FAQ: New Teaching Certification Program

Q. What is an Alternative Certification Program (ACP)?

A. The term is used by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) to refer to various methods by which adults with degrees outside the field of education can become certified by the FDOE to teach preK-12 grades.

Q. What is the timeline of Manatee Community College's (MCC) ACP?

A. ACP application forms will be available in late June and recruitment will continue through Summer 2005. Candidates will be interviewed for this limited access program in July and notified of eligibility after Aug. 15. Evening and weekend classes are planned. Instruction will begin late September 2005.

Q. What can I do to prepare for the ACP application process?

A. Request a certificate of eligibility to teach from the FDOE and locate copies of college transcripts. Information about the eligibility certificate can be obtained from or by calling 1-800-245-9796.

Q. How do I apply for MCC's ACP?

A. Interested participants must complete an ACP application, and include a copy of college transcripts and a sample essay. Prior to acceptance into the program, candidates will be interviewed regarding their interest in and disposition to become a teacher. More information about how to apply to MCC's ACP will be announced at a later date.

Q. What must I do to complete MCC's ACP and become certified to teach?

A. Complete all instructional modules and pass General Knowledge, Subject Area and Professional state exams. MCC will issue certificates of completion that make candidates eligible for FDOE's three-year temporary teaching certificate. FDOE issues permanent certificates after successful completion of two years of teaching in Florida K-12 classrooms.

Q. What are the characteristics of MCC's ACP?

A. The MCC program includes modules of course study, experiences in K-12 classrooms and demonstration of acquired exemplary teaching practices. Experienced classroom teachers will serve as mentors and candidates will receive preparation assistance for examinations. Participants in MCC's ACP do not have to be employed as a teacher while completing the modules.

Q. Will MCC's ACP carry college credit?

A. MCC's program will appeal to participants who are not interested in upper level or graduate coursework.

Q. Will jobs be available to program completers?

A. MCC is coordinating with local school districts to identify critical shortage areas and prepare eligible participants to teach in those subject areas. However, participation in the college's program does not guarantee job placement.

Q. How does MCC assure the quality of its ACP?

A. MCC joined with a network of 22 other community colleges to provide resources, identify exemplary practices in teacher education and ensure quality performance assessment methods are in place. Since teacher certification is a new offering at community colleges, the program is receiving national attention and being held to rigorous standards by the FDOE, which has a detailed approval process.

Q. How much will the ACP cost?

A. Books, tuition and fees are expected to be under $2,000 for Florida residents. The cost for out-of-state students is based on the regular non-Florida resident tuition of $245.05 per credit hour.

Q. Who should I contact if I want information about MCC's ACP?

A. Call Catherine Dailey, 941-752-5330 or e-mail her at

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