Adding an Endorsement/Subject Area

  • Endorsement Programs, approved by the State of Florida, are recognition for an advanced level of professional knowledge and skill and appear on the Florida Professional Teaching Certificate.
    Note: Endorsements are add-ons to the Professional Certificate, not a certification.

    Athletic Coaching Endorsement
    The Athletic Coaching Endorsement program is for athletic coaches seeking their professional certificate. It requires three 60 hour online courses and two additional courses equaling 7 hours. 

    Autism Endorsement
    This program is overseen by the ESE department and they post all courses in MyPGS. 

    ESOL Endorsement
    This program is for teachers responsible for teaching language instruction or reading, such as Elementary, English, Language Arts, Reading, and Exceptional Education. Category I requires proof of completion of the following 5 content areas, either with in-service and/or college courses, or by completing two courses, passing the ESOL Subject Area Test, and adding either the ESOL Endorsement or ESOL K-12 Certification (respectively) to your teaching certificate. These courses are offered online three times a year. For information on course offerings, contact the ESOL department.

    Gifted Endorsement
    This program is for teachers currently teaching Gifted Students or for those interested in teaching the Gifted. It requires the completion of five 60 hour courses. The courses are scaffolded so that they build off each other. Take the courses in this order: Nature and Needs, Special Populations, Guidance, Curriculum, and Creativity.

    Reading Endorsement
    This program is for teachers currently providing Tier 3 interventions, teaching summer reading camp, or retained 3rd graders. It requires completion of five 60 hour courses. The courses are taken in order from Competency 1 - 5.

    If you have questions about adding Reading Endorsement to your professional certificate, please see Paperless Steps for Adding a Subject to Your Certificate or email