Developmental Education

Developmental education is instruction through which a high school graduate who applies for any college credit program may attain the communication and computation skills necessary to successfully complete college credit instruction. 

The College offers developmental courses in English, reading, and mathematics. According to the Florida Administrative Code, an entering student who is not exempt from common placement testing and developmental education must take Florida’s Placement Test, the PERT (Post-Secondary Education Readiness Test). A non-exempt student whose PERT scores in mathematics, reading, or English fall below the minimum in these areas must take developmental courses. 

Per Florida Statute 1008.30, the following students are exempt from the requirement to take the common placement test and to enroll in developmental education:


  1. Students who entered Grade 9 in a Florida public school in 2003-2004 or thereafter and earned a Florida standard high school diploma; and
  2. Students who are serving as active duty members of any branch of the United States Armed Services.


However, a student who is not required to take the common placement test nor to enroll in developmental education courses may choose to be assessed and enroll in developmental education instruction.

A student who is not exempt from common placement testing and who tests into developmental education and subsequently enrolls in developmental courses must successfully complete the required developmental courses by the time he or she has accumulated 12 hours of college credit coursework or must maintain continuous enrollment in developmental coursework each semester until the requirements are completed while performing satisfactorily in the degree earning coursework. A student who is required to take two or more developmental courses must also complete SLS 1101 College Success.

Developmental courses do not satisfy any requirements for graduation. Each developmental course is designated in the course description to indicate the number of college preparatory (c.p.) credits awarded. For assistance in college credit course selection or for additional information about this state requirement, contact an advisor.

In accordance with Florida law, a student may use Adult Education, Adult Secondary Education, private provider instruction, or approved documented student achievements as an alternative to traditional developmental education instruction. For information on these options, contact Mr. Kirk Bradley in the Mathematics Department at 850-484-1128 or Dr. Tracy Peyton in the English and Communications Department at 850-484-1185.