The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.


The term instructional personnel refers to K-12 staff members whose functions include the provision of direct instructional services to students. Instructional personnel also include K-12 staff members whose functions provide direct support in the learning process of students as defined by F.S. 1012.01.

Any person employed in an instructional position requiring certification shall possess a valid certificate issued pursuant to Florida law and shall file the certificate with the District.

Misstatement of fact material to qualification for employment or the determination of salary shall constitute grounds for dismissal.

A candidate shall be disqualified from employment in any position that requires direct contact with students if the candidate is ineligible for such employment under F.S. 1012.315.

Upon recommendation of the Superintendent, the School Board shall approve employment of instructional personnel.

Qualifications of instructional personnel shall be as required by law and Florida Administrative Code. To be eligible for appointment in any instructional position in the District, a person must be of good moral character; must have attained the age of eighteen (18) years; and must, when required by law, hold a certificate or license issued under rules of the State Board of Education or the Board, except when employed pursuant to F.S. 1012.55 or under the emergency provisions of F.S. 1012.24.

Instructional personnel must meet the requirements for their position and follow the employment procedures as set forth in Florida statutes and State Board of Education Rules, including but not limited to: F.S. 1012.24, 1012.35,1012.36 1012.39, 1012.43, and 1012.56; and F.A.C. 6A-1.0502, 6A-1.0503, 6A-4.001, 6A-6.010, and 6A-6.014 as they may be amended from time to time.

Certification of Instructional Personnel

 A.State Certification
  Any person employed in a position requiring certification shall possess a valid teaching certificate issued pursuant to Florida law. Instructional personnel who teach classes or provide support services shall be certified or licensed as defined in F.S. 1012.56, and F.A.C. 6A-1.0502 and 6A-1.0503.

 B.District Certification
  Pursuant to F.S. 1012.39, 1012.55, and 1012.57, employment of temporary instructors, teachers of adult education, non-degreed teachers of career technical education (CTE), and experts in the field, the District will establish the minimum qualifications for the District certificates. Such certificates establish eligibility for employment but confer no right to employment.
  The Superintendent may revoke or suspend a District certificate.
  The application fee for the District certificate shall be the same as a State issued Educator's Certificate.

Requirements for Core Subject Area Teachers

All core subject area teachers employed by the District shall be "highly qualified" as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Core area teachers are defined in State and Federal law to include math, science, social science, language arts, reading, fine arts (art and music), elementary education, and foreign languages. This also includes Exceptional Student Education teachers who teach core area subjects.

Certification for Expert in the Field - Full-Time Instructional

Current teachers who hold a temporary certificate and have completed all requirements for professional certification but have not worked enough days to complete the work related requirements, may be eligible for a District expert in the field certificate.

The application for the District expert in the field certificate shall be submitted to the Office of Instructional Certification. Following the clearance of fingerprints and employment in a full-time instructional position, the Office of Instructional Certification will issue to the employee a District expert in the field certificate valid for one (1) school year beginning July 1st and ending June 30th. This certificate will be issued on a one-time basis and is non-renewable.

F.S. 1012.01, , 1012.24, 1012.35, 1012.36, 1012.315, 1012.39, 1021.42, 1012.43
F.S. 1012.55, 1012.56, 1012.57
F.A.C. 6A-1.0502, 6A-1.0503, 6A-6.010, 6A-6.014
20 U.S.C. 6301
20 U.S.C. 7801

Revised 6/17/15

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