Professional Learning and Development provides additional support for endorsement programs in ESOL, Reading, Gifted, and Athletic Coaching. Click on the links below for more information on each endorsement program.
Please take a look at this flow chart to determine if you are in need of the reading endorsement and how to become elgibile.
Currently, we are recommending any teacher who graduated from a state approved teacher preparation program in the state of Florida after 2006 in elementary education, exceptional student education and preK primary, to apply directly to the DOE (Do not choose district application if you are using college transcripts) This may maximize your credits. The state will send you a statement of eligiblity to let you know what courses you will still need to take within our endorsement program to complete your requirements.
CLICK HERE to see the flowchart.
Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year (RECENT EXECUTIVE ORDER HAS PUSHED THE DATE BACK TO DECEMBER 31, 2020), per House Bill 7055, intensive reading interventions must be delivered by a teacher who is certified or endorsed in reading. This applies to all teachers delivering intensive reading instruction (Intensive Course B or C- students identified as substantially deficient) in K-12 classrooms. According to a December 11, 2019 update from the DOE and Just Read Florida, teachers will be considered "in progress" working towards their endorsement by taking two reading endorsement courses per school year until their courses are complete and they have the 5 courses necessary to add the endorsement to their teaching certificate.
During the 2020-2021 school year, we will be offering online courses for all BPS and Charter School teachers, as well as school based, job embedded Reading Comp 1 & 2 Combo courses for our teachers at our BPS elementary schools. Registration information for these courses will be provided through the Leardership Team Packet on August 3, 2020.
READING ENDORSEMENT UPDATES
House Bill 7055: On November 15, 2019, the State Board of Education approved an amendment to rule 6A-4.0292, F.A.C., Specialization Requirements for the Reading Endorsement-Academic Class. The amendment will allow teachers who receive a passing score on the Reading Subject Area Exam to be awarded the Reading Endorsement without completing the previously required coursework. The full memo can be found here.
Reading K-12 Exam Information can be found here. It is recommended only teachers with significant experience teaching reading and some coursework in reading, take the test. Preparation is recommended prior to paying for and taking the exam. The following study guide for the K-12 Reading Exam has been prepared using materials from the Florida Teacher Certification Exam website and some additional DOE resources in K-12 Reading.