Alternative Certification

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 click on the PDCP link, above.

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 click on the EPI link, above.

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 School District of Palm Beach County