Daytona State College launching apprenticeship program to allow Volusia, Flagler school employees to earn teaching degrees

It is a free option for employees to become certified teachers in as little as two years while continuing in their full-time positions.

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  • | 5:00 p.m. April 19, 2024
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Daytona State College is launching a new apprenticeship program in Fall 2024 that will allow select school district employees in Volusia, Flagler and Brevard counties to pursue a career in teaching while continuing in their full-time positions. 

The program is supported through a $5 million statewide Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant aimed at designing a Grow Your Own Teacher Apprenticeship Program intended to open the teaching profession to individuals who are involved in the field but otherwise might not consider becoming credentialed. 

“Florida is dealing with a shortage of teaching professionals and this program gives qualified school employees a flexible, free option to become fully certified teachers in as little as two years,” said Dr. Tom LoBasso, President of Daytona State College. “The program is designed to allow employees to balance work, life and school, and graduates will have the exact same degree, certifications and endorsements as those earned by graduates of Daytona State’s School of Education.”

Graduates receive either a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education or a Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Student Education, depending on the degree path they select. 

DSC School of Education alumni: Madison Miller, Volusia County’s 2023 Teacher of the Year and current assistant principal at New Smyrna Beach's Read-Pattillo Elementary School; and Shari Goodenough, the kindergarten through fifth grade mathematics specialist for Volusia County, are consulting as content matter experts on the program.

Each school district will select candidates for the teacher apprenticeship program. Selected candidates will train alongside a mentor teacher, gaining hands-on experience while maintaining full time employment and receiving full pay.

School district employees interested in participating in the program should contact their Human Resources office. To learn more about Daytona State’s education programs, visit


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