If you do not have one of these documents, please apply to the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) for your Statement of Eligibility (SOE), which you can do online. On the application you must identify which subject area(s) you would like to teach. In addition to completing the application, you must send official transcript(s) to the FLDOE for review. Based solely on the transcript(s), the FLDOE will determine if you are eligible to teach the specified subject area(s). For more information about teacher certification requirements, visit the Florida Department of Education.
The alternative certification courses offered at Broward College include the following:
EDF3280: Instructional Strategies (3 credits)
This course prepares participants to become proficient in planning, organizing, and implementing instructional strategies for the contemporary PK-12 classroom. A variety of research-validated instructional strategies are reinforced, including those that support constructivist approaches to classroom organization and student learning. Participants will learn to identify, deliver and improve instructional strategies that are most appropriate in specific circumstances.
EDG4410: Classroom Management (3 credits)
This course provides an identification and knowledge of classroom management and communication theories, strategies, and concerns. Emphasis will be placed on Behavior Management, Discipline and Reward Strategies, Accommodating Special Needs Pre-professional educators, Managing Diverse Cultures, Establishing Rapport and Credibility, Effective Communications Strategies, and Legal and Safety Issues as they apply and relate to the classroom setting.
RED3342: Foundations of Research Based Practices in Reading Education (3 credits)
This course provides an understanding of the principles of scientifically based reading research as the foundation of comprehensive instruction that synchronizes and scaffolds each of the major components of the reading process to assist students in mastering this process. This course will address effective research-based instruction methodology to prevent reading difficulties and promote acceleration of reading progress for struggling students, including students with disabilities, and students from diverse populations. Guided field experience provides preprofessional educators with the experience of observation and interaction with k-12 students.
EDP4004: Principles of Educational Psychology (3 credits)
This course provides a foundation in educational psychology and its application to classroom settings. Special emphasis is placed on development, learning theory, cognition, motivation, diversity, teaching, and assessment. NOTE: THIS COURSE IS EQUIVALENT TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT.
EDF4430: Educational Tests and Measurements (3 credits)
This course helps Education majors develop a philosophy of assessment and understand how a variety of measures combine to provide an accurate picture of student progress and achievement in the current multicultural classroom, develop knowledge and skills necessary to measure and assess learner progress effectively and develop actual teacher assessment skills and acquire skills in and perspectives on traditional and alternative assessment strategies. Topics include the basic principles of measurement, formative and summative assessment strategies, test construction, performance assessments, reading and interpreting data from state and standardized achievement tests, and fairness in accommodating diverse learners.
EEX3011: Introduction to Exceptional Student Education (3 credits)
This course will focus on the characteristics and needs of students with disabilities. Course content will include the different types of programs and services that make up exceptional student education (ESE) and the history on how they came to exist. The Introduction to Exceptional Student Education course will serve as the foundation for the development of a personal and professional understanding and philosophy of ESE. NOTE: THIS COURSE IS AN ACCEPTABLE COURSE THAT MAY BE TAKEN TO SATISFY THE RENEWAL REQUIREMENT FOR TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (SWD).
How to Apply
Step 1: If you have never previously attended Broward College, please complete the BC application and select option 5, also known college credit classes. Next, select “non-degree seeking student” as your major and list “3000” as your program objective code.
If you have previously taken courses at Broward College, but it has been more than two full semesters, you will need to complete the BC re-entry application as a returning student and you must verify your Florida residency again. Please select “non-degree” as your degree program and list “3000” as your program objective code.
Step 2: Submit all required admissions documents. First, submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended to Broward College's Registrar. You may request to have the transcripts sent electronically to Broward College or mail official, sealed hard copies to:
225 E Las Olas Blvd
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33301
Furthermore, you will also need to submit all required Florida residency documents. These documents must be submitted in person to any Broward College admissions office. For students residing outside of the county, who are unable to visit Broward College, please contact BC Admissions at 954-201-2240 for mailing options.
Step 3: Submit a Courses for Certification Request Form for the term in which you intend to begin the program. Please note, this form must be submitted every term for which you wish to take courses.
Step 4: Submit a copy of your Temporary Educator's Certificate or Professional Educator's Certificate to Dr. Robyn Klein at email@example.com. You may scan or take picture of the document and email it directly. In addition, you will be required to submit your Temporary Educator's Certificate or Professional Educator's Certificate every term in which you wish to take courses. Please note you will not be registered for courses for certification until you have submitted your documentation every term.
For more information about Courses for Certification, please contact 954-201-2500.
Final Step: Once we receive all the necessary documents, your advisor will register you for the courses in which you specified on your application. Be sure that you select your courses based on what the FLDOE has required you to take as it appears on your Statement of Eligibility (SOE). You will be notified once your registration is complete via BC email. For information please contact Dr. Robyn Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 954-201-2500.
Teacher Tuition & Fee Waiver
Teachers employed full-time by a school district, including public charter school teachers, may qualify for a Tuition and Fee Waiver for enrollment in up to six credits of undergraduate coursework in mathematics, science or special education for recertification purposes. Teachers must present the completed Tuition and Fee Waiver with the appropriate signatures and employment verification to the Teacher Education Program office as well as any Broward College Cashier's Office. Registration for requested courses is based on seat availability. See link for a list of approved Teacher Waiver Courses. Teachers enrolling in Teacher Waiver Courses are also required to follow the steps to apply above.
For more information about Tuition and Fee Waivers or related courses, please contact the any BC cashier’s office.