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    The Supporting Talent and Recruiting Teachers Program, S.T.A.R.T, is a collaboration between DCPS District and Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ, Saint Leo University, and the University of North Florida (UNF) to support personnel in becoming credentialed, highly effective teachers in DCPS district areas of Early Childhood Education, Exceptional Student Education, Elementary Education K-6,  and Middle Grades Education. Click the tiles below to visit the school's page and learn more about the program.

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     This initiative will help DCPS staff the numerous teacher vacancies with exemplary teachers, who understand the culture, strengths and challenges of DCPS students.

          This two-year to four-year program assists Paraprofessionals, UOPD, and Civil Service employees in obtaining teaching credentials and teacher certification. Employees are eligible with: Duval County Public School District endorsement.

         S.T.A.R.T offers the opportunity to engage in professional development and acquire a teaching certificate from a state-approved education program allowing them to transition into a DCPS teaching position. 

    Program Benefits:

    * Free University Application         Low Out-of-Pocket Cost       * Free Teacher Exam Prep

    * District & University Support       * Online & Onsite Classes      * Flexible Internship  

    * Guidance in class & in teaching   * 1-year mentorship after program * Smaller Classes


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    For additional information concerning S.T.A.R.T, connect with the team below:

    Nichole Thompson                               Cecile Wallace

    Coordinator                                            Supervisor

    thompsonn3@duvalschools.org            harperc2@duvalschools.org

    904.390.2177                                        904.390.2250