Marion County Public Schools Professional Development Certification Program (PDCP)
Professional Development Certification Program (PDCP)
Marion County Public Schools
Marion County Public Schools full-time instructional employees holding a temporary teaching certificate (with at least 24 months remaining) may qualify to enroll in the MCPS Professional Development Certification Program (PDCP). Marion County Public Schools is proud to offer PDCP, a state-approved competency-based program. PDCP is a certification pathway providing job-embedded learning that will complement and enhance the teacher’s instructional impact. Following completion of all components of PDCP, including passing all subtests of the Florida Teacher Certification General Knowledge Test (Essay, English Language Skills, Reading, Math), the Professional Education Test, and any applicable Subject Area Examinations, participants qualify to apply for a Florida Professional Certificate.
- $1,540 Program Tuition (Payroll Deduction Available)
- 24 Month Duration
- Supplemental Materials Provided
- District and Site-Based Support
- One-to-One Mentor Support
- Demonstration of Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) Through 20 Job-Embedded Tasks
- Required Coursework:
- Exceptional Student Education (ESE)
- English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
- Character-Based Classroom Management
- Reading Endorsement Competency
Courses 1—2: Secondary
Courses 1—4: PreKindergarten-Primary, Elementary, and ESE
- Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) Preparation
The total cost of PDCP is $1,540. Payment in-full is accepted through money order, cashier’s check, or credit card payment. Payroll deduction is also available through deduction amounts of $70 over the course of 22 paychecks. Please note: All payments made to the Marion County Public Schools Professional Development Certification Program are non-refundable in the event of failure to complete PDCP due to termination, non-reappointment, deficiencies resulting in unsuccessful completion, or voluntary withdrawal.
- Be a full-time, K-12 classroom teacher with Marion County Public Schools
- Hold a temporary teaching certificate with a minimum of 24 months remaining.
- Have an Official Statement of Status of Eligibility or awaiting issuance from the FLDOE.
PDCP Application Process
Employees officially hired by the district who are interested in PDCP should call the Teaching and Learning Department directly or fill out the PDCP Information Request form to discuss program viability for the employee’s certification requirements. Next steps include filling out and submitting the PDCP Application Packet to include the following:
- PDCP Application, to include the site-based principal’s signature,
- Official Statement of Status of Eligibility (if issued by the time of application submission),
- Copy of the Temporary Certificate (if issued by the time of application submission), and
- PDCP Application Essay.
Upon notification of application approval, applicants will receive a copy of the Payment / Payroll Deduction Authorization Form to make payment or initiate payroll deduction authorization at the MCPS Finance Department. Documentation of payment or payroll deduction authorization must be emailed to the PDCP Coordinator. Following receipt of this confirmation, the PDCP participant will be scheduled for a mandatory PDCP Orientation session.
PDCP participants will demonstrate competency of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) by successfully completing online tasks delivered through the Florida Department of Education Professional Development Certification Program website. Program assessors will provide feedback to the participant and assess satisfactory completion of tasks based on the established rubrics. Information about the Professional Development Certification Program can be found on the state’s website.
The Florida Department of Education requires PDCP participants to complete coursework in the areas of Exceptional Student Education (ESE), English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Character-Based Classroom Management, and Reading Endorsement Competency. Secondary teachers will be required to take the first two courses of Reading Endorsement Competency. PreKindergarten-Primary, Elementary, and ESE teachers will be required to take the first four courses of Reading Endorsement Competency. PDCP participants will complete all required coursework through the district professional development offerings. There are no costs associated with these courses.
The PDCP participant will receive support throughout the program from the district Teaching and Learning Department as well as the site-based administration. The participant will also receive support from a site-based mentor. The PDCP mentor will guide and support the PDCP participant in learning and applying the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) through the job-embedded PDCP tasks.
PDCP participants receive a customized PDCP Timeline to include all program requirements. This timeline sets the expectation for completion of tasks and coursework. There are approximately 10 tasks each year of the program, which equates to approximately one task a month during the school year. It is imperative the participant adhere to the established timeline. The task work is balanced with the required progression of program coursework to include ESE, ESOL, Character-Based Classroom Management, and Reading Endorsement Competency courses. Additionally, the PDCP Timeline provides pacing for taking Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE).
Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) Preparation
The PDCP Timeline provides pacing for taking and passing the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations within the temporary certificate validity period. PDCP participants are expected to attend test preparation sessions offered through MCPS free of charge. The PDCP program cost does not include the cost of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations. For more information about these certification exams, visit the FTCE website.