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Alternative Teacher Certification

The Professional Training Option (PTO) in the College of Education is an approved alternative teacher certification program that leads to temporary certification. A Temporary Teaching Certificate enables educators to complete the Professional Certificate requirements while teaching full time.

It is designed for students interested in teaching at the secondary level in English, Social Science, or Science in the State of Florida.

Qualified majors include: English, Journalism, History, Political Science, Biology, Psychology, Environmental Science and Policy, and World Languages.  NOTE: Candidates may be required to take additional coursework in their subject area to meet FLDOE requirements.

The PTO is fully approved by the Florida Department of Education. To be eligible, students must meet the following three requirements:

1. Major in a qualified major: English, Journalism, History, Political Science, Biology, Psychology, or Environmental Science and Policy.

2. Earn 21 credits in one of these majors with 12 of the credits earned at USF St. Petersburg, and

3. Have and maintain an overall 2.5 GPA or higher throughout the course sequence of the PTO.

For additional information, please contact your Undergraduate Advisor or contact the College of Education’s advisor, whose contact information is provided below.

For a full list of required courses and program information, please visit the Undergraduate Catalog.

Advisor: Dr. Deanna Bullard

Phone: (727) 873-4511

Email: dbarcelo@usfsp.edu

Office: DAV 134