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Educator Preparation Institute for Non-Education Majors


  • Educator Preparation Institute

    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:

    • April 1 - for Summer
    • Aug. 1 - for Fall
  • Before you apply

    To be admitted into this 27-credit program, you need:

    • A Bachelor's degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited college/university or other approved Florida Department of Education institution
    • Passing scores from all sections of Florida’s General Knowledge test
    • Middle Grades and Secondary applicants must have passed respective Subject Area Exam
    • Valid FLDOE Official Statement of Status of Eligibility

    Certification

    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.

    Ready to get started?

  • Blended Class Format

    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.

    Practicum in Public Schools

    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.

  • Educator Preparation Institute

    EPI-CT

    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.

    Additional Information for Financial Aid Eligible Certificate Programs

    *Tuition and Fees for Entire Program (completeing the program within normal time): Cost of Attendance

     


    APPROVED REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WITH CATALOG YEAR
    20113/0455 (BEGINNING 5/14/12) OR LATER
    ~ REFER TO CURRICULUM FILES FOR PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR REQUIREMENTS ~

    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS - a grade of "C" or higher is required in all EPI classes.  

    EEX 4084DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION OF EXCEPTIONAL & DIVERSE STUDENTS3
    EDF 4444ASSESSMENT IN THE CURRICULUM2
    EDF 4944       * EPI PRACTICUM3
    EDF 4930       EPI CAPSTONE SEMINAR1
    EDF 4949       * EPI INTERNSHIP6
    EDF 4215       LEARNING THEORY AND INSTRUCTION3
    EDG 4419BUILDING CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT AND DISCIPLINE3
    RED 4014READING/WRITING & LANGUAGE ARTS SKILLS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, K-63
    ORRED 4043READING WITHIN THE DISCIPLINES 5-123
    TSL 4140CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN ESOL3

    TOTAL CERTIFICATE HOURS27

    * Explanation of School-based hours (SBH): Some EPI courses contain assignments which require students to spend time in a public school classroom.  This classroom time is identified in the above curriculum as SBH (school based hours).  Students also complete an eight week Internship course which requires them to spend five full days in an assigned classroom for the duration of this eight week internship.  The College of Education coordinates the placements for all student field experiences.

    Graduation requirements include completing all above course requirements, demonstrating competency in the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) at the pre-professional level, passing all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE), a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. in all EPI coursework, and completing all School Based Hours.
    C&I 12/2/11 ~ BOT 2/21/12