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Professional Development Certification Programs

Professional Development Certification Programs or PDCPs are offered by Florida public school districts, charter schools or charter management organizations 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

Approved PDCP Programs

The Department of Education reviews and approves each Professional Development Certification Program (formally known as District Alternative Certification Programs). The following are the Professional Development Certification Programs currently approved by the Florida Department of Education. For program contact information or to access Florida’s State-Model for Professional Development Certification Programs, please visit

  • Alachua
  • Baker
  • Bay
  • Bradford
  • Brevard
  • Broward
  • Charter Schools of Excellence
  • Collier
  • DeSoto
  • Dixie
  • Duval
  • Escambia
  • Gadsden
  • Gilchrist
  • Hillsborough
  • IDEA Public Schools
  • Indian River
  • Lafayette
  • Lake
  • Lee
  • Levy
  • Manatee
  • Marion
  • Miami-Dade
  • Okaloosa
  • The Optima Foundation
  • Orange
  • Osceola
  • P.K. Yonge Development Research School - UF Lab School
  • Palm Beach
  • Pasco
  • Pinellas
  • Polk
  • Putnam
  • Santa Rosa
  • St. Johns
  • Sumter
  • Suwannee
  • Taylor
  • True North Classical Academy/Miami
  • Union
  • Walton

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."