You met all the licensing requirements for a teaching license in the state of Florida, or so you thought. A surprising letter comes in the mail denying your teaching certification application. The reason may be due to missing college classes, required experience, or maybe because of a past criminal issue, or teaching certificate problem in another state. What can you do? Read on for advice from a lawyer for Florida teachers.
Yes – a teacher can challenge the denial of a teaching certificate. However, I always advise hiring an experienced lawyer who represents Florida teachers to assist with the process.
Criminal charges – Past DUI’s, child abuse accusations, criminal traffic citations, misdemeanors and felonies, if not explained correctly, can cause a teacher to be denied a certification.
Certificate issues in another state – while Florida has reciprocity which allows you to transfer your teaching certificate from another state, if you had any discipline or even surrendered your teaching license, you could face a denial from the Florida Department of Education.
Other teaching license application issues – Other issues like failing to disclose previous teaching certifications, past criminal charges, or not explaining an issue correctly can lead to a denial.
The DOE will take another look at your application and the documentation supporting your challenge. This last chance at another look is why I strongly suggest hiring an attorney who represents teachers. The presentation of the material you are using to dispute the denial of your teaching certification is critical. The information and explanation of why you do qualify must be laid out and written clearly. You may not get a second chance.
The answer is, it depends. Many factors contribute to how fast the Florida DOE processes a certification denial.
Yes. I help all Florida teachers facing certification issues, including appeals and disciplinary action. Call me today for a free consultation and start protecting your professional future.
Richard Asselta is an award-winning lawyer who defends teachers throughout the state of Florida. Click here to read how he helps teachers with teaching certification discipline at the district and state levels, administrative DOE hearings, investigations, and certification denial appeals.
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