Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) Requirements

Every school in the United States is required to provide documentation that all teachers who provide instruction in core academic areas have met the NCLB Highly Qualified Standards by June 2006. Teachers are in compliance if they meet the following Highly Qualified requirements:

1) Hold a Bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited or approved post-secondary institution

2) Hold a Temporary or Professional Florida Educator’s Certificate


Elementary Requirements

In addition to numbers 1 and 2, elementary teachers must comply by submitting one of the following documents:

An official score report indicating a passing score on the subject area exam (SAE) in the subject area/course for which they are assigned to teach

or

An approved High, Objective, Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) Plan completed prior to its expiration on June 30, 2006

or

An approved out of county/state Highly Qualified Verification Form for each grade level and content area [Download the verification form]

or

A valid certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) for the appropriate core content/grade level [SEE NOTE BELOW]

or

A valid Passport to Teaching Certificate issued by the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) for the appropriate grade assignment

HQT Requirements (Elementary)


Middle & Secondary Requirements

In addition to number 1, Middle and High School teachers must comply by submitting one of the following documents:

A valid Florida Temporary or Professional certificate showing the corresponding subject(s) for the subject area(s) or course(s) for which they are assigned to teach

or

An approved High, Objective, Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) Plan completed prior to its expiration on June 30, 2006

or

An approved out of county/state Highly Qualified Verification Form for each grade level(s) and content area(s) assigned to teach [Download the verification form]

or

A valid certification issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) for the appropriate core content/grade level [SEE NOTE BELOW]

Social Science Teachers: A certificate in Middle Grade Social Science 5-9, Social Science 6-12, or Middle Grades Intergrated Curriculum 5-9 used to teach social science courses requires a passing score on the appropriate level social area exam.

HQT Requirements (Middle/Secondary)


ESE & ESOL Requirements

ESE and ESOL teachers must have subject area verification IN ADDITION TO having certification in ESE or ESOL.

Social Science teachers must submit an official score report indicating a passing score on the subject area exam.

HQT Requirements - ESE

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