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How to convert college courses earned during your current renewal period into inservice points.

How to convert college courses you have taught during your current renewal period into inservice points.

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!

Your application package must be submitted by November 1, 2019, to be considered for Spring 2020. 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

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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 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

Founded in 1949, GCU is a private, Christian university with over 60 online and campus-based degree programs within a dynamic learning environment for both traditional students and working professionals.

GCU’s classes involve engaging interaction with classmates as well as individual attention from instructors who care about student success.

GCU’s Master’s in Reading will add Reading Endorsement on to your FLDOE license after you graduate and turn in the required paperwork to FLDOE.

 

Keiser University

Keiser University offers doctorate programs in:

  • Educational Leadership
  • Curriculum & Instruction Leadership
  • Instructional Design & Technology

Keiser also offers master of science programs in education.

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

Miami University of Oxford, Ohio

Miami University of Oxford, Ohio has an Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP), an affordable online master’s program that combines Miami University web-based courses with experiential learning and field study 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 2020 application is now open.

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 zoo / botanical garden, 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 http://AIP.MiamiOH.edu. Courses begin in May 2020.

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.

For information about the degree and courses, applicants may contact Project Dragonfly at aip_masters@miamioh.edu. For information about experiential learning at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, applicants may contact Leanne White at whitel@jacksonvillezoo.org. You can also watch Project Dragonfly's 2019 info session online.

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 graduate courses occur online and at pivotal hotspots in 16 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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

AIP_Masters@MiamiOH.edu

National Louis University Tampa

Earn your advanced degree in Educational Leadership from National Louis University in Brevard County.

Start earning your advanced degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Orlando this summer from National Louis University- complete your M.Ed./Ed.S. in as little as 18 months. NLU's Curriculum and Instruction program is designed for experienced career-oriented educators seeking to amplify the power and versatility of their credentials by adding new areas of content expertise.

National Louis University is a private non-for-profit University’s that has been providing education programs since 1886. Our roots date back to the 1800 when we first began providing education access to adults, immigrants and minority populations in Chicago Illinois. Since then we have expanded our campuses and programs. In Florida we have a center in Tampa with additional learning sites located throughout the state. We are now also offering programs in Clinical Psychology, Counseling, Health and Business. For more than 30 years Florida residents have been achieving their goals through high quality innovative degree programs, that provide them with hands on experiences. National Louis University was recently ranked by Money Magazine as one of the top 10 universities nationally whose graduates agree educated and prepared them to make a the world a better place by making a difference. Our programs are offered, face to face, virtual or completely online. At this we are offering a 20% tuition discount for our Fall and Winter Starts. Financial aid and scholarships are available. If you are considering going back to school we encourage you to learn more about NLU.

NLU's MED/EDS Florida In-State Educational Leadership Program designed for educators who want to take on educational leadership certification or leadership roles - including Principal positions in K-12 settings. NLU also offers a three-year, Doctorate In Educational Leadership advanced practitioner-oriented professional preparation program for school district leaders. Leadership programs meet online and one Saturday a month in Tampa.

Contact Middalia Carpio at mcarpio@nl.edu or 407-968-5460.

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Nova Southeastern University

Nova Southeastern University offers 20 percent tuition discounts on their degrees and majors.

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.

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 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'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.

UCF is excited to announce Project BRIDGES 2.0 is currently recruiting its second cohort of dedicated scholars to begin in Summer 2020 (Master’s in Special Education) or Fall 2020 (Education Specialist in School Psychology). Project BRIDGES 2.0 is an innovative federally-funded project through the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) that provides funding for up to 36 credits hours for coursework that incorporates a Collaborative Intervention Specialist Graduate Certificate in either a Masters of Education in Exceptional Student Education or Education Specialist in School Psychology. This unique program emphasizes transdisciplinary preparation of special education teachers and school psychologists to support students with high-intensity needs.

If you are interested, apply immediately for full consideration. Please see the attached flyer for more information. Applicants must complete the attached application to Project BRIDGES 2.0 as well as apply to the University of Central Florida online. Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews. To learn more and/or to submit an application, please send an email to: bridges@ucf.edu.

**Acceptance to UCF does not constitute acceptance for funding.

UCF’s Project SPEECH is an innovative federally-funded project that includes funding for courses leading to either a Master of Education in Special Education or a Masters in Speech Language Pathology coupled with an Interdisciplinary Language and Literacy Intervention Graduate Certificate.

The Graduate Certificate for Interdisciplinary Language and Literacy Intervention emphasizes interdisciplinary preparation of special education teachers and speech-language pathologists to support students with high-intensity needs. Apply Today! For more information email: ProjectSpeech@ucf.edu.

University of Florida

The College of Education at the University of Florida has a certificate program for individuals seeking alternate certification in secondary education at the post-baccalaureate level. This program is offered fully online and can be completed in 2 semesters. Additional information is available online or via email to Dr. Elizabeth Yaeger Washington at ewashington@coe.ufl.edu.

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.

University of South Florida

USF offers online preparation courses for FTCE.

University of West Florida

University of West Florida is pleased to offer scholarships for National Board Certified Teachers.

UWF - 100% online programs at special rates and a GRE Waiver for practicing VCS Educators!

Autism Awareness is a fully online class based on the interesting and very informative book authored by Dr. Temple Grandin - The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum. The class is open to anyone who wants to know more about Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The Autism Awareness course can be completed in five weeks or less as it is a self-paced asynchronous course.

Those who wish to enroll in the class may register at any time as the course is self-paced and there is no beginning or ending date other than the end of the semester.

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.

Teacher Tuition Reimbursement

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