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College of Education Partnerships

  • Partnerships that prepare future teachers

    St. Petersburg College’s College of Education is committed to preparing qualified and caring teachers to fill open positions in our local schools. SPC is well known for the quantity and quality of our school-based hours requirements.

    Each term, the College of Education places approximately 100 final interns, 200 practicum students, and several hundred additional students for observation and tutoring hours in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee and Polk County schools.  In fall 2012, 19 final interns were released early form their internship to accept long-term substitute teaching positions, filling immediate needs of local school districts.

    SPC faculty attends Common Core training and engages in collaborative projects to prepare students to become qualified teachers.

    Elite Educator Program

    The SPC College of Education and the Pinellas County Schools have formed a partnership beginning in fall 2014 designed to change the way we prepare teachers. The Elite Educator Program has the potential to serve as a model teacher education program within the state and nationally and is among this first of its kind to work hand-in-hand with a local school district in a strategic and collaborative manner. Along with the COE Dean and faculty, the Pinellas County Superintendent and his staff had a direct hand in the design of the program with the ultimate goal of preparing effective, reflective and caring teachers to have a positive impact on student learning. Upon successful completion of the Elementary Education Elite Educator Program and completion of a PCS internship, program candidates will receive a paid internship and a job with Pinellas County Schools.

    T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships

    The T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood® Scholarship Program funded by the Florida Office of Early Learning provides scholarships for early care educators to work towards earning an Associate and/or Bachelor degree or credentials in early childhood education.

  • Faculty volunteer efforts

    College of Education faculty members volunteer with Pinellas County Schools to:

    • Tutor struggling readers
    • Assist teachers in their classrooms
    • Serve on School Advisory Councils (SAC)
    • Serve on Exceptional Student Education Advisory Board

    Student volunteers

    The College of Education sends student volunteers to the following schools:

    • Ridgecrest Elementary: Science Fair
    • New Heights Elementary: Enterprise Village and Science Fair
    • Westgate Elementary: School Carnival
    • Tarpon Springs Elementary: Science Fair
    • Oak Grove Middle School: After-school tutoring
  • Campbell Park Elementary tutors

    SPC is collaborating with Campbell Park Elementary School to support their reading program by providing College of Education student tutors. In addition to helping these elementary students learn to read, SPC students gain classroom experience and Campbell Park teachers get additional classroom support.

  • Gibbs High School initiative

    In 2010, SPC and Gibbs High School entered into a partnership designed to help raise academic standards at the struggling high school and better prepare its students for college work. Through SPC, Gibbs students could take SPC’s college placement test and college classes at Gibbs. Gibbs’ faculty received support through a co-teaching model, classroom teaching theories and workshops on teaching strategies. In addition, SPC delivered a high-quality reading program to Gibbs.

  • The Lew Williams Project

    The project is a collaboration between Pinellas County Schools, the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County, St. Petersburg College, the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County, Concerned Organizations for Quality Education for Black Students and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. The project seeks to prepare children academically, socially and physically to enter kindergarten ready to learn.

    The focus is on children from birth to age 5 who live in areas with the highest rates of poverty and low school readiness rates. These areas include south St. Petersburg, Lealman, the High Point area of Largo, the North Greenwood area of Clearwater, and east Tarpon Springs.

    The program’s timeline includes implementation in south St. Petersburg and the North Greenwood area during the 2012-13 school year. By partnering with SPC, the Lew Williams Project is prepared to expand to a new site for approximately 45 – 50 children at the Allstate Campus.

  • Tampa Bay Educational Partnership

    St. Petersburg College recently joined the Tampa Bay Educational Partnership, an organization working to enhance and expand interdisciplinary research, funding, programming and activities between the University of South Florida and Hillsborough County Public Schools. Potential advantages:

    • Access to needed College of Education first-year graduate information for performance improvement and state reporting requirements
    • Ability to partner with USF and Hillsborough County Public Schools when applying for consortium-based grants
    • Ability to build relationships with the United Way, the Florida Education Foundation and other partners
    • Access to USF’s extensive research resources


    In partnership with the United Way Suncoast, SPC College of Education students conduct extensive literacy tutoring in up to 20 non-profit sites each summer, under the direction of reading education faculty.  These tutoring sessions include:

    • Diagnosing literacy issues through a pre-assessment
    • Conducting targeted interventions
    • Evaluating results through a post-test

    In the summer of 2012, 19 SPC tutors worked with 245 struggling readers at 20 sites in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.  At the conclusion of the program, participants showed an average of a six-month increase in their reading level from pretest to posttest, and 58 percent of increased reading levels.