Initial Teacher Professional Preparation
The Graduate Certificate in Initial Teacher Professional Preparation is designed for students who have secured a teaching position, plan to obtain a teaching position, or have a temporary teaching certificate. The program prepares candidates to meet Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) professional area course requirements toward FLDOE teacher certification through a sequence of educational foundation core courses. While not a state-approved teacher education program, this certificate aims to enable educators to complete foundation courses and have successful teaching experiences in grades 6-12 classrooms. Courses will be offered throughout the academic year. Except for the special methods courses, certificate courses are offered every semester. Review the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on the benefits of this program and how the coursework may help lead to professional teacher certification.
If your career plans include pursuing state-regulated professional licensure or certification in your chosen field, it is important to become educated on the credentialing requirements of the state in which you hope to practice.
See how courses in the ITPP graduate certificate meet the FLDOE Professional Preparation requirements. However, if you are seeking a state-approved initial teacher preparation program that leads to FLDOE Professional Educator Certification, the Teacher Education M.A.T. program (with tracks in various subject areas) may be a more appropriate option. Please seek advising from the CCIE Office of Graduate Affairs to determine the option that best meets the needs for your specific career path.