Ready to share your knowledge, expertise and wisdom with a new generation? Have you always had a passion to teach? Do you have a bachelor's degree in a non-education field? Then we welcome you to St. Petersburg College, where you can earn a teaching credential in only three semesters.

SPC's state-approved Educator Preparation Institute Certificate leads to a Florida Professional Certification, so you can embark on a fulfilling first or second career.

The program begins in the summer, continues in the fall and finishes in the spring.

Blended Class Format

Classes are held in a blended format - you meet in the evenings once or twice a week on the Clearwater Campus and complete coursework online.

Practicum in Public Schools

Your courses include a 60-hour practicum in the fall semester that 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 You also complete a full-day, 10-week internship in your final semester. You can complete the internship in schools in Pinellas, Pasco or Hillsborough counties.

Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Summer 2020 (575)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Summer 2020 (575), 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.

Program Leadership Information

Dr. Kimberly Hartman

Program Summary

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code


Federal CIP Code

13.9999: Education, Other.

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 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.

Complete 27 credits

EDF 4264 Learning Theory and Instruction 3
EDF 4444 Assessment in the Curriculum 2
EDF 4930 EPI Capstone Seminar 3
* EDF 4944 EPI Practicum 3
* EDF 4949 EPI Internship 4
EDG 4419 Building Classroom Management and Discipline 3
EEX 4084 Differentiated Instruction of Exceptional and Diverse Students 3
RED 4014 Reading and English Language Arts Skills 3
RED 4043 Reading within the Disciplines 5-12 3
* TSL 4140 Curriculum Development in ESOL 3

* 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 a ten week Internship course which requires them to spend five full days in an assigned classroom for the duration of this ten week internship. The College of Education coordinates the placements for all student field experiences.

Total Credits 27


To be admitted to the Educator Preparation Institute, you need:

  • A non-education, bachelor's degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited college/university or other approved Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) institution.
  • To pass all four sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) General Knowledge Test (GK)
  • To pass your respective Subject Area Exam (SAE)
  • A valid FLDOE Official Statement of Status of Eligibility
  • To be computer literate.


After completing the coursework for this degree including the school-based hours and internship, you will be guided through the steps to apply for your Florida Professional Certificate.

For more information, contact Marilynn Cirri at 727-791-5968 or by email at