Mar 27, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Professional Training Option Minor

The Professional Training Option (PTO) is an approved alternative teacher certification program designed for students interested in teaching at the secondary level in English, Social Science, or Science in the State of Florida. Qualified majors include: English, Journalism, History, Political Science, Biology, Psychology, and Environmental Science and Policy, and World Languages.

Graduation Requirements for the Program

Passing General Knowledge Test (GKT) scores must be submitted prior to graduation.

Certification requires submission of transcripts to the Florida Department of Education, as passing scores on the Professional Education Test and appropriate Subject Area portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE). For more on testing, please see

Minor Requirements (21 credit hours)

Minor Core (21 credit hours)

Coursework completed in clusters. You must finish one cluster before moving to the next:

GPA Requirements

  • An overall minimum GPA of 2.50 on all attempted hours.
  • A minimum 2.5 GPA is required in all coursework.

Grading Requirements

A minimum grade of C- is required in all coursework.

Advising Information

Location: Heller Hall 203 (St. Petersburg campus)
Contact person(s) – Dr. Deanna Bullard
Phone: 727-873-4507

To schedule an advising appointment:

Prospective or current students with an active UID can schedule an appointment online:

Prospective students who have not yet applied or students who are inactive (e.g., dismissed or not enrolled for 3 consecutive terms) should contact the appropriate advising location in their intended major: