Professional Development Certification Programs
Professional development certification programs or PDCPs are offered by Florida public school districts to provide instruction for members of its instructional staff who are non-education baccalaureate or higher degree holders under Section 1012.56(8), F.S., resulting in qualification for an initial Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate.
Relevant Statute and Rule
- Section 1012.56, F.S. Educator Certification Requirements
- Rule 6A-5.066, F.A.C. Approval of Teacher Preparation Programs
Approved PDCP Programs
PDCP Program Approval Process
Review and approval of professional development certification programs in Florida consists of two parallel systems - one for initial approval and one for continued approval - both of which are governed by State Statute and Rule. The focus of the initial review is "process-oriented," whereas the focus of the continued review is "outcome-oriented."