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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!

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: 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

Attention future teachers: 

Master degrees in Education: 18% savings via scholarship. 

If interested, please email mark.kaczmarek@gcu.edu before doing anything else. Do not provide information on GCU’s website if you want Mark’s help. Email him and he’ll assist from there!


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:

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


Miami University of Oxford, Ohio

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 http://AIP.MiamiOH.edu.


National Louis University

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 - 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

Stetson University offers the following graduate programs geared for teachers:

If you're interested in getting your master's degree or know someone who would be a great asset in one of these programs, Stetson University will be holding information sessions for these programs on their 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. These interactive continuing education courses provide expert instruction at a pace that fits your schedule.


University of Central Florida

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

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

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.

ONLINE PROGRAMS

  • 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 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