Marion County Public Schools Professional Development Certification Program (PDCP)

  • Professional Development Certification Program (PDCP)

    Marion County Public Schools 


    Program Overview

    Marion County Public Schools full-time instructional employees holding a temporary teaching certificate (with at least 24 months remaining) may qualify to apply for a professional teaching certificate by either completing college coursework or by completing 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 highly economical 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 Exam, the Professional Education Test, and any applicable Subject Area Exams, participants qualify to apply for a Florida Professional Certificate.

    Program Details 

    • $1,540 Program Tuition
    • 18 – 24 Month Duration 
    • Supplemental Materials 
    • Job-Embedded Learning 
    • Expert Face-to-Face Training 
    • Mentor Support
    • Demonstration of Florida Educator Accomplished Practices 
    • Certification Exam Preparation

    Program Cost

    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 MCPS PDCP are non-refundable.

    Program Qualifications 

    Applicants must:

    • 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 who have been officially hired by the district will fill out the online PDCP application through the employee’s MCPS desktop. Applicants are to submit their Official Statement of Status of Eligibility and a copy of their temporary certificate if issued by the state at the time of submitting their application. Upon notification of 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. 


    Program Blended Experience

    PDCP offers a blended experience of online module instruction and in-person training provided by experts in our district through which participants will demonstrate competency of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs). The online modules are delivered through the Florida Department of Education Professional Development Certification Program website. Each participant is assigned an Assessor who will provide feedback to the participant and assess satisfactory completion of artifacts based on the established rubrics. Face-to-face training is offered through Marion County Public Schools by expert staff who will provide in-person instruction in key areas of instructional delivery.

    Program Mentor and Support

    The PDCP participant will receive district and site-based support. During the first year of the program, the participant will receive support from the site-based administration as well as the district Teaching and Learning Department. During the second year of the program, the participant will continue to receive district and site-based administrative support and will also have a site-based mentor who will work with the participant throughout the completion of the program.

    Test Preparation

    Marion County Publics Schools is committed to supporting the PDCP participant in completion of the necessary certification steps required to apply for a Florida Department of Education Professional Teaching Certificate. A timeline of tasks will provide a pathway to success identifying key points for taking and passing the certification exams within the temporary certificate validity period. PDCP participants are required 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 Exams. For more information on these certification exams, visit the FTCE website.

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Last Modified on July 15, 2019