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For more information about the Educator Preparation Institute, complete our Information Request Form or call 727-712-5410.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
MAJOR CORE COURSES
* 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.
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