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Reading Endorsement

Reading Endorsement Spring B 2021 Registration OPEN

Reading Endorsement sessions Spring B 2021 are now open for registration! View the attached flyer for dates and MyPGS Section numbers to register HERE.  Please remember participants can only register for one course per session and all pre-requisite courses must be met.  Questions?  Contact Miriam Gaylord (x20552) OR Meg Roa  (x20548)

The information below is an update provided by the Florida Department of Education regarding Commissioner Corcoran’s Executive Order 2020-07 that was issued on November 30, 2020.

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has issued Emergency Order 2020 – EO-07 for the spring semester. (Reference page 7 for Reading Endorsement information.)

EO-07 expands upon the critical flexibility and assurances outlined in EO-06 for Spring 2020, including:

  • Extends the deadline for teachers to obtain their Reading Endorsement to June 30, 2021, from December 31, 2020 (from FDOE's 2020 EO-02).

Please note this extension requires all educators who deliver tier 3 intensive reading instruction to be fully endorsed or certified by June 30, 2021.  Those who do not earn the endorsement or certification by this date will be limited to delivering tier 1 and 2 reading instruction until the endorsement or certification is earned.


HERE is the self-enroll link to the VCS Reading Endorsement Program information Canvas site. Please enroll so you can stay up-to-date with reading endorsement information.


Questions? Contact Meg Roa

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Online ESOL Courses for 2020-2021

Here are free online ESOL Endorsement courses for the 2020-2021 school year.  Click HERE to see the flyer of the courses.

•             Courses are online through Canvas and are 10-weeks.

•             Sign up through MyPGS for enrollment, start date indicates when course will open on Canvas.

For a list of the ESOL State Requirements please click HERE.

For questions relating to Online ESOL Courses please contact: Mayra Santiago, ESOL Specialist at


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ESE/Subject Area Exam Reimbursement Opportunity

The ESE Department and Human Resources Team is excited to announce that funds have been identified to reimburse VCS teachers for taking and passing either the ESE or subject-area exam required for dual certification to teach a specific ESE course. Current VCS teachers who paid for and passed the exam on or after July 1, 2020 are eligible for reimbursement. Due to the high number of vouchers given out by the FLDOE earlier this year, proof of purchase and a passing score report will need to be submitted to Robin King ( in the HR Certification Office. Reimbursements will be processed on a “first come, first serve” basis until the funds are used up.  Please review the attached flyer HERE for additional details. If you have any questions, please contact Christy Mahaney ( in the Recruitment & Retention Office.

Certification Requirement effective for validity dates starting 2020 and after (requirement is dependent on certification) House Bill 7069

Rule 6A-4.0051, F.A.C., Renewal and Reinstatement of a Professional Certificate

As required by s. 1012.585(3)(f), F.S., the department is required to identify coverage areas that must earn specific credit for renewal, which include providing reading instruction or intervention for any students in kindergarten through grade 6. Teachers with the following coverage areas must take two college-credit hours (or 40 hours of professional development) in the use of explicit, systematic and sequential approaches to reading instruction, developing phonemic awareness and implementing multisensory intervention strategies in order to renew professional certificates with a beginning validity period of July 1, 2020.

Coverage areas include:

  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Prekindergarten/Primary Education (age 3 through grade 3)
  • Elementary Education (grades 1-6)
  • Primary Education (grades K-3)
  • English (grades 1-6)
  • Middle Grades English (grades 5-9)
  • Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum (grades 5-9)
  • English (6-12)
  • Reading (K-12)
  • Reading (Endorsement)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (grades K-12).

(Important:  The courses that meet the HB 7069 criteria are for recertification only, they do not fulfill Reading Endorsement requirements.)

Coursework that meets these criteria and the 20-hour Exceptional Student Education requirement may count for both purposes. Additionally, coursework earned during the five years immediately preceding the current validity period, and not used for a previous renewal, may be used for this purpose as well.  


BESE currently offers a 20-hour Reading Difficulties, Disabilities, and Dyslexia-Revised course that counts toward the requirement; details found here:

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 Differentiation in Middle & High School (10-15 ESE Hours)

This course explores how to use differentiated instruction to specifically support secondary students be more successful learners- regardless of background, native language, learning preference, motivation, or school savvy.  Participants will engage in an independent study course focused on the book, Differentiation in Middle & High School:  Strategies to Engage All Learners, (Doubet & Hockett, 2015).  The book explores how to: 

  • Create a healthy classroom community in which student’s unique qualities and needs are as important as the ones they have in common. 
  • Translate curriculum into manageable and meaningful learning goals that are fit to be differentiated.
  • Use pre-assessment and formative assessment to uncover students' learning needs and tailor tasks accordingly. 
  • Present students with avenues to take in, process, and produce knowledge that appear to their varied interests and learning profiles.  
  • Navigate roadblocks to implementing differentiation.  

Successful completion of the course will earn you 10 ESE In-Service hours.  An opportunity to earn 5 additional ESE In-Service hours is also available.
Click here to Register!   

Developing Quality IEPs (10 ESE Hours) –  This course is based on the manual, Developing Quality Individual Education Plans:  A Guide for Instructional Personnel and Families, 5th Edition, and is designed to help educators effectively participate in the development of quality individual education plans (IEPs) for students with disabilities.  This process involves educators considering and participating in data-based decision-making that supports a student's academic, developmental and functional needs.  The IEP is in compliance with all requirements of state and federal laws and regulations and reflects decisions based on the active and meaningful involvement of all members of the IEP team.  Course work needs to be completed by 3/31/2021.
Click here to Register!
Elementary Section #: 95010
Middle Section #: 95011
High Section #: 95012

Solutions for Behavior Management (6-12 ESE Hours) – This course is designed to assist participants with access to evidence-based behavioral interventions and supports for students by incorporating the characteristics of students with behavioral needs, including Exceptional Student Education categories and their implications on behavior. Participants will receive a copy of The Teacher’s Encyclopedia for Behavior Management, 100 Problems – 500+ Plans, by Randy Sprick. (This professional learning is for participants who have not previously participated in this session through STARTS)  Course work needs to be completed by 3/31/2021.
Click here to Register!
Elementary Section #: 94999
Middle Section #: 95001
High Section #: 95004


The Florida Department of Education Bureau of Exceptional Student Education (BESE) Portal to Professional Development Alternatives (PDA) offers a variety of FREE online courses for Florida educators that will increase their ability to respond to the needs of students with disabilities.  There are a wide variety of online, self-paced independent courses available for ESECR credit upon submission of your Certificate of Completion to the Professional Learning. These courses are ALWAYS available online. 

Independent study courses are available in a variety of topics listed below, ranging from non-credit to 20 in-service credits.

· Assessment & Evaluation

· Behavior & Classroom Management

· Curriculum & Instruction

· ESE Policies & Procedures

· Instructional Methodology (e.g. Differentiated Inst., UDL)

· Language and Communication

· Pre-Kindergarten

· Secondary Transition

· Special Areas

· Subject Area Exam Preparation

To enroll in one of these courses:

1.   Go to:

2.   Under the Independent Study Courses heading, click Sign In.

3.       Click on Register as a New User if it is your first time on the site. If you are returning to this site to get back into a course, type in your email username and password.

4.       Click on a course title to expand the course to view the description, enroll or continue in a course, and to check your status.

5.       Upon completion of all required coursework, send your Certificate of Completion to Sarah Dowdell in the Professional Learning office for your in-service to be awarded in MyPGS.

Step by step, visual directions for registering and enrolling into these courses can be found HERE.

Questions, please contact Melissa Bisesi:


ESE Credit Requirement

​​​​20-Hours in Teaching SWD (Students with Disabilities)​ Required for Recertification 

In accordance with Senate Bill 1108, effective July 1, 2014, ALL individuals applying for recertification in Florida are required to earn 20 in-service credits or 1 semester hour in instructing students with disabilities (SWD) within the current validity period.  This requirement is included within the 120 in-service credit or six hours of college credit required for recertification. 

According to the Florida Legislature in order for a professional learning opportunity to qualify as an ESE credit, the main focus of the professional learning opportunity must be on the instruction of students with disabilities. There are four categories that meet the legislative requirement for ESE credit:

  • ​Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities
  • Classroom Management for Students with Disabilities
  • Assessment for Students with Disabilities
  • Curriculum for Students with Disabilities

What Training Can I Take?

ESECR Training Through VCS

Search the MyPGS calendar by keyword ESECR to see what training is currently available. Please note that some courses may be targeted to a particular grade level, classroom type or teacher type so the training might not be the right training for you. Click on the course title in MyPGS to see the details about the course. 


BESE (Bureau of Exceptional Student Education) Portal- Professional Development Alternatives (PDA) FREE Courses

The Florida Department of Education Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Serviced (BESE) Portal to Professional Development Alternatives (PDA) offers a variety of FREE online courses for Florida educators that will increase their ability to respond to the needs of students with disabilities. Please note that these online, self-paced courses  are available for ESECR credits upon submission of your Certificate of Completion to Sarah Dowdell in the Professional Learning department.  These course are ALWAYS available online. 

To enroll in one of these courses:

1. Go to

2. Under the Independent Study Courses heading, click Sign In.

3. Click on Register as a New user if it is your first time on the site.  If you are returning to the site type in your username and password.

4. Click on a course title to expand the course and view the description, enroll or continue in a course, and/or to check your status. 

5. Upon completion of all required coursework, send your Certificate of Completion to Sarah Dowdell in the office of Professional Learning for your in-service credits to be awarded in MyPGS.  BESE currently offers many self-paced ESE/SWD courses of varying point levels.


AFIRM Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules:

AFIRM: after actively engaging in a module, participants can earn a FREE certificate of completion with identified hours that will count toward ESE credit.  Please send your certificates of completion to Sarah Dowdell at the Office of Professional Learning as verification of hours to be entered in MyPGS.  


Autism internet Modules from OCALI:

OCALI AIM courses identify the number of hours for each module and have a process for earning a certificate of completion; each module certificate of completion costs $10.  Please send your certificates of completion to Sarah Dowdell at the Office of Professional Learning as verification of hours to be entered in MyPGS.  


Beacon Educator

Beacon ​Educator has two on on-demand self-paced modules designed to meet the Students with Disabilities in-service requirement for recertification. The cost is $40 each and each module is equivalent to 20 in-service points. 

  • SWD: ESE for All Educators (SB 1108)
  • SWD: Managing Challenging Student Behaviors (SWB 1108)


College Coursework​

Many colleges are also now offering a 1-semester hour college course (equivalent to 20 in-service credits).  College courses must be from an accredited college or university and cannot be remedial.


Other Workshops/Courses

If you find a course that is not listed here and are not sure if it qualifies, please send the flyer to Sarah Dowdell at the Professional Learning department to see if it will qualify as an ESE in-service credit. 


What if I earn more than I need for my renewal period?

ESE points earned during one validity period (while holding a teaching certificate) after July 1, 2014, and not used to renew may be banked for future use.  


Additional renewal requirements relating to Certification or job-role:

Any other job-related or certificate-related renewal requirements please contact Robin King in Certification. 

Robin King 386-734-7190 extension 20660


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B.E.S.T. Standards for Elementary English Language Arts

Florida's B.E.S.T. Standards Elementary English Language Arts Professional Learning Opportunities
K-5 Florida's B.E.S.T. Standards for English Language Arts Overview
Description: Participants will learn about the organization for Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards for English Language Arts and the supporting resources.
Audience: ALL K-5 teachers, ESOL teachers, ESE teachers & administrators
Format: Virtual Via Teams
Compensation: Teachers will receive 2 in-service credits and will be provided a $15 per hour stipend to attend.
March 8, 2021, 3-5 PM, MyPGS Section 95470 (Elementary) Instructors: Rybinski, Desiree; Wiggins, Sheri
April 13, 2021, 3-5 PM, MyPGS Section 95471 (Elementary) Instructors: Rybinski, Desiree; Klein, Mistie
April 22, 2021, 3-5 PM, MyPGS Section 95472 (Elementary) Instructors: Rybinski, Desiree; Boone, Cara

B.E.S.T. Standards Introduction for 6-12 ELA & Reading – Spring 2021 Second Semester PL Options

This training is the same information repeated on various dates to allow options for teachers.

OPTIONAL  (no stipend provided) PL offered each month from February – May to give Secondary ELA & Reading teachers an opportunity to learn about the new ELA B.E.S.T. Standards.

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March 8, 2021

4:45 – 6:45 PM

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April 13, 2021

4:45 – 6:45 PM

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May 6, 2021

4:45 – 6:45 PM

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During the training it will be helpful to have to the Florida ELA B.E.S.T. Standards which are available at:

If you print, please know the document is 221 pages in length and you will want to place it in a binder.

If you are viewing the training and the B.E.S.T. Standards document electronically, it will be helpful to have more than one screen on which to see the information.


ACHIEVE 3000 – Semester 2 Optional Training Dates

Target Audience: Current middle and high school Achieve 3000 teachers and coaches

Thursday evenings throughout second semester.  Each evening will vary in topics and learning and will take place via ZOOM in the links provided.

Title of Session

MYPGS Section

Time of Day


Zoom Link

Achieve 3000 Best Practices, Reports, & Digging Deeper Late February


4:30 - 6:00 PM

Thursday, 25-Feb


Achieve 3000 Best Practices, Reports, & Digging Deeper Ending Quarter 3


4:30 - 6:00 PM

Thursday, 11-Mar


Achieve 3000 Best Practices, Reports, & Engaging Learners for Quarter 4


4:30 - 6:00 PM

Thursday, 8-Apr


Clinical Educator Training

Are you interested in supervising student teachers during their field experience courses or internships?

If so, you will need to complete this required Clinical Educator training (15 hours) before you can serve as a supervising teacher. We are offering a 6 week interactive Canvas course facilitated by a teacher leader. The course is aligned to the four clinical components identified by the Florida Department of Education.



  • A professional teaching certificate
  • At least 3 years of successful teaching experience in Volusia County.


Please see the attached flyer for details and registration information. If you have any questions, please contact Claudine Henderson at ext. 20425.

Premium Library Professional Learning Opportunities  ASCD courses (offering 3 – 12 in-service points) are now available using the Premium Library on the MyPGS platform.  Please view the attached flyer HERE and access the link provided for more details.  If you would like to participate, please contact Claudine Henderson to request registration.  Availability is limited!

Tobacco Prevention Program

The Tobacco Prevention Program is proud to present the professional development and continuing education (school nurses) course offerings for the 2020-2021 school year.  The courses are offered completely free and are sponsored by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Department of Health.

This year the courses offered are:

*60 Point Comprehensive Tobacco Prevention Course for Educators

*30 Point Tobacco Prevention Course for Educators

*10 Point ENDS (vaping) Prevention Course for Educators

New this year - Educators may now register for the ENDS course and either the 60 or 30 point course if they choose.

Registration is currently open and can be found at

 Click HERE for the flyer.

If you have any questions please email or call 561-366-6155.


Para-to-Teacher Tuition Support Program

We are excited to announce and promote the Para-to-Teacher Tuition Support Program in our school district. The Para-to-Teacher Tuition Support Program (flyer HERE) is a special program that is being offered and funded by the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services. The link will take you to the website to complete the tuition support application (criteria for consideration is located on the application). DSC and UCF are both partners listed with the program.  This is an opportunity for Paraprofessionals to get financial assistance to earn their teaching degree. This is a state run program. For questions regarding the Para-to-Teacher Tuition Support Program, visit or contact Dr. Keri Fogle by email at

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The Teacher Induction Program for New Teachers has moved to the Office of Recruitment and Retention

Welcome New Teachers!  Your contacts for the Teacher Induction Program are:

  • Christy Mahaney, Coordinator of Recruitment and Retention, 386-734-7190 extension 20492
  • Bonnie Turner, Office Specialist of Recruitment and Retention, 386-734-7190 extension 20115

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Do you need help preparing for the General Knowledge Exam? If so, VCS is offering subtest specific virtual training sessions in February & March. Please see the attached flyer for registration details and MyPGS section numbers.  If you have any questions, please contact Christy Mahaney or Bonnie Turner.

CHAMPS Training

CHAMPS training is a required component of the VCS New Teacher Induction Program (TIP). Teachers who have not fulfilled this requirement must participate in CHAMPS face to face training OR complete the CHAMPS online Canvas course.  Please review the CHAMPS flyer HERE for registration details and MyPGS section numbers. Note: Teachers who participated in the voluntary CHAMPS training this summer or are graduates from Daytona State College have already fulfilled this requirement. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Turner at


VSET/DPP Online Canvas Course

VSET/DPP training is a required component of the VCS New Teacher Induction Program (TIP).  Please review the VSET/DPP flyer HERE for registration details and MyPGS section numbers. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Turner.


Diversity & Equity Training Spring Schedule

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Description automatically generatedDiversity & Equity training is a required component of the VCS New Teacher Induction Program (TIP). Teachers who participated in this session during the VCS Pre-Service Event have already fulfilled this requirement.  Teachers who did not attend must attend a face to face training or participate and complete the Diversity & Equity Canvas course.  Please review the Spring Diversity & Equity flyer HERE for registration details and MyPGS section numbers. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Turner.


Ethics in our Schools -  Ethics in our Schools is a required component of the VCS New Teacher Induction Program (TIP). Teachers who participated in this session during the VCS Pre-Service have already fulfilled this requirement.  Teachers who did not attend must register and sign up for one of the training dates listed on the flyer. Please review the Ethics in Our Schools flyer HERE for registration details and MyPGS section numbers. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Turner.

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The Test Camp

Teachers Training Sites:  MasterPass registration is now open for 2021.  TEACHERS can begin training this week. Choose TEACHERS Find a list of current Teachers Training Sites that includes many of the Subject Area Exams. This is your test training home. Contact us and we'll tailor a set of training sites for your TEACHERS

Questions, contact the Camp Office: 407.466.8010

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Special Announcement for MyPGS Users

MyPGS’s parent company PowerSchool has ended support for Internet Explorer, meaning any product issues that arise specific to Internet Explorer browsers will not be addressed. While this does not mean PowerSchool products will stop working on Internet Explorer, over time, users may see an increased level of Internet Explorer-specific bugs are not addressed. To minimize web browser-related disruption, PowerSchool strongly recommends using Google Chrome as your web browser while using their products including MyPGS.

College/University Information

American College of Education

American College of Education is one of the most cost-conscience choices in higher education and accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. Our fully online degree and certificate programs allow students to take classes whenever their schedule allows, wherever that may be.

M.Ed. in Special Education

This program is for current PreK-12 special education teachers who want to expand their knowledge and earn a master's degree. It is a 34-hour program designed to provide an in-depth study of research-based methods to support students with exceptionalities in current educational settings.

Ed.S. in District Level Administration

This degree is designed for educational leaders who wish to become a superintendent or district-level administrator. This program equips students with the skills necessary to effectively lead a PreK-12 school district.

Volusia County Schools has a dedicated partnership website; your district has a Partnership Grant that makes ACE tuition even more affordable. This grant is available to all current employees who are ready to start a certificate or degree program at American College of Education.

Bethune-Cookman University

Bethune-Cookman University: The Master of Education in Exceptional Student Education Program is a 33 credit-hour, evidence-based online graduate program designed to prepare in-service teachers to serve students with disabilities in the Pre-K through 12 setting. The use of technology integration prepares graduates for a connected and global digital society. Graduate students will participate in a 2-year program during the fall, spring and summer semesters, selecting a specialization area of study in Pre-K Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) prior to admission to the program.

The specialization tracks in this program reflect the State of Florida's endorsement courses in Pre-K Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Are you looking to obtain a Master's degree? Take the next step! Here are some of the benefits of earning a Master's degree at BCU:

  • Affordable Fully Online Degree
  • Full time students graduate in three semesters
  • USDLA Certified (B-CU is the First and Only University in the State of Florida to be United States Distance Learning Association certified)
  • Specialization tracks in ASD or Pre-K Disabilities

Our graduates are currently working throughout the nation, providing professional development, educational presentations and making other remarkable strides in various areas of exceptional student education!

In order for your application to be reviewed a complete admission package is required:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your professional teaching license OR GRE scores
  • Official transcripts from your highest degree
  • Essay expressing your interest in the program
  • Resume


Concordia University

A partnership with Concordia University-Portland gives Volusia County School employees access to exclusive scholarships for over twenty graduate education degree programs. Concordia's accredited, fully online programs are designed to enhance your skills and fit your busy life.

Concordia University MEd programs can be completed fully online in one year and the EdD program can be completed fully online in three years. Choose the program and concentration right for you and enhance your skills as an education professional. MEd programs begin approximately every five weeks and EdD programs begin approximately every eight weeks.

Concordia University-Portland’s groundbreaking new concentration, Trauma and Resilience in Educational Settings, is unique, imperative, and timely. In one year, you could bring life-changing knowledge to your school and, at the same time, care for yourself.

Support students affected by trauma and help them thrive in the classroom. Nearly two out of three students experience trauma and it often openly or subtly affects their focus, behavior, and success in the classroom.

These kids need a teacher, a principal, a guidance counselor, a school nurse - someone at school with extensive knowledge on how to recognize and respond to trauma. If that person is you, building strength in your students is as important as cultivating it in yourself.

Volusia County Schools employees are eligible to receive multiple scholarships:

  • $4,000 Master’s degrees
  • $10,000 for Doctoral Degrees
  • 20 percent off certificate programs

Program and benefits information

Daytona State College

Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)

Daytona State College offers a variety of programs for future and current educators including the EPI program for Teacher Certification

The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) provides the necessary training for candidates already holding a four-year baccalaureate degree (other than education) who may be interested in becoming highly qualified teachers in Florida.

In addition to becoming prepared to pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE), candidates who successfully complete the EPI program will be eligible to receive their five-year Florida Professional Educator's Certificate.

Reading Endorsement

DSC now offers all five Competencies of Reading Endorsement in three online courses.

The Reading Endorsement will allow Florida educators to meet the need for highly-qualified teachers in reading, per the Florida Department of Education requirements under the Just Read, Florida! initiative.

ESE/SWD Requirement Fulfillment

Daytona State College offers a course that fulfills the ESE/SWD requirement:

Students with Disability Renewal Requirement

  • EEX4034 Introduction of ESE to Inclusion Teachers (one credit course for Renewal Requirement)
  • This course is provided fully online and can be completed in 7 to 8 weeks. This course uses modules so that students can proceed at their own pace.

Florida Atlantic University

The Florida Atlantic University Departments of Educational Leadership & Research Methodology and Curriculum, Culture, & Educational Inquiry are pleased to launch their joint Teacher Leadership Certificate (TLC). The fully online, non-degree seeking program has been aligned with the Teacher Leader Model Standards and is delivered through five courses that bring together the most current theory and practice in curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, and instructional supervision.

The fully revised and updated Clinical Education course, which can be taken on its own, applies evidence-based teacher evaluation models to prepare teachers to observe, coach, and mentor teachers and student interns.

The TLC is designed for emerging teacher leaders - not aspiring principals - who are making a significant difference in the classroom, school and community, and who would benefit from developing expertise in a range of topics including curriculum development, data-informed decision making, leadership of professional learning communities, and clinical supervision.

The IDEAL School Leaders Master's Degree Program Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, Florida; A Synchronous Distributed eLearning Program:

This fully revised program has been designed to cater to the needs of aspiring educational leaders in public, charter, private, and international schools. Through IDEAL (for Inclusive Development of School Administrators and Leaders), outstanding teachers take a rigorous graduate-level program that enables them to become credentialed and qualified school-based administrators.

This degree will be offered as a synchronous distributed eLearning program, which will allow students either to attend classes in-person at the FAU Boca Raton campus, or join classes remotely using our video-conferencing platform. This means that students can apply to this high-quality program regardless of their location. It should be understood that this is a rigorous but adaptable program that will allow districts and schools ensure that students can tailor the coursework to the needs of their schools.

For additional information inquiries, please contact John Hardman, IDEAL Program Coordinator, at

Florida Gulf Coast University

FGCU is a new university partner for us; it is a public state university with a portfolio of programs to offer. Below are some highlights for your information.


Program Highlights:

  • 100% online
  • 6 start dates per year
  • GRE/GMAT not required
  • Lower online tuition rate
  • Complete in as few as 12 months
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) & Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly NCATE)


Programs Offered 100% Online:

M. Ed. - Special Education:

  • Built for general educators, as well as those without teaching experience, who want to improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities while advancing professionally.


M.Ed. - Curriculum & Instruction: concentration in Reading

  • Built for K-12 teachers seeking added professional certification in reading in order to make a greater impact on students and achieve career goals.


M.Ed. - Curriculum & Instruction: concentration in Elementary Ed.

  • Built for PK-12 teachers who want to advance their knowledge in curriculum development at the elementary level in order to make a greater impact on young learners


M.Ed. - Educational Leadership:

  • Designed for teachers with at least two years of experience who are seeking the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) Level 1 Educational Leadership certification.
  • This degree program leads to certification upon successful completion of coursework, internship, and passing of the Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE).


M.A. - Educational Leadership: concentration in P-12 Education

  • Designed for new teachers or those coming in from outside of education with limited teaching experience who want to advance their career in educational leadership without Florida certification.


M.A. - Educational Leadership: concentration in Higher Education

  • Built for those who work in post-secondary and higher education and aspire to meet professional goals in college, university, and technical school settings.


Questions about FGCU, click HERE

or contact Johanna Newman, M.Ed., Executive Director – Education

Florida Southern College

Interested in improving your classroom skills and better managing your classroom?

Want to branch out into new areas of expertise and enrich your students' experiences?

Take a look at Florida Southern College's Teacher Workshops.

Florida State University

Florida State University offers a fully online Educational Leadership program at the master's (M.S.), specialist (Ed.S.), and certificate levels.

Apply online now or visit to learn more.

Online Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction - choose from a variety of areas, Elementary Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Social Science Education, and Special Education.

Doctoral Leadership Grant - Communication for Young Children to Enhance Learning (CYCEL)

FSU's College of Education now offers:

As an added bonus, certified special education teachers in Florida can obtain the Autism endorsement on their teaching certificate upon completion of any of these programs.

The online graduate certificate program takes one year to complete and consists of six courses (16 credit hours), while the online master's in ASD will take two years to complete and includes 12 courses (34 credit hours). The on-campus master's consists of 11 courses (33 credit hours).

Florida State University’s school counseling program will prepare the next generation of school counselors to work in urban and rural school settings as well as promote healthy social/emotional development, academic achievement, and college and career readiness.

Visit FSU’s website for additional information on the application process and more details about the school counseling program.

Please contact the Academic Program Specialist, Taneshia Toussaint if you are interested in the school counseling program or have additional questions.

Full Sail University

Full Sail University Professional Development

The Outreach Department offers free professional development opportunities for educators both on-campus and online.

Full Sail University also offers free professional development opportunities.

Grand Canyon University

NES/Praxis General Knowledge Exam Preparation Workshops: now running every month.


K12 Leadership Collaboration Zoom Registration

GCU is hosting a complimentary virtual professional development series for our K-12 administrators in partnering school districts.  

  • Cancel the Complaints and Negate the Negativity, Tues 4/20 2pm EST

Professional Development for K12 Educators

GCU is hosting a complimentary virtual professional development series for our K12 educators in partnering school districts.   These sessions are two-part series offered separately for educators of grades K-5 and 6-12.

Please contact Mark Kaczmarek at 386-341-8106 or DIRECTLY if you are interested in any of these GCU opportunities.  

Keiser University

Keiser University is currently accepting applications for the Master of Education in School Counseling Program.  This Master of Education in School Counseling program curriculum is aligned with the professional competencies of school counseling and will be delivered online by experienced professors with doctoral degrees.  Qualified students with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and an active teaching certificate may be interested in this 60-credit graduate program. The program features two residency experiences where students will meet face-to-face over a weekend in an intensive learning conference with professors.  


Keiser University Graduate School offers masters and doctoral programs in education that are fully online.  These programs are designed for the working adult learner delivered online and at a pace that allows one to work and go to school.   The following programs are available: 


Ph.D. in Educational Leadership 

Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) 

Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction 

Masters in Educational Leadership 

Masters in Teaching and Instruction 

Masters in College Administration 

Masters in Online Teaching and Learning (IDT) 

Masters in Allied Health Teaching and Leadership 


Web Site: School Counseling: 

               Graduate Programs: 

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Adragna, PH.D., Ed.S.

Miami University of Oxford, Ohio

Miami University

Miami University of Oxford, Ohio’s Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP), is an affordable master’s program combines web instruction from Miami University with place-based experiences provided through the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, one of several AIP Master Institutions in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Jacksonville, New York City, San Diego, Seattle, and St. Louis.  The 2021 application is now open at

In the Advanced Inquiry Program from Miami University’s Project Dragonfly, students join a growing network of conservation leaders while gaining unprecedented opportunities not found in more traditional master’s programs. Online, at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and in their own backyards and neighborhoods, each student creates and engages in projects that affect positive social and ecological change to improve their communities, the environment, and the human condition.

Applications are being accepted until February 28 at Courses begin in May 2021.

To support involvement by a broad range of professionals, Miami University discounts tuition for participants accepted to AIP graduate courses. Enrollment is open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree, regardless of academic major or profession.

Applicants may contact the AIP Coordinator at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Leanne White, at


Interested in a global classroom? Miami’s Project Dragonfly also offers global field courses, which can build toward the AIP master’s degree. Earth Expeditions are study abroad courses that take place online and in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas. Earth Expeditions courses can be taken as stand-alone graduate credit, or they can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP) master's degree. The GFP combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities, and students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. http://EarthExpeditions.MiamiOH.edu

Project Dragonfly reaches millions of people each year through inquiry-driven learning media, public exhibits, and graduate programs worldwide. Dragonfly is based at Miami University, a state university in Oxford, Ohio, established in 1809 and listed as one of the eight original Public Ivies.

Project Dragonfly, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056


National Louis University

National Louis University Spring 2021 flyer click HERE.  

NLU, educating educators since 1886, will be offering the Ed.S. in School Psychology degree program through our Florida Regional Training Center and our new Virtual Classroom Experience!

• Reduce Your Tuition—Florida Educators receive a 20% tuition scholarship for the Ed.S. in School Psychology cohort

• Practitioner-oriented Curriculum—Gain hands-on training through extensive field-based practicum and internships.

• Credentials and Certification—The Ed.S. in School Psychology state certification degree program is approved by the Florida Department of Education to lead to school psychology certification upon completion of all program and state requirements.

• Learn from Florida practitioners—The faculty are current or former Florida School Psychologists.

• Convenient Part-time Class Schedule—Work while you attend school.  We meet you where you are with virtual classroom experiences that combine the intimacy of a real classroom with the convenience of online learning from wherever you want, or need to be.  Along with convenient local residencies.

Contact – Middalia Carpio - 407-968-5460 -

Nova Southeastern University

NSU offers online, advanced degree options that will equip and empower you to transform your school or organization and accomplish more. Learn how to shape and motivate others to reach corporate, public sector, nonprofit, or higher education goals. Be a bold leader with an edge..  Click HERE for the 2020 Nova Southeastern flyer.  

Saint Leo College

Saint Leo's Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) provides an alternate route to teacher certification for mid-career professionals and college graduates who were not education majors.

St. Petersburg College

SPC offers a variety of professional preparation courses each term including courses for Teachers who need to Recertify and Teachers with Temporary Certificates going to Regular Professional Teaching Certificates.

SPC's state-approved Educator Preparation Institute Certificate leads to a Florida Professional Certification, so you can bring your non-education bachelor's degree to St. Petersburg College and earn a teaching credential in only three semesters.

St. Petersburg College, SPC, offers fully online Autism courses.  

Courses are offered evenings and online to fit a teacher's work schedule. You can apply online.

Seminole State College

Seminole State's Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) helps baccalaureate degree holders (in fields outside of education) earn their Florida Professional Certification to teach in a K-12 classroom within nine months.

We offer courses that individuals may use to renew their teaching certificate including a course that meets the FLDOE SWD (Students with Disabilities) renewal requirement.

Need a Reading Endorsement? Seminole State College’s EPI Program can help! In just 5 online courses you can become Reading Endorsed. Take them in Spring or Summer in the EPI Program or combine them with courses from your District and you’ll be eligible to add this endorsement to your teaching certificate! Questions, please email Gina Fontana at


Stetson University

Interested in getting your master's degree or know someone who would be a great asset in an Educational Leadership program? Stetson University will be holding information sessions for the Teacher Education Graduate Programs on our Celebration and DeLand campuses. Stetson offers a 40% tuition discount to teachers, counselors, and administrators who working for non-profit organizations.

Stetson Teacher Scholar Grants

The objective of the Stetson Teacher Scholars program is to assist teachers to advance their education for the purpose of renewing certification, completing a graduate degree, attaining skills to enhance performance, or enriching personal knowledge. Stetson is particularly interested in assisting teachers from under-represented groups to achieve these general objectives. The Stetson Teacher Scholar Grants are usually available during the Spring of each year.

Stetson University Online Continuing Education

Stetson University has partnered with Virtual Education Software, inc. to offer continuing education units courses for K-12 educators online or via CD-Rom. These interactive continuing education courses provide expert instruction at a pace that fits your schedule.

University of Central Florida

UCF PROJECT BRIDGES 2.0: Collaborative Intervention Specialist

Project BRIDGES is an innovative federally-funded project that includes funding for courses leading to either a Master of Education in Special Education or an Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology coupled with a Collaborative Intervention Specialist Graduate Certificate.  The Graduate Certificate for a Collaborative Intervention Specialist emphasizes interdisciplinary preparation of special education teachers and school psychologists to support students with high-intensity needs.  See details HERE.  For more information email:

UCF has started an Elementary Education M.Ed. program to make it easier for you to earn certifications and endorsements while you earn a master’s degree!

If your district requires you to earn endorsements (ESOL, reading, gifted, etc.), why not complete a master’s degree, too?

The Elementary Education. M.Ed. program only requires 10 classes with the option to complete all of them online.

Become a more effective teacher and gain valuable knowledge to meet the ever-increasing demands of the field…and earn more money! Most districts pay an additional $3,000 to $4,500 annually for an M.Ed. in elementary education. This program also serves as a pathway to other professional opportunities and maybe even a doctorate degree.

Here are just a few of the areas of specialization you might choose within your degree: 

  • ESOL endorsement
  • Reading endorsement
  • Exceptional Education certification
  • Gifted certification
  • Professional certification

 Do you currently hold a professional or temporary certificate in elementary education and have at least one year of experience? You’re eligible to apply! Even if you hold only a temporary certificate, you can earn your professional certificate through this program.

 Apply here:

 Questions? Email

UCF's Initial Teacher Professional Preparation: This certificate program prepares candidates to meet the state requirements for Florida teacher certification and is designed for students who have secured a teaching position, plan to teach or currently have a temporary teaching certificate. Get started today and begin your educational journey.


University of Florida

Teacher Leadership for School Improvement online graduate program at UF.

UF has some great science opportunities at the University of Florida this summer for a unique professional learning experience. From one-day Summer Shorts! to three-week curriculum and research experiences, you and your district educators can spend a little time recharging your teaching spirit with us. All of our programs are on the University of Florida campus and allow K-12 educators and research faculty opportunities to collaborate. The summer opportunities are listed below.

Visit for more information on all of our student and teacher programs.

University of South Florida

USF offers online preparation courses for FTCE.

University of West Florida

Please find attached flyer HERE advertising the webinars for the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and the Master of Education in Educational Leadership.  Teachers can scan the barcode to register for the webinars.   We offer a 10% discount in tuition, waive the application fee, and request transcripts at no cost to educators in your district.  

We at the University of West Florida commend and applaud our educators who are adapting to teach our traditional and remote students. We are very grateful for all that you do to support our community.  

Why UWF?

•             Regionally accredited university

•             CAEP accredited M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program

•             100% online classes

•             Application fee waiver and free credit evaluation available

•             10% tuition discount

We appreciate everything you do for our students. If you are interested in learning more, fill out our information request form.


•             Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed. – Elementary Education Comprehensive

•             Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed. – Middle Level Education Comprehensive

•             Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed. – Secondary Education Comprehensive

•             Educational Leadership, M.Ed.

•             Computer Science, M.S.

•             Cybersecurity, M.S.

•             Geographic Information Science Administration, M.S.

•             Information Technology, M.S.

•             Social Work, MSW

•             RN-BSN

•             MSN

Our programs are 100% online, affordable, and flexible. If you are not able to able to attend a webinar, are interested in a different program, or prefer a one to one conversation, please visit us online, call (833) 464-2256, or email  Don’t forget to mention the school district you work for. 

University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix offers an online course SPED/560 Teaching Learners with Disabilities to help your staff meet the SWD requirement to renew their Florida professional certificate.

Online Course Schedule

Florida approved course alignments to meet endorsement and licensure requirements

University of Phoenix offers English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement.

University of Phoenix offers a 10 percent tuition reduction for Continuing Education for Teachers courses. Take our courses to meet endorsement or licensure requirements.

To take advantage of your 10 percent tuition reduction, please contact or call/text at 312-659-8475.

Western Governors University    

At WGU, students can earn a teaching degree that leads to licensure in Florida for about half the cost of other online universities. Our degree programs are designed for the working adult and provide a faster, flexible path.

Now is the time to take advantage of WGU’s scholarship funds to earn a teaching degree. Our Become a Teacher Scholarship, valued at up to $4000, is designed to remove obstacles from achieving educational goals. This scholarship even provides financial support during the demonstration teaching portion of the program.

Jonathan Workman, MBA, Senior Coordinator, Field Placement                   

4001 South 700 East, Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Direct: 385-428-8965
Toll Free: 866-889-0132 ext. 8965
Fax: 801-401-7961

Teacher Tuition Reimbursement

As a reminder, VCS will reimburse current Teachers one college course per current fiscal year. Questions? Contact Crystal Bradley