USF Sarasota-Manatee helps local school districts comply with new state law requiring online coursework

A new Florida state law requires incoming 9th grade students to take at least one online course before they graduate.  The law, effective this fall, will also have an impact on teachers, specifically those who do not know how to teach an online course.  The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is addressing this need by offering to teach the teachers.

“Teaching a course online differs from teaching a course in a physical classroom,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “The demands on educators today differ from those only a few years ago, and advances in technology are central to the future of teaching.  The educational community has asked for this program, and we are pleased to provide it.”

The certificate program offered at USF Sarasota-Manatee, called Online Pedagogy, will be offered starting this fall to current USFSM students along with any interested local teachers.  Inquiries about this and other classes in the College of Education should be directed to the Academic Advising Office at 941-359-4330.  Information can also be found online at

“We are excited to be offering the Online Pedagogy certificate,” said Dr. Osborn.  “Ultimately, the children of the USF Sarasota-Manatee region are the ones who benefit.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education is NCATE Accredited and home to undergraduate and graduate programs preparing teachers and administrators as well as professionals who can assume roles related to education in a variety of fields.  Programs leading to state certification include Elementary Education (Undergraduate and graduate level); Educational Leadership, and Reading.