Certificate Programs

UWF offers a variety of fully online academic credit-bearing certificate programs to pursue as a standalone certificate, complete as a great foundation in conjunction with a bachelor’s or master’s degree, or taken for professional development. Upon completion of a certificate program, coursework will be posted by the UWF Registrar to the student’s transcript.


Online certificate programs may not be available in all states. If you are an out-of- state student, please review our State Authorization Status to confirm that the program is available in your state.

Out-of- state tuition waiver eligibility: If you are admitted to one of our

certificate programs and reside outside the state of Florida, you may be eligible for a tuition waiver that reduces the out-of- state portion of your tuition anywhere from 75 to 100 percent. Review your Out-of- State Tuition Waiver eligibility to determine if you qualify.

To request additional information about any of the UWF Online Campus programs, please complete and submit the Online Program Information Request.


Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Arabic Language and Culture

This innovative certificate in Arabic language and Culture is designed for beginning students to develop language and culture skills though listening, speaking, reading and writing, and emphasizes cultural understanding of the Arab world.

The certificate consists of three courses in Arabic Language and Culture - each course is 4 semester hours. The first course starts at the introductory level, there is no prerequisite knowledge of Arabic Language or Culture required - and offers a mix of culture with basic language component development through drill and practice and interaction with the instructor using web collaboration software. The second and third courses are also tied to culture and sometimes include other Arabic language software to assist students in sentence structure and conversational Arabic development.

The Arabic Language and Culture program provides the opportunity to gain an excellent grasp of the Arabic Language and Culture. The program is designed so participants will learn to read and write the Arabic alphabet, to speak words and phrases, and to enter into conversations. While this program is not designed to reach the fluency level of the Arabic language, students will develop the language skills necessary to communicate with Arab speaking people throughout the world. Each course is 1 full semester in length - completing the certificate will take a minimum of 3 consecutive semesters. This Program is fully online and regular internet connectivity is required.

Important Note: Courses in this program require several "synchronous" class interactions to practice the language and receive feedback. This means students enrolling in these courses are required to attend live lectures on specific dates and times via the university's free video conferencing service.

Course # Arabic Language and Culture Certificate Semester hours
ARA 1120C Beginning Arabic Language and Culture I 4
ARA 1121C Beginning Arabic Language and Culture II 4
ARA 2200C Intermediate Arabic Language and Culture I 4
  Total Hours 12

*Successful completion of the first two courses (ARA 1120C - Beginning Arabic and Language Culture I and ARA 1121C - Beginning Arabic and Language Culture II) satisfies Florida's Foreign Language requirements for degree program completion.

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Business Intelligence

This is a 12 credit hour undergraduate certificate.

The Business Intelligence certificate program has been designed to cover the managerial aspects of business intelligence related skills that are required to handle “big data” in the modern business world.

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Career and Technical Education Program

The State of Florida requires individuals who teach in the Workforce and Adult Education content areas to complete initial certification courses to receive permanent teaching credentials. In the past, individuals enrolled in the classes have only received college credit for completing the courses. To further promote and identify UWF as the leading educational institution for Workforce and Adult Education in Florida, students now receive a certificate designation after completion of all four courses. Additional endorsements for Workforce Education and Workforce Directorships may be obtained through our online campus.

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Geographic Information Science (GIS)

This certificate program is designed to teach students, from novice to working professionals, both the highly in-demand technical skill of using industry-standard geospatial software as well as a strong conceptual foundation in Geographic Information Science necessary for advanced analyst and manager roles. Geographic Information Systems is a computerized system that allows users to work with, interrelate, and analyze virtually all forms of spatial data for decision making. The program represents the latest technologies that are revolutionizing many disciplines, including geography, environmental sciences, archaeology, business, defense and intelligence, and public health/safety in the information age.  Required courses and GIS internship have been carefully combined to reflect the real-world requirements needed for careers in the geospatial sciences. Students may choose between face-to-face (Pensacola campus) and online courses by applying to one of the two program offerings available: GIS Certificate and Online GIS Certificate programs.

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Geographic Information Science (GIS) – Archaeology

This certificate program is designed to teach students, from novice to working professionals, both the highly in-demand technical skill of using industry-standard geospatial software as well as a strong conceptual foundation in Geographic Information Science necessary for advanced analyst and manager roles. Geographic Information Systems is a computerized system that allows users to work with, interrelate, and analyze virtually all forms of spatial data for decision making. The program represents the latest technologies that are revolutionizing many disciplines, including geography, environmental sciences, archaeology, business, defense and intelligence, and public health/safety in the information age.  The archaeology program utilizes ArcGIS to create, visualize, query, and model archaeological, historical and anthropological data. Additionally, the program is designed to reinforce best practices for collecting spatially-related data on anthropological archaeology projects while recognizing the ethical issues associated with the management of sensitive data.  Required courses and GIS internship have been carefully combined to reflect the real-world requirements needed for those interested in using GIS in the fields of archaeology and anthropology.  This program is offered completely online as part of the Online GIS Certificate program.

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Geospatial Cybersecurity

The Geospatial Cybersecurity certificate combines foundational courses in computer programming, database and cybersecurity with the specialized study of geographic information systems. This program is designed to address the need for Cybersecurity GIS applications related to business, geospatial intelligence, education, healthcare, and numerous other employment fields.

As part of the coursework, students will be provided with the opportunity to become technically proficient in a variety of geospatial technologies and applications through hands-on instruction. The program focuses on Geographic Information Science, programming, database, data mining, and cybersecurity concepts, computational modeling, automation, and implementation of customized GIS applications. The proposed courses have been carefully combined to reflect the real-world requirements needed for careers in the cybersecurity applications of geospatial sciences. With 100 percent of the coursework offered online, this program is designed to meet the needs of recent graduates looking to enter the workforce and those working professionals who did not acquire a computational Cybersecurity GIS background as part of their primary academic training while they continue to hold their position in their chosen field.  

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Information Security Management

This is a 12 credit hour undergraduate certificate.

Information security managers are generally responsible for dealing with a broad range of issues related to information security functions within an organization, including policies and procedures, ethical and legal obligations, privacy issues, staffing and resource allocation. This Information Security Management Certificate Program is designed to address the non-technical aspects of information security. These include policy development and management, compliance management, security education training and awareness (SETA) programs, and the use of encryption technologies. The program will also address the personnel and risk analysis aspects of information security. This certificate is broad based and offers business as well as non-business majors a unique practical opportunity to identify themselves as trained specialists in this high-demand and knowledge-intensive field.

  • For more information contact the College of Business Advising Center at cobadvising@uwf.edu or our Management/MIS advisor at management@uwf.edu, or by phone 850-474-3442 to speak with the Management/MIS academic advisor.

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​Intelligence Analysis

The 12 hour undergraduate Intelligence Analysis program immerses students in scenarios that mirror real-life situations faced by Intelligence Analysts. This four course certificate program can be obtained fully online for undergraduate credit. As you progress through each course, you will develop the skills that you need to be successful in intelligence analysis in national security, law enforcement, and public and private agencies and businesses. Through these course experiences, you will learn to interpret large datasets from intelligence sources, analyze geospatial data to identify and characterize patterns and associations reflected in the data, communicate effectively with the various entities within the intelligence community and develop intelligence products vital to effective decision-making.

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Public Health - Occupational Safety and Health

This certificate program was designed to meet the needs of public health practitioners who have collateral responsibility for worker safety and health as well as those assigned primary responsibility. Completion of this certificate provides the student a broad-based foundation in occupational safety and health that enhances recognition, evaluation ad control of workplace hazards. Occupational safety and health management tools and skills are identified and explored that can be implemented in the public practice health practitioner's work environment to bring about improvements in worker safety and health.

PHC 4341 Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health 3
PHC 4340 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 3
PHC 4363 Occupational Safety and Health in the Health Care Environment 3

Total Hours

9

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Technology Systems Support

Skills developed in the TSS Certificate enable individuals to effectively work in a range of networking environments. Students may incorporate the undergraduate Certificate courses in our online programs in Information Engineering Technology (IET) or IIT: Networking and Telecommunications. Information Engineering Technology prepares individuals to assume the roles of network, telecommunications, and instructional systems support in a wide variety of organizations. The focus of IET is the implementation, maintenance, and adaptation of technologies to meet organizational mission and goals from a scientific and engineering foundation. IIT graduates develop skills in designing, implementing and managing technologies to align with the strategic goals of an organization.

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Graduate Certificate Programs

Business Analytics

The program of study leading to the M.B.A. with an Emphasis in Business Analytics is 36 semester hours and relates business analytics to specific managerial decision-making scenarios.  Students will learn the role of analytics as a data-driven decision support toolbox for managers in various business environments.  Students will be able to communicate to management the appropriate types of data mining to apply in a business scenario given the data set and organizational context. Students will learn how to plan a research study related to a given industry, collect relevant data, and submit a report of findings and recommendations.  Analysis will be done as to the impact of each recommended course of action and effective arguments will be developed to support recommendations.  The importance of data integrity and data privacy will be emphasized.

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Civics Educator

The 12 semester hour Graduate Civics Educator Program is devoted to the study of American government, focusing on the origins and development of American political thought and institutions. The founding documents, the basic constitutional structure (separation of powers, judicial review, federalism, etc.) political parties and elections, and the evolution of public policy and administration in response to changes in ideas and demography as well as key events are emphasized. Participants develop content knowledge and skills they need to work as teachers of civics in the social studies classroom.

Important Note: This is a synchronous course delivery program, meaning that students are required to attend live lectures on specific dates and times via the university's free video conferencing service. 

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Data Science

The Certificate in Data Science combines advanced computer programming and database system architectures with statistical analyses and modeling. This program is designed to address the need for a skill set that includes programming, computational, and analytical skills, all of which is applicable to business, healthcare, as well as many other fields.

Important Note: The certificate program is offered both online and face-to- face. Online courses are offered both synchronously (must be at an Internet connected computer at a set day/time) and asynchronously.

Data Science, a burgeoning interdisciplinary field, studies and executes the extraction of knowledge from large data sets through database management and data analysis. There are three professional communities, all within Computer Science and/or Statistics, which have emerged as major contributors to this new field – Database Management, Statistics and Machine Learning, and Distributed and Parallel Systems. UWF currently has graduate programs covering all three areas.

Computer Science has a strong program offering courses in Database Systems and Data Mining. Mathematics and Statistics has a strong program offering courses in Statistics and Data Analyses. The certificate will be a mutually beneficial collaboration among Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and other related disciplines. We view the certificate as a starting point towards building a M.S. degree in Data Science.

Companies and agencies have been collecting large volumes data for some time. As a result, a workforce that manages and analyzes data to predict outcomes is in demand. The needed skill set is a combination of a scientific background, programming skills, and computational and analytical skills. The certificate, and eventually the MS degree, will help meet this demand. Given that this skill set is currently rare, it is predicted that the U.S. average salary for a data scientist is $118,709 (Glassdoor).

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Database Systems

This 12 semester hour certificate program is designed to provide both theory and practical knowledge in database design, development and implementation, advanced database concepts, database administration, as well as data mining. In-depth practice in the use of Structure Query Language (SQL) will also be provided. It will prepare one to be a database professional, or work in any other information system career in which knowledge of capturing, storing, retrieving, organizing, and analyzing information is important. The departmental certificate application, available on the Computer Science website, should be submitted before the drop/add period of the semester of completion. All courses must have been completed within 5 years of receipt of application with a grade of "C" or better. 

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Entrepreneurship

This certificate program engages participants in the processes necessary to convert business ideas into well-structured plans for new business ventures. Participants will develop and present new venture ideas, develop a comprehensive new venture business plan, and consult with area small businesses to develop solutions to real business problems.

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Geographic Information Science (GIS)

This certificate program is designed to teach students, from novice to working professionals, both the highly in-demand technical skill of using industry-standard geospatial software as well as a strong conceptual foundation in Geographic Information Science necessary for advanced analyst and manager roles. Geographic Information Systems is a computerized system that allows users to work with, interrelate, and analyze virtually all forms of spatial data for decision making. The program represents the latest technologies that are revolutionizing many disciplines, including geography, environmental sciences, archaeology, business, defense and intelligence, and public health/safety in the information age.  Required courses and GIS internship have been carefully combined to reflect the real-world requirements needed for careers in the geospatial sciences. Students may choose between face-to-face (Pensacola campus) and online courses by applying to one of the two program offerings available: GIS Certificate and Online GIS Certificate programs.

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Geographic Information Science (GIS) – Archaeology

This certificate program is designed to teach students, from novice to working professionals, both the highly in-demand technical skill of using industry-standard geospatial software as well as a strong conceptual foundation in Geographic Information Science necessary for advanced analyst and manager roles. Geographic Information Systems is a computerized system that allows users to work with, interrelate, and analyze virtually all forms of spatial data for decision making. The program represents the latest technologies that are revolutionizing many disciplines, including geography, environmental sciences, archaeology, business, defense and intelligence, and public health/safety in the information age.  The archaeology program utilizes ArcGIS to create, visualize, query, and model archaeological, historical and anthropological data. Additionally, the program is designed to reinforce best practices for collecting spatially-related data on anthropological archaeology projects while recognizing the ethical issues associated with the management of sensitive data.  Required courses and GIS internship have been carefully combined to reflect the real-world requirements needed for those interested in using GIS in the fields of archaeology and anthropology.  This program is offered completely online as part of the Online GIS Certificate program.

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Geospatial Cybersecurity

The Geospatial Cybersecurity certificate combines foundational courses in computer programming, database and cybersecurity with the specialized study of geographic information systems. This program is designed to address the need for Cybersecurity GIS applications related to business, geospatial intelligence, education, healthcare, and numerous other employment fields.

As part of the coursework, students will be provided with the opportunity to become technically proficient in a variety of geospatial technologies and applications through hands-on instruction. The program focuses on Geographic Information Science, programming, database, data mining, and cybersecurity concepts, computational modeling, automation, and implementation of customized GIS applications. The proposed courses have been carefully combined to reflect the real-world requirements needed for careers in the cybersecurity applications of geospatial sciences. With 100 percent of the coursework offered online, this program is designed to meet the needs of recent graduates looking to enter the workforce and those working professionals who did not acquire a computational Cybersecurity GIS background as part of their primary academic training while they continue to hold their position in their chosen field.

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Graduate Business Foundations

The University of West Florida’s (UWF) Graduate Business Foundations Certificate Program offers online foundation courses for participants interested in developing or renewing skills and knowledge in basic business foundations. The program primarily targets working professionals with non-business undergraduate degrees who desire formal business education to support existing or anticipated responsibilities in their career tracks. The Graduate Business Foundations Certificate also provides the foundation for further graduate study in business and administration. Depending on the options chosen, a participant can complete many of the foundational courses necessary to enter the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program or apply the courses toward the Master of Science in Administration (MSA) Program.

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Health Informatics and Health Informatics, Advanced

The Certificate in Health Informatics is available at the graduate level and provides an exploration of the interdisciplinary nature of Health Informatics, with coverage of the newest technologies and concepts such as: electronic health records (EHR), health information exchange, home telehealth, medical mobile technology and data analytics. This program should be of interest to physicians, nurses, health care administrators, business managers, medical librarians, computer scientists, IT technicians, engineers and others. The graduate Certificate program requires four online courses be taken and typically 1-2 courses are scheduled each semester. Most courses consist of about 12 modules of content released weekly over a 12-16 week semester. Further details are available on our web site.

Course Number Course Name Offered
HSA5197 Current Topics in Health Informatics Summer/Fall
HSA 5198 Electronic Clinical Record Systems
Every other semester
HSA 599X Advanced Topics in Healthcare Information Technology OR TBD
PHC 5050 Biostatistics For Public Health 
Spring/Fall
Choose one of the following:
PHC 6251 Disease Surveillance and Monitoring Fall
PHC 6194 GIS Applications for Public Health Fall
BSC 5459 Bioinformatics and Data Science Spring/Summer/Fall
PHC 6196 Computer Applications in Public Health Summer/Fall

An Advanced Certificate in Health Informatics is also offered that requires six courses. These courses are as follows:

Course Number Course Name Offered
HSA 5197 Introduction to Medical Informatics Spring/Summer/Fall
HSA 5198 Electronic Clinical Record Systems Summer
PHC 6196 Computer Applications in Public Health Summer/Fall
PHC 5050 Biostatistics for Public Health Spring/Fall
HSA 599X Advanced Topics in Healthcare Information Technology OR Spring/Summer/Fall
BSC 5459 Introduction to Bioinformatics Spring/Summer/Fall
Choose one of the following:
PHC 6251 Disease Surveillance and Monitoring Fall
PHC 6194 GIS Applications in Public Health Fall

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Hospitality and Tourism Leadership

This certificate teaches students how to analyze key elements of a complex global hospitality and tourism problem/opportunity and present a defensible recommendation. Students will then create an effective written analysis report and oral presentation of their findings.

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Human Resources Management

This certificate develops the student’s ability to describe the relationship of Human Resources Management and organizational strategy. Students will evaluate the bases of pay, including incentives and pay for performance systems. Ethical issues related to compensation and benefits will be discussed. Students will demonstrate how to conduct an effective interview and design and develop a training program.

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Human Performance Technology

UWF's innovative Certificate in Human Performance Technology (HPT) develops your skills in identifying and solving performance problems. The HPT certificate program aligns to performance standards and competencies developed by the American Society for Talent Development (ATD) and the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI).

You can complete HPT Certificate Requirements on your timeframe - according to your schedule. The certificate can be completed in as little as two semesters, and is available fully online. The web-based course material allows students to interact with their instructor, other students and access exams online through our eLearning system at times convenient for them.

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Information Security Management

This certificate teaches students to develop policies and procedures that ensure the safety of an organization's information assets without harming the productivity of the organization. Students will perform risk assessment to identify potential threats and design mitigation plans and identify the ethical dilemmas that occur in the context of cybersecurity. Conceptual and technical aspects of information security management solutions are discussed including the design, development and building of an Information Security Management solution.

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Instructional Design and Technology

The Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) Certificate provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to conduct needs analyses and design, develop, implement and evaluate training and technology based initiatives in various organizational settings.  This 12-hour online program is aligned with current research and best practices related to learning theory, instructional theory and technology integration, preparing students to function as instructional designers, training managers and technology specialists in a number of organizational settings including K12, higher education, healthcare, business and military.  

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Not-For-Profit Administration

The department of Legal Studies, Public Administration and Sports Management is proud to offer a 10.5 semester hour online Certificate in Not-For-Profit Administration. This program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles as managers and administrators in nonprofit, private sector agencies. The program is offered completely online. The courses in the Certificate Program are utilized in the broader Master of Science in Administration - Public Administration degree program, and as such provide a feeder venue for students who have completed the Certificate Program to apply for admission, and if admitted, move to the Master of Science in Administration - Public Administration Degree program. The Certificate in Not-for-Profit Administration is designed to provide students a focused knowledge base and skill set useful in the effective administration of public and private not-for-profit organizations. The four courses in the certificate include:

PAD 5146 The Nonprofit Profession
PAD 6335 Strategic Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PAD 6227 Public Budgeting
EME 6358 Evaluation for MSA Professionals or
GEB 5509 Interpretation and Application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for Not-for-Profit Organizations

Public Health - Emergency Management

Students will gain an understanding of disasters and their consequences with a focus on the role of the public health response. The principles of disaster planning, prevention, mitigation as well as the structure and organization of disaster response will be covered. Risk assessment, raid health assessment, and surveillance will be covered. Topics include mental health issues, environmental services, ethical and legal issues, evaluation methods for assessing the mental and public health response, as well as discussion of complex humanitarian emergencies.

BSC 5856 Bioterrorism 3
HSC 5205 Public Health Preparedness 3
HSC 6528 Strategies for Prevention of Infectious Disease 3
Total Hours 9

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Public Health - Environmental Health

This certificate is designed to prepare those working in public health, health care, and environmental sectors to deal with the plethora of environmental issues that impact human health.

PHC 6300 Environmental Health (formerly Survey of Environmental Problems) 3
PHC 6310 Environmental Toxicology 3
PHC 6251 Disease Surveillance and Monitoring 3
Choose one:  
PHC 6005 Disease Transmission in the Urban Environment  
PHC 5351 Occupational Safety and Health in the Health Care Environment  
Total Hours 9

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Public Health - Infection Control

This certificate is designed primarily for health care workers concerned with infectious disease transmission in the nosocomial environment.

BSC 5856 Bioterrorism 3
HSC 6528 Strategies for Prevention of Infectious Disease 3
MCB 5273 Epidemiology of Infectious Disease 3
PHC 6251 Disease Surveillance and Monitoring 3

Total Hours

12

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Public Health - Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)

This certificate is designed to meet the needs of public health practitioners who have collateral responsibility for worker safety and health as well as those assigned primary responsibility. The student will gain a broad based foundation in occupational safety and health that enhances recognition, evaluation and control of workplace hazards. Management tools and skills are identified and explored that can be implemented in the public practice health practitioner’s work environment to bring about improvements in worker safety and health. 

PHC 5351

Occupational Safety and Health in the Health Care Environment

3

PHC 5355

Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health

3

PHC 5356

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene

3

Total Hours

9

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Supply Chain Logistics Management

This certificate exposes the student to the utilization of supply chain logistics management concepts to solve business management problems specific to domestic and global logistics and transportation operations. Students will use analytics to assist in identifying critical logistics issues and opportunities in creating and executing supply chain logistics strategies across global marketplaces.

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Teacher Ready*

TeacherReady® is a 9-month online teacher certification program that leads to a Florida Professional Teaching Certificate upon completion. TeacherReady® is state approved and is the Educator Preparation Institute of the NCATE accredited Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida. This revolutionary program includes eight lessons focusing on educational pedagogy and field experiences allowing for flexibility in scheduling, participation, and completion.The TeacherReady® Program can even be completed while working full time. TeacherReady® serves students worldwide creating teachers of excellence for tomorrow's classrooms. Graduates will have the opportunity to transfer 12 credit hours of graduate coursework towards a Masters of Education at UWF.

* This program prepares students for potential licensure in Florida. Prospective out-of-state students who will be pursuing a license in their state should check with that state's licensing agency before enrolling.

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Virtual Educator

The Virtual Educator Certificate provides students with a focused examination of the practices involved in the design, development, implementation, evaluation and administration of distance learning environments.  This 12-hour online program allows students to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to work in various capacities within the virtual learning environment.   Students will be prepared to function effectively as distance educators, designers, and administrators at all levels of education.  

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Additional fully online courses and programs are available from other Florida Universities and State Colleges through the FloridaShines online course and program catalog.

Electronic CampusYou can find even more distance learning courses and programs through the SREB’s Electronic Campus.

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