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OCSD Endorsement Programs

An endorsement serves as a supplement to an existing Professional Educator’s Certificate, denoting expertise in a particular instructional subject or methodology. Educators may be required to add an endorsement to their certificates in order to meet federal and state requirements.

The OCSD Professional Development Office provides online endorsement courses to fulfill requirements for the Autism, ESOL, Gifted, and Reading Endorsements. Upon completing an endorsement program, the educator should contact the district’s certification office for an application to add the endorsement.

Educators may also complete endorsement requirements through college/university coursework that demonstrates alignment with the state requirements. If courses were completed through a college/university, an official sealed transcript must accompany the application submitted to the OCSD Certification Office.

In addition, the PD office provides the directions to courses needed for a standalone Athletic Coaching Certificate available through Human Kinetics® and for the Driver Education Endorsement coursework available only through a Florida college or university provider.

Due to budgetary constraints, only current employees may register for endorsement courses, and participants are expected to complete the course or reimburse the district the cost of the course, prior to enrolling in another endorsement course.

Autism Endorsement

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement program provides required professional development courses for educators who teach students with autism. The plan provides for 240 hours of training through FDLRS/BEESS, and courses must be completed in order within a cohort that begins each fall. Contact the ESE Department about joining the next cohort.

  • Nature and Needs Assessment, and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders with Field Experience (80 hours)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Supports for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders with Field Experience (80 hours)
  • Augmentative/Alternative Communication Systems and Assistive/Instructional Technology for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders with Field Experience (80 hours)

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement

The ESOL Endorsement program provides required professional development courses for educators who teach or will teach English to identified Limited English Proficient students. The plan provides for 300 hours of training, and courses are accessed by registering in Frontline. Contact the ESOL Office regarding requirements and need.

  • Applied Linguistics (60 hours)
  • Cross-Cultural Communication and Understanding (60 hours)
  • Curriculum and Materials Development (60 hours)
  • Methods of Teaching (60 hours) Testing and Evaluation (60 hours)

Gifted Endorsement

The Gifted Endorsement program provides required professional development courses for educators who teach or will teach identified gifted students. The plan provides for 300 hours of training through FDLRS/BEESS, and courses are accessed by registering in Frontline. Contact the ESE Office regarding future course availability.

  • Nature and Needs of the Gifted Learner (60 hours)
  • Curriculum and Instructional Strategies for the Gifted (60 hours)
  • Theory and Development of Creativity (60 hours)
  • Guidance and Counseling for the Gifted (60 hours)
  • Education of Special Populations of Gifted Students (60 hours)

Reading Endorsement

The Reading Endorsement program provides required professional development for educators who teach or will teach students needing intensive reading interventions. The plan provides for 300 hours of training through BEACON Educator and are accessed by registering in Frontline.

  • Foundations of Reading Instruction (60 hours)
  • Application of Research-Based Instructional Practices (60 hours)
  • Foundations of Assessment (60 hours)
  • Foundations and Applications of Differentiated Instruction and Competency (60 hours)
  • Demonstration of Accomplishment (60 hours)