For information on how to obtain your Reading Endorsement or Certification please click below to view the NEW pathways.

  • Free courses through UF Lastinger Center
  • Pay for Literacy Solution course(s) and get reimbursed from the Office of Teaching and Learning *First 100 people
  • Reading Endorsement 4 is free through FDLRS
  • Take the state K-12 Reading Test (until June of 2024)

For more information contact Dana Miller or Didi Johnson in Talent Development.

Updated 07/2020

Am I required to be reading endorsed?

Starting in the 2020-2021 school year, the following teachers will be required to either hold the Reading Endorsement, Reading K-12 certification or to begin the course requirements to add Reading Endorsement to their certificate.
– A 3rd Grade teacher that has a student that has been retained in 3rd grade.
– Any teacher that is listed as the teacher of record for a Tier 3 reading intervention.
– Any teacher that would like to be considered to teach 3rd grade Summer School

Questions and Answers

40-Hour Reading Requirement for Recertification
  • Click here for updated information regarding the requirement of an additional 40 hours of reading professional development. (Updated 03/2024)
  • Click here for information on the 40-Hour Reading Pathways and how to document your hours in Frontline.
20-Hour Students with Disabilities Course for Recertification
  • Click here for information on the 20-Hour SWD Recertification course.


The Talent Development Department offers an array of professional development courses for St. Lucie Public Schools non-instructional and instructional staff members via Canvas.

SLPS employees are expected to:

  • complete courses with the highest level of integrity
  • complete each assignment individually by the scheduled due dates
  • collaborate with colleagues within the course and participate in group discussion boards
  • receive full credit on all assignments (if asked to resubmit).

Access the Online Course Catalog

ESOL Endorsement Course Information and Requirements 

PD Alternatives - FDLRS

FDLRS offers professional development alternatives for teachers.

These online modules provide comprehensive, high quality and accessible professional development opportunities for Florida educators.

BEESS Portal

Are you currently teaching in gifted programs or interested in completing course-work for the Gifted Endorsement? FDLRS is offering the following modules AT NO COST, exclusively for educators in St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. Each 8-week course will be offered online. FDLRS Galaxy will offer the gifted endorsement module, Nature and Needs of the Gifted, online through Northeast Florida Education Consortium (NEFEC), beginning August 15, 2022. FDLRS Galaxy will provide the tuition for 25 participants. For more information, please contact

Register Here

New Professional Initiatives

Talent Development is now offering two new professional learning initiatives for teachers. Below you will find information on the new offerings. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please reach out to

Your Ticket to New Professional Learning

  • PL on Demand: Micro-Learning Modules 
      • PL on Demand offers professional learning at your fingertips, designed intentionally so that strategies can be instantly put into practice! Access the micro-learning modules anytime, anywhere! Each session is broken into bite-sized learning which can be completed in approximately 1-hour. Micro-learning modules include direct instruction videos from expert trainers, activities, and additional resources to dive deeper into the following focus areas: Teacher Wellness, Culture & Learning Environment, Building Success in the Classroom, and Teacher Desk.
  • EDUChat Drop-in Sessions 
      • Deepen conversations around the professional learning acquired within the PD on Demand Micro-Learning Modules and more! Ongoing learning together with SLPS peers & access to #SLPSTalks with guest speakers.

Podcast Straight Chalk

Straight Chalk: Podcast for Busy Educators

Talking straight about all things educational with Belinda Benner-Ordoñez, an Instructional Specialist in St. Lucie Public Schools. Share in professional learning and conversations around pedagogy, teaching and learning practices, behavior management, special topic series, and a whole lot more! Also, get access to experts offering their best practices. Listen on your drive home or on your lunch break to find out how much fun learning can be.

Listen wherever you get your podcasts from; Spotify, Apple, iHeart Radio, Amazon, Pandora, etc.

Leaders of Innovative Technology Cohorts

Are you wishing you were more involved with technology infusion on your campus? Do you have great ideas to integrate technology in your classroom and want to share it with others? If you answered yes, then Leaders of Innovative Technology (LITslps) is the cohort for you!

Registration for the 2023-2024 school is now closed. If you would like information on the program for future signup, click here.
For more information please contact Julia Hilburn or Sally VanDereedt.

Training Locations


Please note: If you are an employee visiting the District Office for a training, please leave the parking spaces labeled “Guest” for families and individuals visiting for school district services. Employee parking is located on either side of the building. Thank you.