Ready to share your knowledge, expertise and wisdom with a new generation? Have you always had a passion to teach? Bring your non-education bachelor's degree to St. Petersburg College and 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 2012 (455)
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.
Program Leadership Information
Dr. Kimberly Hartman
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
5551399990: EDUCATOR PREPARATION INSTITUTE (EPI)
Federal CIP Code
13.9999: Education, Other.
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.
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 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.
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.