The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) provides the necessary training for candidates already holding a four-year baccalaureate degree (other than education) who may be interested in becoming highly qualified teachers in Florida.
In addition to becoming prepared to pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE), candidates who successfully complete the EPI program will be eligible to receive their five-year Florida Professional Educator's Certificate.
What is the Educator Preparation Institute?
- EPI is a state-approved pathway to alternative certification that fulfills the education courses, professional education competencies and practical experience required to obtain a Florida Professional Educator's Certificate.
- Classes meet in the day and evening to accommodate individuals who may be currently employed, but seeking a career change.
- EPI consists of 20 credit hours of instruction, field experiences, mentoring and modeling. The coursework addresses the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAP). Students are required to demonstrate mastery of the FEAP by creating an electronic portfolio.