Alternative Certification Programs are for current teachers and career-change professionals who hold a bachelor's or higher degree, but did not graduate from a college of education. These programs are pathways to obtain a professional certificate outside the traditional method of taking courses.
Current Teachers - Professional Development Certification Program (PDCP)
The School District of Palm Beach County offers a rigorous 2-year program that offers teacher education preparation via online learning, mentor support, FTCE test preparation assistance, and includes four (4) quarterly face-to-face sessions. For more information, please visit the PDCP page.
Aspiring Teachers - Local State-Approved College Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)
Palm Beach State College offers a State-Approved program that can be completed in as few as 2-3 semesters. For more information regarding the program, please visit the EPI website.
Current or Aspiring Teachers - Teacher-Selected University Coursework
Teachers may also opt to complete required coursework through another accredited institution that has a college of education program.
The Military Veterans Certification Pathway is an opportunity for qualified veteran candidates who have not yet earned their bachelor's degree to obtain a 5-year temporary teaching certificate through the Florida Department of Education.