Foreign Trained Graduates

Individuals with academic training from other countries may also apply for a teaching certificate in Florida. 

To receive an initial Florida certificate, applicants must submit to the Bureau of Educator Certification, Florida Department of Education the following documents:

1) an original credential evaluation report (copies not accepted)

2) a completed CG-10 application form

3) the processing fee

The credential evaluation report may be provided by one of the following institutions:

  • an accredited four-year college or university in the United States
  • a current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)
  • a current member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE)
  • a credential evaluation agency approved by the Bureau of Educator Certification

Citizenship Requirements

A valid social security number issued by the United States Social Security Administration is required for issuance of a Florida Educator's Certificate.

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens may complete Step 1 and Step 2 of the Steps to Certification. However, appropriate immigration status must be established through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) prior to employment.

The Official Statement of Status of Eligibility (Step 2) lists all required certification tests. The Bureau of Educator Certification can only accept scores that are reported under a valid U.S. social security number. The applicant’s educator certification file must reflect the same U.S. social security number.

Detailed Instructions for Foreign Trained Applicants.

Review the list of Approved Credential Evaluation Agencies Here.