Do you want to teach, but your bachelor's degree isn't in education?

The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) provides an alternative route for candidates already holding a four-year baccalaureate degree in a field other than education who are interested in becoming a highly qualified teacher 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. Depending on the certification area, they will also earn a Reading Endorsement.

Admission Requirements

  • EPI application
  • Submit all official college baccalaureate transcripts
  • Master's transcript for GKT exemption
  • "Eligible" Statement of Status of Eligibility and/or Temporary Educator's Certificate
  • Current resume
  • FTCE score reports, in applicable

Launch your path with the Educators Preparation Institute.

Steps to apply

Step 1: Apply for a Statement of Status of Eligibility with the Florida Department of Education

Step 2: If you are new to DSC or a former student, submit an application to Daytona State College.

Step 3: Complete the Volunteer Clearance application

Step 4: Submit your paperwork to EPI (EPI application, official baccalaureate transcripts, statement of eligibility or Temp Educators Certificate, current resume, and FTCE score report)

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