Professional Development Certification Program

Program Description

Welcome to the Professional Development Certification Program (PDCP), formerly known as the Alternative Certification Program (ACP) for the School District of Palm Beach County. 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 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.

Next Steps

  • Attend orientation session after email invite is received from Sherry Gibson.

Resources & Materials

Contact Information

Dr. Sherry Gibson