Master Teacher Program

A Proper Education for a Brighter Future.

Master Teacher Program Overview

Under the supervision of a Master Teacher, early childhood teachers apply knowledge gained in classroom settings to develop positive, practical teaching skills.

The Master Teacher Program is a training program funded by the United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties. It was developed by the United Way of Central Florida in partnership with the Early Learning Coalition of Polk County, Polk State College and others.

With a focus on language development, the Master Teacher Program is designed to improve the quality of preschool experiences, while helping children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

Spent on 20 teachers in 10 early-childhood classrooms in the past year

Interested in Participating?

Please complete our Center Application to be contacted regarding participation in our Master Teacher Program. 

Looking for Great Resources?

Please visit our Teacher Resources page for online resources tailored to early education teachers and parents.

Program Concentration


The Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE), and it is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. The CDA® is based on a core set of competency standards that guide early childhood professionals toward becoming qualified educators of young children. The competencies are as follows:

  • Safe Environment
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Learning Environment
  • Physical Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Communication
  • Creative Abilities
  • Sense of Self
  • Social Competence-Character Development
  • Guidance
  • Family
  • Program Management
  • Professionalism


  • 99 Quality Indicators
  • Reddy On
  • PPVT (Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test)
  • EVT (ExpressiveVocabulary Test)

What educators and program participants saying about Master Teacher


The Master Teacher Program has greatly enhanced the positive learning environment in the classrooms that you have worked with.

These teachers were able to define and implement efficient movement from center to center, classroom layout, and the value of continued positive interactions.  The program is exceptional and extremely effective allowing the children to benefit with developmentally appropriate activities and lessons.

Betsy Mae Wilson, MBA
Executive Director, Waterman Early Learning Academy


The master teacher program has helped me and my students learn so much.

Better communication. I learned how to listen more to my students. Better communication led to less stress for me and the students. We became closer than we were before. The master teacher program should be in taught in every class. It will be worth it.

The Children’s Enrichment Center

United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties would like to say a huge thank you to our sponsor

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