Professional Development Certification Program

Program Description

The School District of Palm Beach County offers an Alternative Certification Program called the Professional Development Certification Program (PDCP). 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.

Program Components
  • Complete 20 job-embedded tasks that align with the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
  • Complete the 10-week online course: Reading Competency 2.
  • Take and pass the Subject Area, General Knowledge, and Professional Education exams.

Participant Qualifications
  • Be a full-time, K-12 classroom teacher within the School District of Palm Beach County.
  • Hold a temporary teaching certificate from the Florida Department of Education.
  • Have at least 18-months remaining on a temporary certificate.

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

Contact Information

Dr. Sherry Gibson, Instructional Specialist II
(561) 963-3800

The School District of Palm Beach County