2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Initial Teacher Professional Preparation Graduate Certificate ►

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College: Community Innovation and Education Degree: CRT
Department: School of Teacher Education
Program Websites: https://ccie.ucf.edu/initial-teacher-professional-preparation/

Program Description

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://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-CCIE-Initial-Teacher-Prep-GC-June2020.pdf

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

Co-requisite—3 Credit Hours Minimum

Option 1:

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Application Deadlines

Initial Teacher Professional Preparation Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants   Jul 1 Dec 1 Apr 1
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Regina “Gina” Gresham
Associate Professor
Telephone: 407-823-3550
Education 123J

Graduate Admissions

Christina Dabrowski
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

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