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 certificate prepares candidates to meet the State of Florida Department of Education requirements through a sequence of professional core courses. These courses include uploading key assignments using the Via™ by Watermark platform and are assessed by faculty to provide evidence of candidate proficiency in all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs). The goal of the certificate is to enable educators to have successful teaching experiences in grades 6-12 classrooms. Students may enroll in the Initial Teacher Professional Preparation certificate and apply to be accepted to the Teacher Education MAT program either concurrently or after earning the certificate.
The Initial Teacher Professional Preparation Graduate Certificate program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://ccie.ucf.edu/teachered/secondaryed/initial-teacher-professional-preparation/.
Please note: Initial Teacher Preparation Graduate Certificate may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.
International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.
UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.
For the Initial Teacher Professional Preparation graduate certificate, students complete six courses (18 credit hours total), including five required courses (15 credit hours) and at least one special methods course (3 credit hours).
All teacher education candidates are required to complete Via™ by Watermark requirements before being certified for graduation. Via™ by Watermark access is required for the portfolio. See https://ccie.ucf.edu/explore-via/.
Total Credit Hours Required: 18 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree
Regina “Gina” Gresham
Millican Hall 230
UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112
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