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ESOL

The Consent Decree, http://www.fldoe.org/academics/eng-language-learners/consent-decree.stml requires teachers to obtain and use teaching strategies when instructing Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. The categories and requirements for teachers are shared in this table:

Categories and Courses

Category I Category II Category III Category IV
Primary Language Arts (Elementary Ed.), English, Developmental Language Arts, Intensive Reading and Reading Teachers Social Studies, Math, Science, Computer Literacy Teachers Teacher of other subjects not included in Category I or II (Music, Art, Psychologists, Social Workers, P.E., Speech Therapists, World Languages) Administrators and Counselors
Requirements:
15 semester hours or
300 in-service points or
Passing the ESOL Subject Area Exam and 120 ESOL in-service points within 3 years of passing the exam
Requirements:
3 semester hours or
60 in-service hours
Requirements:
1 semester hour or
18 in-service points
Requirements:
3 semester hours or
60 in-service points
Timeline:
5 years allowed for the completion of the ESOL Endorsement
3 years for K-12 ESOL coverage obtained by a passing score on the ESOL Subject Area Exam
Timeline:
1 year to complete
Timeline:
1 year to complete
Timeline:
1 year to complete

IMPORTANT NOTE: Upon employment ALL Category I teachers will be required to complete either 3 semester hours or 60 in-service points within one year of employment as a Language Arts instructor. The teacher will be required to complete 3 semester hours or 60 in-service points each subsequent year until a total of 15 semester hours or 300 in-service points have been earned. Based on the Florida Administrative Code 6A-1.0503.

If a teacher starts in Category I and transfers to another position that has Category II – IV requirements, the teacher must complete the Category I requirements.

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