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 an expiration date of June 30, 2023, or June 30, 2024, 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.
- $1,450 Program Tuition (Payroll Deduction Available)
- 24 Month Duration
- 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 for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
- Character-Based Classroom Management
- Reading Endorsement Competency
Courses 1—2: Middle Grades (5-9), Secondary (6-12), Elementary and Secondary Coverage (K-12)
Courses 1—4: PreK-Primary (Age 3-Grade 3), Elementary (K-6), and ESE (K-12)
- Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) Preparation
The program tuition for PDCP is $1,450. Payment in full is accepted through money order, cashier’s check, or credit card payment. Payroll deduction is also available through deduction amounts of $72.50 over the course of 20 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 instructional employee of Marion County Public Schools.
- Hold a temporary teaching certificate with an expiration date of June 30, 2023, or June 30, 2024.
- Have an Official Statement of Status of Eligibility or be awaiting issuance from the Florida Department of Education.
PDCP Application Process
Employees officially hired by the district who are interested in PDCP should call the Professional Leadership and Learning Department directly or fill out the PDCP Information Request form to discuss program viability for the employee’s certification requirements. The next steps include filling out and submitting the PDCP Application Packet to include the following items.
- PDCP Application
- Copy of the Official Statement of Status of Eligibility (if issued at the time of application submission)
- Copy of the Temporary Certificate (if issued at the time of application submission)
- Statement on PDCP Participant Expectations
- PDCP Application Essay
- Payment / Payroll Deduction Authorization Form
Following receipt and processing of the PDCP Application Packet, 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 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 for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Character-Based Classroom Management, and Reading Endorsement Competency. Middle Grades (5-9), Secondary (6-12), and Elementary and Secondary Coverage (K-12) will require the first two courses of Reading Endorsement Competency. PreKindergarten-Primary (Age 3-Grade 3), Elementary (K-6), and Exceptional Student Education (K-12) will require the first four courses of Reading Endorsement Competency. PDCP participants will complete all required coursework through the district professional learning offerings. There are no costs associated with these courses.
The PDCP participant will receive support throughout the program from the district Professional Leadership and Learning Department and 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 the completion of tasks and coursework. There is approximately one task per month during the school year and several tasks to complete in the summer months. The participant must 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 examinations, visit the FTCE website and the FTCE Certification Test Preparation information on the Marion County Public Schools website.