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Florida Certification: Temporary to Full Certification

  • EDF 3214   Student Development and Learning Principles K-12credits: 3

    This course is designed to cover principles of learning and student development and their applications to learning/teaching situations. Self-concept, motivation, views of intelligence and assessment are examined with opportunities to analyze teaching/learning episodes and to develop a repertoire of teaching approaches. Emphasis is placed on the interaction between the role of the teacher and the needs and learning styles of students at various developmental ages and stages.

    EDF 4430   Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment in Education K-12credits: 2-3

    Advanced principles of measurement, evaluation and assessment are covered in this course. Course content includes instruction in designing, implementing, and evaluating a variety of assessments. Proper assessment modifications and accommodations will be examined. The course includes analysis and interpretation of Florida Standards Assessment data and instruction on how to use data to meet the needs of students.

    EDG 3341   Effective Strategies for Underachieving Studentscredits: 2

    The purpose of this course is to examine the complexities of teaching in schools that qualify for free or reduced-priced meals, have high rates of teacher turnover and produce low gains in student achievement. The course will address these issues by examining historical materials and contemporary understanding of the impact of these variables on attitude, motivation, and learning. This course will engage students in both learning and teaching in that preservice teachers will acquire knowledge about teaching strategies tailored for this type of school environment and have opportunities to practice them as part of their field experience in these neighborhood schools. (Note: Field experiences required.)

    EDG 3410   Classroom Management and Communication K-12credits: 2-3

    This course covers basic skills and knowledge for creating a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction and effective communication among members of the learning community. The course emphasizes attitudes, language patterns, values, and behaviors for eliciting and maintaining student learning as well as on-task behaviors. (Note: This course also includes methods and strategies for consulting with other school professionals and parents and includes 15 school-based hours.)


    EDG 3620   Curriculum and Instructioncredits: 3

    This course is an introduction to major concepts, assumptions, debates, processes of inquiry, and ways of knowing within the school curriculum. Preservice teachers create coherent, meaningful learning experiences using the major philosophical foundations of education to develop learners' competence in subject matter knowledge. Preservice teachers evaluate the suitability of the content against learner intellectual, social, emotional, physical characteristics. (Note: This course is writing intensive.)

    RED 3309   Early and Emergent Literacy K-2credits: 3

    This course is designed to increase understanding of early literacy development and the conditions which promote total literacy for children birth to second grade. Language theory and current research are used to shape informed practices regarding literacy development. Connections are made among all aspects of literacy learning including reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The course explores research-based best practices in teaching literacy to young children. It includes a minimum of 15 school-based hours of participation/observation of reading in educational setting(s).

    RED 4511   Intermediate Literacy 3-6: Reading, Writing and Thinkingcredits: 3

    This course is an intermediate reading and writing course that combines the study of theory and practice in the teaching of developmental reading, writing and critical thinking in grades 3-6. The major emphasis of the course is on current theories, methods, and materials used in reading/literacy and writing instruction. Lecture, discussion, simulated teaching and fieldwork constitute different course activities.

  • Teachers who are employed under a temporary certificate may be required to complete semester hours in education to obtain Florida's professional license. Full certification requirements are outlined by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) on the Official Statement of Status of Eligibility web page. A copy of the Official Statement of Status of Eligibility is required to enroll in SPC education classes.

    SPC offers a variety of education courses (online and on-campus) to assist teachers satisfy semester hour requirements for certification.

    Note: Teacher certification requirements are unique and vary.

    For more information, contact the College of Education, Baccalaureate Office at 727-341-3550 or email fuentes.francine@spcollege.edu.

  • How To Enroll

    1. Apply to SPC as a credit student and receive your student ID. The program/student plan is DG-NO--Upper Division Non Degree, then choose initial certification—Non Degree. Be sure to include all Florida residency information and documentation and pay the application fee or your application may not be processed.
    2. Scan/email a copy of your DOE Official Statement of Status of Eligibility and Temporary Certificate (or DOE number) to Francine Fuentes at fuentes.francine@spcollege.edu or fax 727-444-6081.
    3. Email your SPC student ID number to fuentes.francine@spcollege.edu for directions on how to register.

    Students enrolled in Professional Preparation courses are classified as non-degree; however, courses are graded/for credit and will be reflected on an official SPC transcript. 


    In addition to current tuition rates, online classes have a supplemental lab fee of $15 per credit hour. Fees are charged per credit, per term.

    For more information, contact the College of Education, Baccalaureate Office at 727-341-3550 or email fuentes.francine@spcollege.edu.