Florida- State Information

MEA President: Steven Kelly
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Kathy Sanz
ALF Member Email: kdsanz@cfaefl.org

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar Convenes: 3/2/2021
Adjourns: 4/30/2021
Cross-Over Deadline 3/9/2020
Budget Deadline  
Introduction Deadlines 3/2/2021
Governor Ron DeSantis (R)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. Christopher John Latvala (R)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Joe Gruters (R)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. Shevrin D. Jones (D)

Partisan Split House: R       Senate: R
House Clerk Contact 850-717-5400
Senate Secretary Contact 850-487-5270
Carryover to 2022 No

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule


ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Michelle Gaines
Bureau Chief
Title IV Director

Cassandra Brown, Program Specialist, 850-245-9947

Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds September 30 Deadline annually

State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

FL Music K-12 Temporary (3-year)
Professional (5-year)
Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE): Mastery of General Knowledge Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE): Music K-12 Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE): Professional Education Test No Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework $75 application Yes http://www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification/pathways-routes/certified-teacher-or-administrator.stml http://www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification/ June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Reopening Florida’s Schools and the CARES Act

Title IV Success Stories

The funds below were allocated during the 2018-2019 school year.

$200,000 in Title IV-A funds were utilized in Orange County to replace instrument inventory for band and orchestra programs at some older middle and high schools.

$100,000 in Title IV-A funds were utilized in Pinellas County to support a staff member to continue work for a PDAE grant. Funding enabled the district to continue to support arts and music teachers in high poverty schools and to expand arts integration in schools.

The funds below were allocated during the 2017-2018 school year.

Title IV-A funds were utilized in Hardee County School District to purchase new instruments and equipment for the band. As a result, the students have a much more enriching educational experience on their newly upgraded instruments.

Title IV-A funds were utilized in Escambia School District for professional development for teachers in arts integration connecting to Language Arts and Mathematics instruction. This funding has creatively engaged students in skills to improve their reading, writing, and speaking abilities, and has increased the awareness and importance of arts in education by deepening an understanding of tested content standards as well as helped children to problem solve and develop critical thinking in unique ways.