Professional Development Alternatives

The Professional Development Alternatives (PDA) modules are designed to assist educators in becoming more proficient in responding to the various instructional and behavioral needs of each individual learner in order to maximize achievement of all students.

Many of these modules will support the new recertification requirement for instruction in teaching students with disabilities. However, each school district is responsible to ascertain if the content of a module satisfies the content requirement for students with disabilities credit (Renewal Credit in Teaching Students with Disabilities DPS 2014-12). Please note: individuals not currently employed by a Florida school district or organization with an approved MIP, must verify that their local school district or organization is willing to award inservice points for non-employees.

The facilitated modules provide ongoing collaboration with colleagues and expert facilitators. The independent study modules allow self-paced learning.

All modules are:

  • free to Florida educators,
  • available online throughout the state,
  • designed with high-quality content, and
  • updated on a regular basis.

All modules provide:

  • a variety of learning activities,
  • classroom-related assessment tasks,
  • technology support, as needed, and
  • a consistent and user-friendly format and organization.

The PDA online modules began in 2003, with a partnership between the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services and the Bureau of Educator Certification. The modules continue to be funded by the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services and are coordinated by the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) Administration Project and the nineteen FDLRS associate centers, in collaboration with the Florida Center for Interactive Media at Florida State University.

Click here to download a document with the history of the development of the PDA Modules.