Resources for Charter School Teachers

Florida Principal & Teacher Academy

Available only to teachers and administrators at FCPCS Member Schools.

The Florida Principal & Teacher Academy (FPTA) offers high quality online courses aligned with the state-approved FCPCS Teacher and Administrator Evaluation Systems. Users can receive inservice points after completing the online courses directly from the Florida Department of Education's Bureau of Educator Certification.

Free Courses Available from the Florida Department of Education

Teaching Students with Disabilities

The state has developed an independent study module, Teaching Students with Disabilities to help Florida educators meet the new SB1108 requirement regarding instruction for students with disabilities.  Directions for registration are:

Go to www.fl-pda.org
Scroll down to Independent Studies Modules
Click "Sign in"
Click "New User," "Register here!"
Select the module "Teaching Students with Disabilities. Once you enter the module, you have 12 weeks to complete it. This is a 20-point course. Quarterly reports of completers are sent to districts. 

See the Florida DOE Q&A for more information. 

Developed by the Florida Department of Education as an online experience, this independent study module is designed to provide a professional development opportunity for educators who want to enhance their skills in working with students with disabilities. This component is intended to be completed in its entirety.

Directions for registration are:

Go to www.fl-pda.org
Scroll down to Independent Study Modules.
Click "Sign in."
Click "New User," "Register here!"
Select the module "Effective Teaching Practices."

Once you enter the module, you have 12 weeks to complete it. This is a 20-point course.

American College of Education

American College of Education provides regionally accredited online master's degrees, doctorate degrees, and graduate certificates designed by educators for educators. We know that charter school teachers are often asked to do much with very few resources, including financially. In order to alleviate these budgetary concerns and empower educators to excel in their classrooms, we are now offering the Florida Consortium of Public Charter School Partnership Grant.

Grant amounts vary by program of interest and are as follows:

Program of Interest Tuition per Semester Credit FCPCS Grant Amount
Ed.D. & Ed. S. $304.75 $1,000
M.Ed. $215.00 $500
Certificate (Master's or Doctoral) from $215.00 $250

Ninety-five percent of recent master’s graduates state that their professional skills are stronger after completing one of our programs. Students take just one course at a time, and can complete most of the coursework when their schedule allows.

Take your career to the next level with the skills to help your students maximize their potential, and to move your career forward at the same time. Call American College of Education at 855-704-0317 or click here to learn more about program offerings and to take advantage of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter School Partnership Grant.

Should you have any questions, please visit www.americanboard.org/florida, or contact American Board at 877-669-2228, or info@americanboard.org.

Association of American Educators (AAE)

AAE, the Association of American Educators, was established in 1994 by nationally recognized educators who saw the need for a professional teachers organization that provides the benefits and services that educators want without an emphasis on partisan politics. AAE is a nonprofit, nonunion, pro-charter schools association offering most of the benefits the teacher unions provide but at a fraction of the cost.

FCPCS endorses AAE as an excellent and economical way for charter school teachers to secure liability insurance coverage and legal protection from lawsuits that might threaten their career.

AAE's annual membership fee is $198 For only $16.50 per month, AAE members receive a personal $2,000,000 liability insurance policy, access to legal counsel at the onset of potential legal problems, additional discounts on supplemental insurance benefit plans, a monthly newsletter covering the cutting edge of the teaching profession, and more.

Members are also eligible for professional development scholarships and classroom grants. The application process is simple and charter school teachers are encouraged to apply.

For more information visit aaeteachers.org or call toll-free at 1-800-704-7799.

Florida Teachers Teacher Certification

Florida Teachers  is a state approved Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) offering an alternative certification program (ACP) for teachers who want to earn a Professional Certificate. Florida Teachers is committed to developing the highest quality educators who positively impact their school and community. Through quality instruction and unparalleled support and guidance, Florida Teachers fully online program provides the most effective preparation for educators to make a meaningful difference in the lives of their students.

Website
Phone: 866-778-3224
Phone 2: 713-458-1660
Email: lisa.ramer@floridateachers.org

American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (The American Board)

Founded in 2001 to help qualified professionals transition into the classroom, the American Board has certified over 6,000 students teaching in 13 states, and internationally.

Enabling proven professionals to transition into a career in education, we are constantly working to combat the critical teacher shortage that exists now and is expected to continue to increase in the years to come. The National Center for Education Statistics predicts a 10.3% increase of students in Florida schools by 2025, highlighting the need for our program to continue its urgent work to train new teachers in local communities.

Those holding a bachelor’s degree can work towards state licensure gained through passing the American Board’s Professional Teaching Knowledge (PTK) pedagogy exam, and subject area exam, covering the core content and grade range in which they’ll be teaching.

American Board provides the essential study material to successfully prepare for both exams, and is offered fully online. Students have a year to prepare, take, and pass both exams, and upon passing both exams, Floridian students will receive their Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) issued Temporary Teaching Certificate and Statement of Eligibility.

Students can then be hired by any public or charter school throughout the State of Florida. The student’s first year teaching will include standard observation hours, professional development, and the Florida Professional Education Competence Program, all of which are offered through their school. After the student’s first year teaching, they will then receive the state issued, Florida Professional Certificate. Students can also use American Board to transition their already earned Temporary Teaching Certificate from the FLDOE into the Professional Certificate.

Colleges and Universities with Teacher Education Programs


Community Colleges