Teacher Re-Certification

Teachers who already hold a Professional Certificate and in need of certificate renewal may complete six (6) semester hours of college credit or equivalent earned during each renewal period. Most of Valencia's courses meet the requirements of teachers seeking recertification. These courses are offered in a variety of delivery modes (face-to-face, online, mixed mode, etc.) on each Valencia campus. A grade of at least “C” must be earned in each college course used for renewal. Schools/Districts may have specific expectations regarding which courses a teacher should complete, teachers should seek the recommendations and clarification through the school or district of employment.  ALL other questions regarding fulfilling the re-certification requirements must be directed to the Florida Department of Education.

Please access pertinent information through the links to the left and complete the Teacher Re-Certification checklist.


1. Submit a completed college application for admission by the College Application Deadline. Visit Valencia's Web site at www.valenciacollege.edu/admissions for specific information. Select non-degree seeking and teacher re-certification for “Planned Course of Study” (do NOT  select EPI). A $35 non-refundable application fee is required.


2. Complete a "Statement of Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes" at valenciacollege.edu/admissions-records It must be completed and submitted by U.S. Mail, time permitting to allow for registration, or brought to one of the Answer Centers:   http://valenciacollege.edu/answer-center *Note: until the residency document is processed (which also takes 5- 7 days business days to process), residency status is entered as a non- resident and tuition is calculated at the non-resident rate. There are deadlines identified to submit the appropriate paperwork/documentation to secure Florida residency.    PLEASE be aware of that information prior to submitting your material.


3. Once admitted to the college, an Atlas account needs to be created. Please visit the website http://valenciacollege.edu/atlas/documents/AtlasQuickRef.pdf for directions


4. Register for class(es) (if the class is not full) through ATLAS: https://atlas.valenciacollege.edu/ *Note: EPI (Educator Preparation Institute) courses, Real Estate, Public Administration or Developmental/Prep courses CANNOT be used for recertification


5. Payment of Courses: Once registered, payment for classes can be made through your Atlas account or in person at the business office on any campus.  For more information, please visit http://valenciacollege.edu/businessoffice/


6. Purchase Textbooks: It is best to purchase your book through the campus where the class is being offered.  Please visit the Bookstore website at http://valenciacollege.edu/campus-store/

Tuition & Cost

  • Instate Tuition

    = $103.06 per credit hour
  • Out-of-State Tuition

    = $390.96 per credit hour

*Please be aware for the admissions process, if you applied as "Teacher Recertification" or "Personal Interest" status, you are not required to attend a college orientation session..

Course Topics

The following topics are appropriate for renewing your Professional Certificate. If you have any questions regarding your re-certification, please contact the Florida Department of Education and visit the DOE website at http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/renew.asp

  • Content specific to the subject area(s

  • Methods or education strategies specific to the subject area(s)

  • Methods of teaching reading and literacy skills acquisition

  • Computer literacy, computer applications, and computer education

  • Exceptional student education

  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

  • Drug abuse, child abuse and neglect, or student dropout prevention

  • Training related to the goals of the Florida K-20 System, such as:

    • Content - English, economics, mathematics, science, social sciences, foreign languages, humanities, global economy, technology, ecology, first aid, health, or safety

    • Classroom Strategies - Cooperative learning, problem-solving skills, critical-thinking skills, classroom management, child development, collaboration techniques for working with families, social services, child guidance and counseling, teaching reading, or educational assessments, etc.

    • School Administration Accountability - Instructional design, leadership skills, school and community relations, school finance, school facilities, school law, or school organization

    • Vocational and Adult Education Accountability - Adult learning, principles of adult or vocational education, vocational education for students with special needs, or vocational guidance


Transcript Requests

Valencia College charges $3.00 per copy for official transcripts. Valencia College cannot process your requests via e-mail, fax or over the telephone.  Both Federal and State laws on student privacy require that we have your signature on the request. We cannot under any circumstances, fax or e-mail official transcripts.  Additionally, we cannot provide an official transcript if there is a hold on your student account. Please be sure to include the exact mailing address of where the official transcript is to be mailed with your signature. Official transcripts are only mailed. We do not provide the option for in-person pick-up. Please plan accordingly. For instructions regarding transcript requests, please visit the Records website at http://valenciacollege.edu/admissions-records/officialtranscripts.cfm

*Teachers completing summer class(es) in Term A and requiring documentation (Valencia memo only) for certification/recertification prior to the posting of official summer transcripts in early August, please complete the following: Contact: Reda Buchanan at (407) 582-1506 or by email at: ubuchanan@valenciacollege.edu  and provide:

  • Name
  • VID/Social Security number (if appropriate)
  • Course(s)
  • CRN(s)
  • Course Dates
  • # Of Credits
  • Instructor Name(s)
  • How memo should be addressed: To DOE (Department of Education) or the County School Office or specific school etc.
  • How memo should be distributed (i.e. U.S. mail and to what address or picked up at West Campus, SSB, Room 106


Contact Us

For questions related to Teacher Recertification, please send a request (for an automated reply with general information) or visit www.valenciacollege.edu/epi


Teacher Preparation and Re-certification - Building 1 room 255, West Campus

1800 S. Kirkman Rd. Orlando, FL 32811

(407) 582-5473

**If your Professional Educator's Certificate has expired, visit the Florida Department of Education website to view the steps to renew your certificate.**