What is the UWF Professional Educator Preparation Program?
PEPP is a Florida Department of Education approved Professional Training Option (PTO). The emphasis of PEPP is to provide non-education majors seeking to teach in middle or secondary schools with the necessary requirements to apply for a Temporary Teaching Certificate in Florida. (A Temporary Teaching Certificate enables educators to complete the Professional Certificate requirements while teaching full time.) Students who wish to teach outside the state of Florida need to communicate directly with the DOE in their respective states.
Students can complete PEPP in as little as three semesters. Program coursework is completed online but fieldwork, including student teaching, is required. PEPP professional education courses are currently offered summer semester. Special Methods courses are offered fall semester. PEPP students complete the three 1-hour practica in the fall and student teaching in the spring. Candidates may be required to take additional coursework in their concentration area to meet FLDOE subject-area requirements. Up to 21 graduate hours of PEPP coursework can be applied to the UWF Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction. (Note: Non-degree students can only transfer a maximum of 12 hours to UWF graduate degree programs; therefore, students interested in pursuing temporary certification and the UWF Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction need to apply as a degree-seeking student.)
UWF Education Minors vs. PEPP
The UWF Education Minor differs from PEPP in two key areas: student teaching is required for PEPP candidates and 15 to 21 hours of PEPP courses are graduate level. In addition, PEPP provides a track towards certification for non-education majors who have graduated with a bachelor's or master's degree. PEPP goes beyond initial exposure to teaching; PEPP is a field-intensive program of study which allows students to engage in extensive reflection and writing about their classroom practice and helps prepare them for the diverse context of Florida's schools.
FLDOE Temporary Certification for non-education majors:
PEPP serve as pathways for FLDOE temporary certification for non-education majors. In addition to meeting PEPP requirements, students will need to meet FLDOE certification requirements for their subject area(s).
PEPP candidates are divided into two tracks: students who have earned a non-education undergraduate or graduate degree (Track A) or students who are working on a non-education bachelor's degree (Track B). Students are further identified as candidates seeking "temporary certification only" or students pursuing "temporary certification AND the UWF Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction."
All PEPP candidates are required to pass three FLDOE certification exams prior to student teaching: General Knowledge, Subject Area, and Professional Education.
Field experiences are integral to PEPP. During training, PEPP candidates complete three practica fall semester (Professional Education, Special Methods, and Reading Instruction) and student teaching during spring semester. Student teaching takes place after candidates have completed all other coursework and passed the Florida teacher certification exams. Candidates apply for practica and student teaching on the PEPP application form. (Applications are due by June 1 for fall practicum placement.)
Program Completion Requirements
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