Professional Development Certification Program PDCP

(Formerly, ACP)


The Professional Development Certification Program (PDCP) formerly Alternative Certification (ACP) is designed to offer non-education majors, who hold at least a bachelor's degree in a subject for which a professional certificate may be issued, the opportunity to be trained as an educator. After PDCP completion, the candidate may seek a professional certificate.

The Orange County Public Schools’ PDCP is a three part program that includes demonstration of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices, teaching experience under the supervision of a trained PDCP Support Team, and participation in professional development components designed to provide participants with quality training opportunities.

The total cost of the program is $1,250. Your initial payment of $250 needs to accompany the program application. Payment is made with a check or money order made payable to OCPS. This payment is non-refundable.

In order to qualify for the OCPS PDCP, an applicant must:
  • Be a paid instructional employee of the Orange County School Board in a teaching assignment.
  • Hold or be eligible for a three-year temporary teaching certificate from the Florida Department of Education.
  • Hold at least a bachelor's degree, meet the subject area requirements in a subject area for which a professional certificate may be issued or pass the state subject area exam, and be certified for the teaching assignment.
  • Obtain the signature of the hiring principal on the PDCP Application as agreement to coordinate the PDCP on site.
  • Sign the PDCP Application as an agreement of participation.


Glenna Wyatt, Ed.S.

Professional Development Services

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