As a part of the School of Education's commitment to lifelong learning, the Center for Professional Development offers the critical continuing education, support services, and additional endorsements necessary to further your career as an excellent educator. Through our programs, practicing teachers can find the resources and programs needed to specialize and broaden their career path and opportunities. Whether you are looking to become a teacher through an alternate pathway to certification, a temporary instructor, a specialized educator, or a teacher looking to recertify, the Center for Professional Development will provide you with the skills needed to exceed the demands of the profession.
Federal legislation in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires that districts hire only “highly qualified” substitute teachers. In collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the SOE developed a one credit course, EDG 2311, that complies with F. S. 1012.35. The course includes the following: knowledge of district policies and procedures addressing school safety and security protocols, educational liability laws, ethics, and professional responsibilities.
1012.35 Substitute teachers.—
(1) Each district school board shall adopt rules prescribing the compensation of, and the procedure for employment of, substitute teachers.
(a) The procedure for employment must include, but is not limited to, the filing of a complete set of fingerprints as required in s.1012.32; documentation of a minimum education level of a high school diploma or equivalent, and completion of an initial orientation and training program in district policies and procedures addressing school safety and security procedures, educational liability laws, professional responsibilities and ethics.
(b) Candidates who have no prior teaching experience, as determined by the employing school district, must complete an additional training program that includes classroom management skills and instructional strategies.
Temporary Instructor requirements:
M-DCPS Temporary Instructor employment application requirements include:
The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) is an intensive competency-based alternative pathway to teacher certification in an accelerated mode. The program is designed for non-education majors who have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree to become “highly qualified” teachers and obtain professional state certificate. Programs address high-need subject areas and specializations such as: Exceptional Student Education (K-12), Mathematics Education (6-12), Science Education (6-12), and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (K-12).
The EPI offers a seven-course program (21 credits) that can be completed in as few as two semesters. The program adheres to rigorous standards and includes field experience. Please note: the EPI program must be completed in its entirety for certification. Each course meets on Fridays (5-10pm) and Saturdays (8am-4pm) for three weekends of the month.
Admissions Policy and Guidelines:
Obtaining a Statement of Eligibility from the Florida Department of Education:
Program of Study:
|Module 1:||EPI0001 Classroom Management
EPI0002 Instructional Strategies
EPI0004 Teaching and Learning
|Module 2:||EPI0010 Research Based Practices in Reading|
|Module 3:||EPI0020 Professional Foundations
EPI0940 Clinical Experience for Professional Foundations
|Module 4:||EPI0030 Diversity
EPI0945 Clinical Experience for Diversity
The Center for Professional Development offers courses for curent teachers for certification and recertification. These courses are offered in weekend and accelerated models. In order to register, you must contact an SOE advisor. Note: all courses in the baccalaureate degree programs are also available to inservice teachers for recertification.
NEW Teacher Certification and Recertification courses
ENDORSEMENTS:The School of Education offers four endorsements to current teachers who wish to enhance their knowledge of expertise and expand their career opportunities. Many of these endorsements are offered in the summer in a condensed version (one week per course). All of these courses are accepted by the Florida Department of Education for recertification.