Have you always wanted to teach, love challenges and seek a fulfilling new career? SPC's state-approved Educator Preparation Institute is a sequential, three-semester program leading to Florida Professional Certification. The Institute is primarily for students with a non-education bachelor's degree or higher who want to become Florida certified teachers.
The EPI begins twice a year - Summer (May) and Fall (Aug). The program runs consecutively three terms: Summer, Fall, Spring or Fall, Spring, Fall. To enroll in the EPI, students must submit all admission documents by:
To be admitted into this 27-credit program, you need:
After completing the coursework for this degree including the school-based hours and internship, students will be guided through the steps to apply for your Florida Professional Certificate.
Attend an information session to learn more about the Educator Preparation Institute – a one year professional teacher certification program for professionals with a bachelor’s degree (or higher). This event will be held on Wednesday, June 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Clearwater Campus in the (ES) building room 104. Financial Aid now available. Please RSVP online or call 727-791-2521 for more information.
All EPI classes require evening and online coursework; it is not an online-only program. Teacher candidates meet once or twice a week in the evenings (6-9 p.m.) and then complete online modules over the next few weeks. EPI classes are offered at the Tarpon, Clearwater and St. Petersburg/Gibbs campuses, based on enrollment.
Practical teaching is also an integral part of the EPI. Teacher candidates will complete a 60-hour practicum during the second term of the EPI. The practicum requires at least one full day or two half days each week (7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) over the course of the term. During a teacher candidate's final semester, a full-day, eight-week internship is required. SPC works with Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties to secure practicum and internship assignments for all College of Education students.
Dr. Kimberly Hartman, Dean, 727-712-5890
Prerequisites: Admission to the College of Education (COE) - Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)
* Applicants must have graduated with a non-education, bachelor's degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited college/university or other approved Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) institution.
* Applicants must pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) General Knowledge Test (GK) - all four sections.
* Middle Grades and Secondary applicants must pass respective Subject Area Exam (SAE).
* Applicants must present a valid FLDOE Official Statement of Status of Eligibility.
* Applicants must be computer literate.
APPROVED REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WITH CATALOG YEAR
20113/0455 (BEGINNING 5/14/12) OR LATER
~ REFER TO CURRICULUM FILES FOR PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR REQUIREMENTS ~
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