Professional Development Alternatives

20 hours

The focus of the Effective Teaching Practices for Students with Disabilities: Focusing on the Content Areas module is to provide educators with information about appropriate and effective instructional practices for students with disabilities, especially in the core content areas. This module is not intended to be a course of study to obtain teacher certification in Exceptional Student Education. This online, independent study PDA professional development module was written to meet the recertification requirement for teaching students with disabilities credit (Renewal Credit in Teaching Students with Disabilities DPS 2014-12); however, each school district or private school agency determines if the module satisfies the requirement for their employees.

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This course enables educators to develop, increase and demonstrate knowledge and skills for providing effective instruction for students with disabilities. Content and activities focus on federal and state requirements for identification and provision of services to students with disabilities and comparison of the development and characteristics of children with disabilities to children without disabilities. Emphasis is on how to develop a universally designed and differentiated environment by identifying models of support for assisting students with disabilities in accessing the general education curricula and by implementing effective instructional methods (e.g. explicit and systematic instruction, scaffolding, modeling, visual supports, and manipulatives) in order to meet individual student needs.

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This course will provide an overview of the 4-step problem-solving process that is used in the context of tiered systems of service delivery to ensure responsive instructional practices that meet the needs of all students. It will illustrate the importance of utilizing a data-based problem-solving process to make adjustments to the critical classroom PBIS practices that ensure responsive behavioral systems that are unique to the needs of staff and students within each classroom. This module will begin modeling Step 1 of the problem-solving process, Problem Identification, using a case study exemplar followed by demonstration. Participants will have an opportunity to practice newly learned skills utilizing a second case study. Tools and resources will be provided throughout the module to support implementation and practical application of key practices reviewed.

10 hours

The focus of this course is to provide information about the use, administration, scoring, and interpretation of the Battelle Developmental Inventory, 2nd Edition (BDI-2).


The goal of this course is to provide early childhood educators with information and instructional practices that support young children with special needs in an inclusive environment. It focuses on three developmental domains: communication, social-emotional, and adaptive which are the three prekindergarten indicators from the FLDOE/BEESS Strategic Plan.

Non-credit Content Review

This course enables participants to review content covered under the four main competency areas identified under Florida's Elementary K-6 Certification guidelines. The course is designed to help educators review and refresh their knowledge base in the areas of language arts and reading, math, science, and social science, as required in Florida’s Elementary K-6 certification exam.


This course IS NOT for inservice credit, therefore it cannot be used to satisfy the recertification requirement for teaching students with disabilities. This self-study course enables participants to review core content outlined in the teacher competencies required in the exceptional student education certification exam. The course provides information related to state and federal legislation and case law, appropriate legal and ethical practices and different disability categories.

The course provides information about appropriate legal and ethical practices and different disability categories. The course content includes information on how to create a successful learning environment, the components and team members of the individualized education process and using models of support for students with disabilities to ensure success with the general education curriculum.

Inservice points for professional development are awarded by school districts through their Master Inservice Plan (MIP). Individuals not employed by a Florida school district/organization with an approved MIP, should verify that a local school district/organization is willing to award your inservice points. If they are not able to assist, you must use college credit to renew your certificate.