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Educator Preparation

Eileen L. McDaniel, Chief, Bureau of Educator Recruitment, Development and Retention
Turlington Building, Suite 124
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

Phone: 850-245-0562
Fax: 850-245-0543

Ensuring the preparation of quality teachers and other professional educators for the State of Florida is a fundamental component of the mission of the Florida Department of Education. The Office of Educator Preparation is charged with the responsibility of reviewing and approving initial educator preparation programs that lead to certification to teach in Florida's schools. Public and private universities and colleges throughout the state have approved initial teacher preparation (ITP) programs. Many of Florida's state colleges, community colleges and several universities have state-approved Educator Preparation Institutes (EPIs) through which they deliver alternative certification programs for baccalaureate degree holders. This is in addition to the District Alternative Certification Programs currently being offered in the majority of Florida public school districts. Florida also offers state-approved educational leadership programs at various institutions and one public school district.

Rule Development for Educator Preparation

Action is being considered for State Board Rule 6A-5.066, Approval of Educator Preparation Programs.

Legislative Updates for Educator Preparation

Educator Preparation Programs Information

Initial Teacher Preparation Programs

Initial Teacher Preparation (ITP) Programs are educator preparation programs that require candidates to demonstrate mastery of subject area knowledge in one or more specific subject area(s), mastery of general knowledge, and mastery of professional preparation and education competence. ITP programs are offered at Florida postsecondary institutions and typically culminate in a bachelor's or master's degree. Completers of an ITP program are eligible for a Florida Professional Educator's Certification upon program completion.

State-Approved Alternative Certification Programs

Educator Preparation Institutes (EPI) are an alternative route to Florida Educator's Certification offered by Florida postsecondary institutions for baccalaureate degree holders. The EPI provides professional preparation and education competence for career-changers and recent college graduates who do not already possess a Florida Professional Educator's Certificate.

Professional Development Certification Programs (formerly known as District Alternative Certification Programs) are a cohesive competency-based professional development certification program offered by Florida public school districts by which the school district's instructional staff may satisfy the mastery of professional preparation and education competence requirements.

American Board

The American Board (ABCTE) is a alternative certification non-profit that certifies career changers, substitute teachers, para-professionals and out-of-field teachers. Founded in 2001 via a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the American Board's focus is building communities through education and employment.

Educational Leadership Programs

Educational Leadership Programs lead to initial certification in educational leadership for the purpose of preparing individuals to serve as school leaders who may aspire to the school principalship. These programs are offered by Florida postsecondary institutions and public school districts.

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