or her name and SAP number in the subject line of the e-mail.