Human Resources and Educator Quality
Professional Development Certification Program (PDCP)

Professional Development Certification Program

Program Description

Welcome to the Professional Development Certification Program (PDCP), formerly known as the Alternative Certification Program (ACP) for the Pasco County School District. PDCP is a rigorous 2-year program designed to develop quality teachers by offering professional education preparation via online learning and mentor support to newly hired educators with subject area expertise. By choosing this program as a means of alternative certification, you are committing to successfully completing classroom- and school-based assignments, devoting a substantial amount of personal and professional time to your program work, and making a long-term investment in your career as an educator. Click HERE to view an informational video about the Professional Develpment Certification Program.


Program Components

• Complete 20 job-embedded tasks that align with the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
• Complete the 12-week online course: Reading Competency 2. (myPGS)
• Complete required ESOL course for your current teacher assignment. See ESOL tab on Certification website. (myPGS)
• Complete one of the Classroom Management courses. (myPGS).
• Take and pass the Subject Area, General Knowledge, and **Professional Education exams.


Participant Qualifications

• Be a full time, K-12 classroom teacher with Pasco County Schools.
• Hold a temporary teaching certificate from the Florida Department of Education.
Have at least 18-months remaining on temporary certificate.
• Pay program fee. Effective August 1, 2018, fee will be $1200.00. We offer payroll deduction to cover the fee.


Support

• Assessor to provide personalized feedback through completion of the program.
• School based Mentor or another mentor to assist with classroom observations.
• District support to manage your progress through the program.

 

Next Steps

• Complete the required PDCP program application.
• Obtain the required school-based signatures.
• Email the application to Tricia Graham in HREQ at pgraham@pasco.k12.fl.us.
• You will receive next steps upon review and approval of your application.
• You must attend a face to face enrollment session to officially start the program.


Resources & Materials

Florida Tracking System for PDCP website
Florida Teacher Certification Examination website
Florida's Professional Development Certification Program Overview

For more information regarding PDCP, email Tricia Graham at pgraham@pasco.k12.fl.us.