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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.

    • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with at least a 2.5 GPA. Applicants must be able to provide official transcripts as evidence of the degree.
    • Have the knowledge and academic background to teach in the selected subject area. Applicants should visit the Florida Department of Education website to check the competencies and skills required for the selected subject area.
    • Be able to demonstrate a clear disposition to teach.
    • Be able to perform required filed experience during the school day.
    • Pass the Subject Area exam and General Knowledge Test prior to entering the program.
    • Valid FLDOE Official Statement of Status of Eligibility


    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.

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  • 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)
    Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility


    Dr. Kimberly Hartman, Dean, 727-712-5890

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Summer 2012 (455), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

    Admission Rules

    Prerequisites: Admission to the College of Education (COE) - Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)

    o 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.
    o Applicants must pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) General Knowledge Test (GK) - all four sections.
    o Middle Grades and Secondary applicants must pass respective Subject Area Exam (SAE).
    o Applicants must present a valid FLDOE Official Statement of Status of Eligibility.
    o Applicants must be computer literate.

    Graduation Rules

    A grade of "C" or higher is required in all EPI classes.

    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.


    EDF 4264Learning Theory and Instruction3
    EDF 4444Assessment in the Curriculum2
    EDF 4930EPI Capstone Seminar1
    *EDF 4944EPI Practicum3
    *EDF 4949EPI Internship6
    EDG 4419Building Classroom Management and Discipline3
    EEX 4084Differentiated Instruction of Exceptional and Diverse Students3
    RED 4014Reading/Writing & Language Arts Skills in Elementary School, K-63
    RED 4043Reading within the Disciplines 5-123
    *TSL 4140Curriculum Development in ESOL3

    * 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.

    Total Credits27