The Professional Training Option (PTO) is a Florida Department of Education approved pathway for non-education majors to complete the professional component, one of the requirements to become a certified teacher in the State of Florida.

The PTO minor is 18 credit hours. Students must successfully pass the required portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) prior to degree conferral.  UM transcripts will indicate that the student has completed a Florida State approved PTO program. Program completers will be eligible to apply for a Temporary Teaching Certificate in the State of Florida. Please see an academic advisor in the School of Education and Human Development for exam requirements and course advising.

Curriculum Requirements

PTO Minor Courses
TAL 103Psychological Foundations of Education3
TAL 305Classroom and Behavior Management3
TAL 330Introduction to the Education of Exceptional Individuals3
TAL 404Content Area Literacy in the Secondary Classroom3
TAL 506Issues and Strategies for ESOL3
Select one of the following (appropriate for the subject area):3
Education and the Arts
Instruction and Assessment in Secondary English Language Arts
Instruction and Assessment in Secondary Mathematics
Instruction and Assessment in Secondary Science
Instruction and Assessment In Secondary Social Studies
Total Credit Hours18