Initial Teacher Professional Preparation

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The Graduate Certificate in Initial Teacher Professional Preparation is designed for students who have secured a teaching position, plan to obtain a teaching position, or have a temporary teaching certificate.

The Initial Teacher Professional Preparation certificate prepares candidates to meet the State of Florida Department of Education requirements through a sequence of professional core courses. The goal of the certificate is to enable educators to have successful teaching experiences in grades 6-12 classrooms. Student may enroll in the Initial Teacher Professional Preparation certificate and apply and be accepted to the Teacher Education MAT program concurrently or subsequently.

Please note: This program may be completed online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees. See for more information.

International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit If you have questions, please consult International Affairs and Global Strategies at 407-823-2337.

Refer to State Restrictions for online programs that are currently restricted.

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