This document applies to programs in public schools, grades PreK-12, and certain postsecondary programs that begin in the time period of the first day of the 2013-2014 school year through the day prior to the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.
Florida Department of Education
Section 1 - Course Code Directory System Guide Table of ContentsPage A) CURRICULUM AND STANDARDS Introduction 5
Submitting a New Course 5
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards 6
Grade Weighting/Course Levels 6
World Languages 6
Multiple-Credit Courses 7
B) EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION Highly Qualified Teachers 8
Any Field Certification Coverage 8
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Certification, Training, and Reporting Requirements 8
Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) 9
Prekindergarten Basic Definitions 10
C) STUDENT PROGRESSION Legislative Intent 12
Comprehensive Plan for Student Progression 12
Retention Placement 12
Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) Options 12
Allocation of Remedial Resources 13
Elimination of Social Promotion 14
Elementary Intensive Reading Instruction 14
Parental Notification 14
Third Grade Retention 15
Annual Reporting Requirements 17
D) MIDDLE GRADES PROMOTION General Requirements for Students Entering Middle Grades in the 2006-2007 School Year and Thereafter 18
Intensive Intervention 19
Required Instruction 20
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Courses 20
Middle and High School Grading System 20
E) GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADES 9 TO 12, ADULT, AND SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS District Policies to Assist Students in Meeting Graduation Requirements 21
General Requirements for High School Graduation Programs 22
Adult General Education 26
Department of Juvenile Justice 26
Students in Local Jail Programs 27
Dropout Prevention, Academic Intervention, and Teenage Parent Programs 27
Grades 9 to 12 Course Substitutions 27
Practical Arts Courses That Meet the Arts High School Graduation Requirement 27
Career and Technical Education Course Substitutions 29
Industry Certification Substitution Information for Mathematics and Science 31
Credit Recovery Courses 31
Acceleration Programs 31
Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma 32
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 35
Dual Enrollment 35
Advanced Placement (AP) Program® 36
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program 36
F) EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION (ESE) Access Courses for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities 37
Fundamental Courses 37
Other ESE Courses 38
Reading Certification Requirements for ESE Reading Courses 38
Requirements for ESE Endorsements 38
Highly Qualified Requirements for ESE Courses 39
Certification/Highly Qualified Requirements for Different Scheduling Methods Used for Students with Disabilities 40
Prekindergarten Program for Students with Disabilities/Inclusive or “Blended Settings” 43
Gifted Service Models 44
Career and Technical Education Courses (Regular and ESE) 44
Waiver of FCAT 2.0 and EOC Assessment Results for Graduation for Students with Disabilities 44
Requirements for a Special Diploma for Students with Disabilities 45
G) COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM General 47
Grades PreK to 5 Numbering System 48
District Elementary Reporting for Permanent Records and Report Cards Required 48
Grades PreK to 5 Subject Areas 49
Grades 6 to 8 Subject Areas 49
Middle/Junior High Exploratory Wheel 50
Grades 9 to 12 and Adult Education Numbering System 50
Applied, Combined, or Integrated Course Numbering System 51
Course Levels 52
Grades 9 to 12 and Adult Education Subject Areas 52
Subject Area Transfer Numbers 53
Course Data/FTE Reporting 53
Exceptional Student Education Numbering System 54
Prekindergarten Programs for Children with Disabilities 55
Career and Technical Education Numbering System 55
Career and Technical Education Programs and Courses 56
H) CODES AND SYMBOLS Grade-Level Codes 57
Subject-Area Graduation Requirement Codes 57
Course Length Codes 58
Course-Credit/Multiple-Credit Codes 58
Certification Codes 58
Explanation of Symbols 59
Special Symbols Linked to Teacher Certifications 60
A) Curriculum and Standards INTRODUCTION State Board of Education Rule 6A-1.09441, Florida Administrative Code (FAC), requires that programs and courses funded through the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) and courses or programs for which students may earn credit toward high school graduation must be listed in the Course Code Directory (CCD). The course code numbers are essential in the collection of information for use by decision-makers in the following areas:
1. Program planning and evaluation at the state level;
2. Cost reporting at the school, district, and postsecondary levels;
3. Course identification at the school, district, postsecondary, and state levels;
4. Provision of information to local, state, and federal education and legislative agencies; and
5. Fiscal and program audits.
The rule requires that school, district, and postsecondary personnel use this Directory when:
1. Scheduling students into any PreK-12 course, adult general education course, or postsecondary career and technical education course;
2. Aggregating student assignments for course data;
3. Identifying courses which may be used to fulfill graduation and program completion requirements; and
4. Determining appropriate educator certification for specified courses.
SUBMITTING A NEW COURSE To submit a new course to be reviewed by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) for inclusion in the CCD:
1) Access a course submission form on the CCD website: http://www.fldoe.org/articulation/CCD/default.asp. Note: Please be sure to obtain the signature(s) required on the form. 2) Develop a comprehensive course description that follows the general template of examples found at http://www.cpalms.org/Courses/CourseDescriptionSearch.aspx. Note: Please be sure you use the most current state standards, as adopted. The Florida standards are located online at http://www.cpalms.org/standards/FLStandardSearch.aspx. 3) Submit the required information to the DOE:
Email the course submission form, course description, and evidence of school board approval to email@example.com.
Mail the original, signed documents to:
Manager, Course Code Directory
Florida Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1401
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
NEXT GENERATION SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS The DOE, with assistance from education stakeholders throughout the state, developed the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) that identify what Florida public school students should know and be able to do. The benchmarks are in the subject areas of mathematics beyond college and career ready (calculus, discrete mathematics, and financial literacy), science, social studies, the arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts), health education, physical education, world languages, gifted education and special education skills. In addition, Florida adopted Common Core State Standards in mathematics, language arts, and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects in July 2010 and will be fully implemented this year. Beginning in 2014-15, statewide assessments will be aligned to these new standards. The Common Core (CC) standards may be accessed at http://www.cpalms.org/Standards/Common_Core_Standards.aspx. These standards describe the level of student achievement for which the state will hold schools accountable for students’ learning. The domains, strands, standards, and benchmarks which comprise the NGSSS (CC) are authorized by Section 1003.41, F.S., and are adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE). Rule 6A-1.09401, FAC, requires public schools to provide appropriate instruction to assist students in the achievement of these standards. Section 1008.25, F.S., requires each district school board to incorporate the NGSSS (CC) into the district student progression plan.
NOTE: Students enrolled in 2014-2015 courses in English/Language Arts and/or Mathematics that include the Common Core State Standards will be assessed on statewide assessments that measure student success in mastering these same standards. Students will be required to earn passing scores or have the results of the assessments included in course grade averages to meet high school graduation requirements. GRADE WEIGHTING/COURSE LEVELS For purposes of class ranking, Section 1007.271, F.S., authorizes district school boards to exercise a weighted grading system. Districts and colleges must weigh dual enrollment courses the same as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) courses when grade point averages are calculated, as required by Section 1007.271(18), F.S. Alternative grade calculation or weighting systems that discriminate against dual enrollment courses are prohibited. Courses designated as Level 3 courses in the CCD are those courses containing rigorous academic curriculum and performance standards as determined by the DOE, pursuant to Section 1009.531(3), F.S. WORLD LANGUAGES Middle /Junior (M/J) Course Sequencing: It is each district school board's responsibility to determine high school world language placement policies for those students who complete the M/J World Languages two-course or three-course sequence in middle school. Districts may use the high school world language course number (s) for middle school students who will be awarded high school credit for successfully completing the course and passing the end-of-course (EOC) examination.
MULTIPLE-CREDIT COURSES Multiple-credit courses are available in some areas of the CCD. Districts are required to ensure that student achievement expectations are raised as the student progresses through the sequence. The Department has not set a limit on the number of times such a course may be used, with the exception of courses in Section 4 identified as “Access” courses for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Access courses listed as multiple-credit can be awarded up to 2.0 credits maximum.
B) Educator Certification HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) places a major emphasis on highly qualified teachers (HQT). This federal law establishes requirements for determining if a teacher meets the criteria for being reported as “highly qualified” under NCLB. It is important to note that current Florida Statutes and SBE Rules relating to the classification of teachers reported for Florida purposes as “in-field,” “qualified,” or “out-of-field” are not the same as the federal highly qualified designation requirements. Thus, a teacher may be considered “in-field” pursuant to the requirements of the CCD, but will not be classified as a HQT in the NCLB reporting.
ANY FIELD CERTIFICATION COVERAGE Some courses listed in the CCD display the appropriate certification as “Any Field When Certificate Reflects Bachelor or Higher Degree” or “Any Academic Coverage.” These coverages may not meet the requirements of NCLB “HQT” and will, therefore, be subject to review and change. Consistent with the emphasis on educational reform and school improvement, districts and schools are encouraged to explore methods of offering courses and programs in new and innovative ways to address their school improvement plans.
READING K-6 or 1-6 remains the appropriate coverage to teach reading at the elementary or middle school (6th grade only) level. In order to teach a reading course at the middle school (with the exception of a 6th grade elementary education certified teacher teaching 6th grade reading) or high school level, a teacher must be certified in reading or carry the reading endorsement on the certificate. The reading endorsement may only be added to a certificate that reflects a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
Certification in Primary Education K-3 and Prekindergarten Primary PK-3 may also be appropriate coverages at those grade levels.
ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (ESOL) CERTIFICATION, TRAINING, AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS As specified in the 1990 League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) et. al. v. the State Board of Education Consent Decree and Rule 6A-1.0014, F.A.C., and other applicable SBE Rules, districts should report student membership data using the appropriate course numbers, FEFP cost category, and instructional strategy used. Specific ESOL and Home Language in-service training and certification/endorsement requirements apply to personnel assigned to serve English Language Learners (ELLs). Students identified as ELL should be enrolled in district ESOL programs as described in the state-approved District ELL Plan and as prescribed in the 1990 ESOL Agreement and Sections 1003.56 and 1011.62, F.S. ELLs enrolled in language arts, reading, mathematics, science, social studies, and computer literacy courses will generate ESOL-weighted funding, provided ESOL or home language strategies are used in the course. Certification coverage and training requirements for instructional personnel serving ELL students must be adjusted as indicated below.
1. The primary English/Language Arts taught to ELLs using ESOL strategies require:
c. world language coverage plus the ESOL Endorsement; or
d. compliance with all in-service requirements that may be required under Rule 6A-6.0907, F.A.C. 2. Developmental Language Arts-Reading taught to ELLs using ESOL strategies require:
a. appropriate coverage and level, plus the ESOL Endorsement and Reading Endorsement; or
b. appropriate coverage and level, plus the ESOL Endorsement and K-12 Reading Certification; or
c. K-12 ESOL Certification plus Reading Endorsement; or
d. K-12 ESOL Certification plus Reading Certification; or
e. compliance with all in-service requirements that may be required under Rule 6A-6.0907, F.A.C.
3. Developmental Language Arts taught to ELLs using ESOL strategies require:
a. appropriate coverage and level, plus the ESOL Endorsement; or
b. K-12 ESOL Certification; or
c. compliance with all in-service requirements that may be required under Rule 6A-6.0907, F.A.C.
4. Core subjects: Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Computer Literacy taught to ELLs:
a. In accordance with the in-service requirements under Rule 6A-6.0907, F.A.C., core subjects taught in English using ESOL strategies require the appropriate subject area coverage and level, and one of the following:
1. 60 in-service points in ESOL strategies as documented by the school district; or
b. In accordance with the in-service requirements under Rule 6A-6.0907, F.A.C., core subjects (Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Computer Literacy) taught in the home language using home language strategies require the appropriate subject coverage and level, proficiency in the native language as evidenced by test or certification as documented by the school district, and one of the following:
1. 60 in-service points in home language strategies; or
2. 3 semester hours in home language strategies; or
3. ESOL endorsement; or
4. K-12 ESOL certification.
5. In accordance with the in-service requirements under Rule 6A-6.0907, F.A.C., all subjects taught to ELLs other than English, Developmental Language Arts, Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Computer Literacy using ESOL strategies require the appropriate subject area coverage and level, and one of the following:
a. 18 in-service points in ESOL strategies as documented by the school district; or
b. 3 semester hours in ESOL strategies; or
c. ESOL endorsement; or
d. K-12 ESOL certification.
HEALTH OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH PHYSICAL EDUCATION (HOPE) School districts have some flexibility in staffing for the HOPE Core Physical Education course (3026010). Depending upon staff available, school districts can choose to staff this course with one teacher who is certified in both physical education and health education, OR they can choose to have a physical education certified teacher and a health education certified teacher share the teaching responsibility for this course.
PREKINDERGARTEN BASIC DEFINITIONS Basic grades use the following definitions to determine appropriate course numbers for prekindergarten programs.
District Head Start Programs: Any preschool program operated by the school district with Head Start funds. Staff qualifications appear in Sections 3 and 4.
District Title 1:Any preschool program operated by the school district with Title 1 funds. Staff qualifications appear in Sections 3 and 4.
School Readiness Programs: Any program serving children below kindergarten age, including home-visitor programs for infants and toddlers and their families that are operated with funds provided through an early-learning coalition. [These programs, when previously supported through funds made directly available to school districts, were identified as Prekindergarten Early-Intervention Programs, Florida First Start, or District-Operated Subsidized Child Care programs.]
Prekindergarten Other: Any other prekindergarten program operated by the local school district. Staff qualifications appear in Sections 3 and 4.
Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program:Beginning with the 2005-06 school year, the VPK education program for children attaining the age of four on or before September 1st, was implemented as provided by Sections 1(b) and (c), Article IX of the State Constitution. School districts are required to provide a summer prekindergarten program. The credential requirements for staff differ between the school-year and summer prekindergarten program. Staff qualifications appear below and in the Sections 3 and 4. For detailed information visit http://info.fldoe.org/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-4196/07-02att1.pdf.
Staff Qualifications Course Number:5100580Course Name:Voluntary Prekindergarten Education: School-Year Program Qualification:
Child Development Associate (CDA) or CDA Equivalent.
Bachelor’s degree or higher in any of the following areas: early childhood education, prekindergarten or primary education, preschool education, or family and consumer science.
Bachelor’s degree or higher in elementary education, if teacher has been certified to teach children any age from birth through 6th grade, regardless of whether certificate is current, as long as the certificate has not been revoked or suspended.
Associate’s degree or higher in child development.
An Associate’s or higher degree in an unrelated field, at least 6 credit hours in early childhood education or child development, and at least 480 hours of experience in teaching or providing child-care services for children any age from birth through 8 years of age.
Educational credentials approved by the DOE as equivalent to, or greater than, the educational credentials described above.
The VPK implementing legislation authorizes the DOE to approve educational credentials for VPK instructors that are equivalent to, or greater than, the prescribed Bachelor’s or Associate’s degrees noted above. Based on an analysis of the content requirements of these and proposed degrees, the Department recommends the following as approved credentials for instructors in the school-year VPK program: Bachelor’s (or higher) degree, ESE, Special Education, Mental Disabilities, Specific Learning Disabilities, Physically Impaired, Varying Exceptionalities, Emotional Disabilities, Visually Impaired, Hearing Impaired, Speech-Language Pathology, Associate’s degree, Early Childhood Education.
For each of the proposed Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees listed above, related competencies and skills (defined in terms of applicable Florida Certification Coverages) are delineated in Attachments A and B found in Technical Assistance Paper (TAP) #07-01 Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Instructor Qualification.
Upon receipt of a written request and appropriate supporting documentation, the DOE will review any related Bachelor’s degree area, certification coverage, or Associate’s degree to determine the extent to which the proposed credential incorporates competencies and skills equivalent to, or greater than, those delineated for other approved VPK instructor credentials at the Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree levels. If a program serves children with disabilities as an inclusive setting, see page 43.
Course Number:5100590Course Name: Voluntary Prekindergarten Education: Summer Program Qualification:
Certified teacher with a valid Florida educator certificate under Section 1012.56, F.S., with qualifications specified by the district school board. Priority must be given to teachers who have experience or coursework in early childhood education.
A Bachelor’s degree or higher in any of the following areas: early childhood education, prekindergarten or primary education, preschool education, or family and consumer science.
A Bachelor’s degree or higher in elementary education if the teacher has been certified to teach children any age from birth through 6th grade, regardless of whether certificate is current, as long as the certificate has not been revoked or suspended.
If program serves children with disabilities as an inclusive setting, see page 43.