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New State Certification for Masters’ Recipients

(5/11/10) In accordance with the State of Florida and the Florida Department of Education for program approval, Clearwater Christian College is pleased to announce the eligibility of the Masters’ of Educational Leadership graduates for Florida State Certification in Educational Leadership. After completing all graduation requirements, masters’ recipients may pursue their state certification through the Florida Department of Education and be qualified to be administrators in all Florida schools.

Clearwater Christian College seeks to not only provide quality, Biblically-based education, but also to equip graduates with the skills and certifications necessary to find jobs in the current educational climate—both in private and public institutions. This new status gives education majors the tools they need to achieve state certification and licensing.

Dr. Mary Draper, Vice President for Academic Affairs, details the process of ascertaining state approval for the graduate program at Clearwater Christian College, “From the first approval for the Masters in Educational Leadership, the goal of the College has been to have a state approved program. Our undergraduate education programs all have state approval, and providing state approval for the graduate program was essential.” She extends thanks to Dr. Gary Smith for his persistence: “Dr. Smith wrote and submitted our portfolio to the state of Florida early in September 2009, and continued to work with the State of Florida to obtain this program approval for our 2010 graduating masters’ students. Administrators and teachers, both in public and Christian schools, who complete CCC’s masters’ degree, will be qualified for state certification.”

As an institution, the goal of Clearwater Christian College is to continuously achieve educational excellence. With this recent affirmation, CCC is on the front lines of educational distinction for both undergraduate and graduate courses of study. For more information on the graduate program at CCC, please visit