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Volusia LEARNS!

We are excited to announce that our annual summer professional learning conference, Volusia LEARNS!, will be taking place on July 12-15, 2021 and July 19-22, 2021.  There will be sessions on a variety of topics delivered in the following formats:  face-to-face, online via Zoom and Teams, and self-paced Canvas courses.  Attached is a SAVE THE DATE flyer.  More information will be forthcoming.  We hope to see you there!


Are you interested in becoming an Instructional Coach?

Join our webinar, “So You Think You Want to be an Instructional Coach?”  to learn more about the role of an instructional coach.  Teachers will learn how they can support their peers and students, as they grow in this leadership role.  Questions, please contact Claudine Henderson: chenders@volusia.k12.fl.us.  To view the flyer, please click HERE.

Register for one available date:

May 25, 2021                    7 pm - 8 pm                        MyPGS Section #95903

June 8, 2021                    11 am – 12 pm                     MyPGS Section #95904

June 14, 2021                    1 pm – 2 pm                       MyPGS Section #95905

 


 

Join us for our Mathematics Summer Book Club

Dive into summer with a good book about Math and Formative Assessment!                                    

You will receive the book, The Formative 5: Everyday Assessment Techniques for Every Math Classroom at the end of May and have time to dive into reading then meet for a book study discussion on June 22nd!

Go to MyPGS (see sections below) and sign up by May 20th to receive your book in time to read for our summer book club! 

There are two options to choose from be part of this engaging book study facilitated by Dr. Tammy Dery.

Both sessions for the book study collaborative discussion will be the same, pick the morning or afternoon session that best fits your summer schedule! 

The Formative 5; Summer 2021

June 22, 2021, Morning 9-11 AM

Section #:         95695

June 22, 2021, Afternoon 2 – 4 PM

Section #:         96048

Course/book study is designed for the mathematics classroom teacher. The Formative 5 will help you build your mathematics-related formative assessment capacity through daily use of these five key techniques, leading to regularly monitored and improved learning opportunities for your students.  Participants will receive a copy of The Formative 5 book.  Reading Plan: Chapters 1-3 by June 11, 2021, Chapter 4-5 by June 20, 2021.  Use the Book study question found on Pages 148-166 for "Before You Read: Self Reflection", "As You Read: New Insights", and then be ready for the "After You Read: Discussion" at the 2-hour virtual collaboration/book discussion meeting on June 22nd.​​​​​​​


B.E.S.T. Standards Grades K-12 Language Arts Teachers Save the Date

June 14 & 15 at University High School: registrants are requested to commit to both days

Grades K-5 Benchmark Advance

Grades 6-12 HMH Intro Literature

Save the Date Flyer HERE


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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Date

Time

Microsoft TEAMS join link

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Thursday,

May 6, 2021

4:45 – 6:45 PM

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

 

During the training it will be helpful to have to the Florida ELA B.E.S.T. Standards which are available at: http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/18736/urlt/ELAStandards.pdf

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.


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!

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 https://florida-ese.org/tuition-support 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 https://paratoteacherprogram.com or contact Dr. Keri Fogle by email at kerifogle@uwf.edu

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Reading Endorsement: Summer 2021 VCS Course Offerings and *NEW* Opportunity from UF Lastinger Center

  • Registration is OPEN for Summer 2021 VCS Reading Endorsement courses! Competencies 1, 2 and 3 are being offered in either 9- or 12-week sessions.
  • The University of Florida Lastinger Center is offering an opportunity to earn the reading endorsement through their online, competency-based program – Flamingo Literacy Matrix—for FREE. Seats are limited so interested participants must complete a pre-enrollment form.  A staff member from the Lastinger Center will confirm registration directly with participants. 

For more details for both options, including REGISTRATION information, click HERE.  Questions? Contact Meg Roa or Miriam Gaylord

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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ESOL Requirements

​​​​​​​Attached you will find the online ESOL courses for the 2021-2022 school year HERE as well as the state ESOL Requirements HERE.  If you are not sure what Category you fall under, you must contact HR-Certifications.

a.       Category I requirement: all 5 courses that are 60 hours (follow link for timeframe of completion)

b.       Category II and IV requirement: one of the courses that is 60 hours EXCEPT ESOL Language and Literacy

c.       Category III requirement: 18-hour ESOL Theory and Practice course

For any questions relating to the online ESOL courses, please contact Mayra Santiago at: masantia@volusia.k12.fl.us or Sylvia Garcia-Wolff at: smgarcia@volusia.k12.fl.us

 

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Spotlight on Dyslexia

This is a fantastic FREE virtual professional learning opportunity for all teachers to learn how to support students with dyslexia. Teachers can earn ESE credits toward the 20 hour ESE recertification requirement and 40 in-service recertification requirement  for HB7069. Credits are earned by participating in virtual sessions live or on demand and submitting session certificates to Sarah Dowdell in the Office of Professional Learning. Please see the link below for more information.  

  • Register now for our virtual conference, Spotlight on Dyslexia (SPOD), access begins on June 4, 2021 and will be on-demand through December 1.

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 (rmking@volusia.k12.fl.us) 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 (clmahane@volusia.k12.fl.us) 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:  https://fl-pda.org/independent/descriptions.aspx

FLDRS Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources

 

 

 

 

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.  Course work needs to be completed by 6/1/2021. 
Click here to Register!   
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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 6/1/2021. 
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 6/1/2021. 
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: www.fl-pda.org

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: MMBisesi@volusia.k12.fl.us


HB 7069 40-hour Reading Recertification Requirement (not Reading Endorsement)

An educator whose application for renewal of a certificate with a beginning validity date of July 1, 2020, or thereafter, must have earned at least two (2) college credits, forty (40) inservice points, or a combination thereof, in the use of explicit, systematic, and sequential approaches to reading instruction, developing phonemic awareness, and implementing multisensory intervention strategies if the educator is renewing any of the following coverages below.

The Reading-ESE 40-hour requirement applies to anyone with the following coverages:

  • 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)

Timeframes:

  • If an educator with one of those coverages renewed in 2020, the 40 hours must be earned by 2025.
  • If an educator with one of those coverages renews in 2021, the 40 hours must be earned by 2026.
  • If an educator with one of those coverages renews in 2022, the 40 hours must be earned by 2027.
  • If an educator with one of those coverages renews in 2023, the 40 hours must be earned by 2028.
  • If an educator with one of those coverages renews in 2024, the 40 hours must be earned by 2029.

Free Professional Learning Options that will count towards the HB7069 40-hour Reading Recertification Requirement

  • VCS will offer courses that will be announced and will be searchable in MyPGS with keyword RDGESECR
  • FDLRS will be offering the Exploring Structured Literacy (40 hours) online facilitated course multiple times throughout the 2021-2022 SY.
  • The BESE Portal offers two independent study courses: 
    • Reading Difficulties, Disabilities and Dyslexia (20 hours)
    • Structured Literacy through a Multi-Sensory Approach (20 hours)

To enroll in one of the BESE Portal courses:

  1. Go to:  www.fl-pda.org.  Step by step, visual directions for registering and enrolling into these courses can be found HERE.
  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.

Beacon ​Educator Professional Learning Options (These courses require payment by participant.)

  • Reading Challenges 1: Dyslexia and More (SWD) (20 hours)
  • Reading Challenges 2: Structured Literacy (20 hours)​​​​​​​

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:

1. Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities

2. Classroom Management for Students with Disabilities

3. Assessment for Students with Disabilities

4. 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 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. 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 www.fl-pda.org

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.  BEESS currently offers many self-paced ESE/SWD courses of varying point levels.

 

AFIRM Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules:

https://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/node/137

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:

https://autisminternetmodules.org/mod_obj.php?mod_id=19

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 Teacher-Certification@volusia.k12.fl.us


 

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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

Requesting your in-service records from another District

 


 

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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.

 

 

 

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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

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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 whardma1@fau.edu


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 johanna.newman@apdegrees.com


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 education.fsu.edu/eda 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

Grand Canyon University

Master Degree programs at GCU:  Start date every Monday in May.  Click HERE for details. 

25% discount for all bachelor degrees if student starts in May.

Free virtual events for people trying to pass the General Knowledge exam:

  • General Knowledge Exam Preparation Workshops:
  • NES/Praxis Math Zoom Registration   
    • Tuesday, May 11th - 4:30pm EST
    • Thursday, May 27th - 7:30pm EST
    • Thursday, June 10th – 7:30pm EST
    • Thursday, June 24th – 4:30pm EST
  • NES/Praxis Reading/Writing Zoom Registration: ​​​​​​​
    • Thursday, May 13th - 4:30pm EST
    • Tuesday, May 25th – 7:30pm EST
    • Tuesday, June 8th - 4:30pm EST
    • Thursday, June 24th 7:30pm EST
  •  Please contact Mark Kaczmarek at 386-341-8106 or mark.kaczmarek@gcu.edu 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:  https://www.keiseruniversity.edu/school-counseling-msed/ 

               Graduate Programs:   https://www.keiseruniversity.edu/programs/graduate-degrees/ 

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


National Louis University

National Louis University May 5 Virtual information session HERE

At this time we are offering Volusia County School District Employees a 20% percent scholarship of the price for our Masters and Ed Specialist Degrees and a 10% percent scholarship of our Doctorate Degrees.

• 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 - mcarpio@nl.edu


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 fontanag@seminolestate.edu

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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 their 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: bridges@ucf.edu


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: https://applynow.graduate.ucf.edu/apply/

 Questions? Email lisa.brooks@ucf.edu

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 https://www.cpet.ufl.edu/ for more information on all of our student and teacher programs.

 

UF Scientist in Every Florida School Summer Professional Development

Applications for the UF Scientist in Every Florida School Summer Professional Development research experience are now open. We are pleased to announce the third annual July professional development workshop for K-12 public school teachers, hosted by the University of Florida Thompson Earth Systems Institute's Scientist in Every Florida School program. This will be hosted virtually via Zoom. During this hands-on and collaborative workshop, scientists and teachers will work together to develop novel and engaging lesson plans. Within the context of Earth systems science, which include the global interactions of air, water, land, and life, this year's PD will focus on the Hydrosphere. Because hydrosphere concepts are taught in most grades, and in many contexts, this PD is open to K-12 teachers. During the PD, you will be paired with a scientific lab that will introduce you to their current research. You will work together with lab members to develop new lesson plans rooted in current research. Funded by the Scientist in Every Florida School Moonshot initiative, this PD is open to public school teachers in all of Florida's 67 counties. Click here to apply. Applications are due by May 15, 2021.


University of South Florida

USF offers online preparation courses for FTCE.

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USF Anchin Center Presents Effective Online Teaching Professional Development Series Summer 2021

Registration is open for our 3-course Effective Online Teaching Professional Development Series! 

  • Fully online and asynchronous; no required live sessions
  • Participants who complete all three courses will earn a Certificate of Advanced Professional Learning in Effective Online Teaching from USF’s David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

 

Please click HERE for USF Categories for Professional Development for K-12 Teachers and additional information.

 

Quick Information

Introduction to Effective Online Teaching

 

Building Relationships in Online Courses

 

Advanced Strategies for Effective Online Teaching

 

 


University of West Florida

Please find attached flyer HERE UWF is offering a 10% discount in tuition. 

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.  

Our programs are 100% online, affordable, and flexible. If you are interested please visit UWF online, call (833) 464-2256, or email onlinedegrees@uwf.edu.  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 Renee.Romo@phoenix.edu 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
fieldplacement@wgu.edu


Teacher Tuition Reimbursement

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


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Professional Development Institute

Our Spend More, Save More event happens only twice a year! Register now to take advantage of this sale and plan your professional development goals for the summer! Click here to go directly to the PDI website for more details.

Set your own schedule with our self-paced courses AND save money with our current promotion. The more courses you register for, the more you save.

  • Save 10% on orders between $298 and $446
  • Save 15% on orders between $447 and $999
  • Save 20% on orders over $1000

PDI is a company you can trust for high quality courses and graduate-level credit from University of California San Diego, ranked as a top ten university in the United States. Click here to see a complete list of all our courses.

Graduate-level credit from UCSD Extension is available for every PDI online course. Click here for more information about university credit.

Click here for details or to register

Your teachers will surely benefit from this new course. Please click the link above to learn more about the course. Your teachers can save on our newest course, or use their 10% special district discount code on any of our courses. They may also combine the district discount with our current promotion of 15% off all courses and credit! Please use your district code “newsd” at checkout when registering.

Please reach out with any questions to Caryn Chavez, M.S., Vice President, Professional Development Institute,  www.webteaching.com, 949-263-4931

The Test Camp

Teachers Training Sites:  MasterPass registration is now open for 2021.  TEACHERS can begin training this week. 

TheTestCamp.com/District-FL-Volusia Choose TEACHERS

TheTestCamp.com/Teachers-Training-Sites Find a list of current Teachers Training Sites that includes many of the Subject Area Exams.

TheTestCamp.com/District-FL-Volusia 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