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St. Johns River State College offers online recertification courses designed to meet state requirements for teachers seeking renewal of their Professional Teaching Certificate. Students must work with the Teacher Education Office, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and their school district’s personnel, to ensure that they have selected the appropriate courses for each certification specialization.

The following online courses were designed specifically for teachers in need of recertification and are offered every term:

Courses for Florida Teacher Certification Renewal:

EDG 4419: Building Classroom Management and Discipline (Valid for Recertification or Initial Certification)
This course focuses on principles and strategies for developing and maintaining an effective classroom environment for diverse learners. Strategies for whole class management as well as management of challenging behaviors will be explored. This course includes students’ behavioral traits, teachers’ obligations in discipline, organizing systems of management and a comprehensive review of outstanding strategies and tactics for effective classroom management and discipline. Participants will conduct an assessment on personal strengths and weaknesses in classroom management, as well as design a comprehensive classroom management plan.

EDF 4444: Assessment of Learning and Behavior (Valid for Recertification or Initial Certification)
This course is designed to help teachers develop high quality assessment instruments for use in the classroom. Teachers will attain a knowledge of planning for assessment, testing validity and reliability, as well as distinguish the difference between norm referenced and criterion-referenced testing. Students will also learn to interpret student assessment data to identify gaps in student learning and measure student learning gains. The course will assist teachers in gaining the concepts and skills related to planning, development, administering, and interpreting assessments.

EDG 4343: Instructional Strategies (Valid for Recertification or Initial Certification)
This course will provide the guidance and tools to design, teach, and reflect on classroom lessons and units using instructional strategies as a process for making teaching decisions. This course provides a setting to discuss the challenges you will face in the classroom.

RED 4342: Foundation of Research Practice in Reading Education (Valid for Recertification or Initial Certification)
This course provides an understanding of the principles of scientifically based research as the foundation of comprehensive instruction. This course teaches assessment of literacy development, language structure and function and cognition of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

TSL 3081: ESOL Issues and Strategies (Valid for Recertification or Initial Certification)
This course introduces instructional strategies for teaching students of limited English proficiency including instruction in the English language. The goal of this course is to develop the foundation of knowledge necessary to prepare educators to understand the concepts upon which second language acquisition are based in addition to the impact these concepts will have on instruction.

EEX 4034: Exceptional Learners in the Inclusive Classroom (Valid for Recertification ONLY)
This course is to introduce inclusive educators to the characteristics, evaluation and identification of students with exceptionalities. This course examines current issues, legislation, education reform, strategies and interventions in working with students with disabilities, as well as effective special education service models. This course meets the requirement for credit in teaching students with disabilities (SWD). Please note this course can only be taken for certificate renewal purposes and does not satisfy initial certification requirements.

Fall - August 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - April 15

$126.75 per credit hour

Before you apply:

Contact the Teacher Education Office
SJR State Palatka Campus
S-202 Science Building
5001 St. Johns Avenue
Palatka, FL 32177

You will need:
A copy of either their Professional or Temporary Teaching Certificate or Statement of Status of Eligibility from the Florida Department of Education to the Teacher Education Office.

Applicants should apply through the general college application ($30 fee required). Be sure to apply as a non-degree/certificate seeking student and then choose Teacher Recertification as your program of study.

For more information on renewing your Professional Educator Certification and a list of appropriate categories of courses that may be acceptable for renewal, visit the Florida Department of Education.