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NEXT CLASS BEGINS August 16, 2022 (Click Here for more information)

The Principles of Teaching program prepares the student for employment as a teacher assistant within the Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) system. The course content includes an understanding of education in the United States, the ability to work effectively with all students, educational technology, lesson planning and implementation, classroom management, student assessment, communication skills, and other skills needed to support the learning activities of students.


As part of the training, students will be assigned to a BCPS school to complete an internship. Additionally, the program includes a review of the ParaPro Assessment, which is required for employment with BCPS.


Course Number

Course Title



Substitute Teacher

150 hours


Teacher Assisting

450 hours


Program Hours and Schedule

600 hours ǀ Full-Time: 5 months ǀ Part-Time: 10 months ǀ Hybrid*

Full-Time ǀ Monday – Friday, 9:15am – 4:15pm

Part-Time ǀ Monday – Friday, 9:15am – 12:45pm


Actual start and end times will vary based on internship and online assignments.


Enrollment: August and January


*Students enrolled in distance and/or hybrid programs must have daily access to a computer with internet and a valid email address that they check daily. Additionally, students must have all necessary hardware and software components required by their program.



ParaPro Assessment


Employment Opportunities

Teacher Assistant ǀ Classroom Assistant ǀ Childcare Monitor


College Credit

Graduates may be awarded credits towards an Associate of Science Degree or Associate of Applied Science Degree at select Florida state colleges. Please click here for additional details.


Program Costs

FL Resident Tuition


Out of State Tuition




Books and Supplies


Industry Certification


FL Resident Total


Out of State Total



*Prices are subject to change without notice.


Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Please visit https://studentaid.gov/ to apply.


Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or GED®.
  • Schedule a basic skills assessment ($15) or provide official documentation of a basic skills exemption to your program counselor/advisor.
  • Schedule an appointment with your program counselor/advisor for basic skills assessment results and/or a program specific orientation.
  • Applicants must complete a background check.
  • Register for classes during open enrollment. Program registration runs on a first come, first served basis.


Program Counselor/Advisor

Meghan Emerson, Certified School Counselor

[email protected]


For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at (754) 321-5700.