EPI Student Applicant Requirements

All Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) candidates must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education from an accredited college or university with at least a 2.5 GPA. Applicants must submit official transcripts as evidence of the degree.
  • Have the knowledge and academic background to teach in the selected subject area. Applicants should visit the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) website to check the competencies and skills required for the desired subject area.
  • Demonstrate a clear disposition to teach.
  • Participate in the required field experience during the school day.
  • Be computer literate since the EPI courses are online.
  • Pass the following Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE):
    • Subject Area Examination (SAE)
    • General Knowledge Test (GKT) - all four subtests
  • Complete a PHSC Admissions Application and Residency Affidavit
Items to Submit to EPI Director

Documents included in the EPI Program Application Packet, including:

  • EPI Program Application Checklist
  • EPI Alternative Certification Program Application 
  • EPI Professional Reference Form
  • EPI Field Experience Request Form
  • EPI Teaching Philosophy Essay
  • Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPS) Self-Assessment

Additional documents to submit to EPI Director:

  • Copy of Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) Test Score Report of passing scores for:
    • Subject Area Examination (SAE)
    • General Knowledge Test (GKT) (all four subtests)
  • Copy of valid FLDOE Official Statement of Status of Eligibility that states “You are Eligible for a Florida Educator’s Certificate”

Send the above listed items in one packet to: Educator Preparation Institute, Attn: Division of Arts and Sciences, Pasco-Hernando State College, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, FL 34654-5199