OCPS and Rollins College Logo

Para to Teacher Program

OCPS Human Resources and Rollins College are excited to announce the new Para to Teacher Pipeline and Scholarship Program for current OCPS Paraprofessionals and Program Assistants.

The Para to Teacher Pipeline program allows current Paraprofessionals (Paras) or Program Assistants to earn their Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education with Reading and ESOL endorsement from Rollins College and a guaranteed Instructional position with OCPS once completed. This is a unique opportunity for current qualified OCPS classified employees to learn in a small class size cohort-based program with high quality instruction from a top nationally ranked institution.

To qualify for the program, you must:

  1. Be currently employed by OCPS (priority given to Title 1 Schools)

  2. Recommended/nominated by your Principal

  3. Hold an AA degree from an accredited institution (or 60 college credits to be audited by Rollins Admission Dept.)

  4. Able to pass the General Knowledge (GK) section of the Florida Teaching Certification Exam (FTCE) before start of the program or within the first semester. 

If you can meet all the above mentioned requirements, find out more about the program here and submit a free online application with Rollins today!. You may save and return to your application at any point before final submission. 

Completed applications for the second cohort are due by January 31, 2020

Apply Now Button

Scholarship Information:
Upon acceptance by Rollins College into the cohort, employees at a Title 1 schools are eligible for free textbooks, a laptop and normal hourly rate during mandatory internship. The internship will be completed at the end of the second year of the cohort.  These incentives are only available to employees at a Title 1 school due to federal mandates. Textbooks are to be used for following cohorts and laptops returned upon completion of course or withdraw. 

For more information or questions:

Neil Otto
Administrator, Talent Acquisition
407-317-3200 x 2002561
[email protected]

 Rollins College
Brian Barilone
Director, Office of Admission
[email protected]