Register for Teaching Certification Prep Program

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 5, 2006) - Manatee Community College (MCC) is still accepting applications for its new teaching certification preparation program for noneducation majors with at least a bachelor's degree. Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Center for Innovation and Technology in the corporate park off Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and Professional Parkway at MCC Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Parkway East, Sarasota.

The Florida Legislature authorized community colleges to create alternative certification programs (ACPs) in an attempt to address the state's critical teacher shortage in a manner that assures quality teachers. MCC was one of the first colleges to develop a program.Twenty-six students are enrolled in the college's first ACP cohort that began in September. In addition to the second cohort starting in January, cohorts are planned to start in May and the college will offer classes at MCC Bradenton and MCC Venice, as well as at MCC Lakewood Ranch, if student demand exists.

Evening and weekend scheduling of classes allows working professionals to participate. After finishing all courses in the program and passing required state and college exams, participants will receive certificates of completion that make them eligible to apply for the FDOE teaching certificate. The cost of the ACP is approximately $2,000.

Applications and more information about MCC's alternative program for teacher certification are available at


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