Application Deadlines

Summer 2023

Application Deadline: March 31, 2023

Program Start Date: May 8, 2023

Fall 2023

Application Deadline: June 29, 2023

Program Start Date: August 2023 (date to be determined)

Admission Requirements

To be considered for enrollment in the Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) program, participants must complete steps below.

Step 1: Possess a Bachelor's Degree or Higher

Students must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution with at least an overall 2.5 GPA. Applicants must submit official transcripts as evidence of the degree.

Step 2: Pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE)

Prior to admission to the EPI program, individuals must demonstrate mastery of General Knowledge and Subject Area Knowledge. Official documentation of demonstrated mastery as listed on the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) website must be submitted with the EPI application.

  • General Knowledge – Find information on how to demonstrate Mastery of General Knowledge in Links on this Page.
  • Subject Area Knowledge – Find information on how to demonstrate Mastery of Subject Area Knowledge in Links on this Page.
Step 3: Obtain a Statement of Eligibility (SOE)

Applicants must apply for a Florida teaching certificate with the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) if they do not already have a Statement of Status of Eligibility (SOE). Applying is easy and outlined in four steps on the Florida Department of Education Certification Steps website. The application fee is $75.00 for each subject area or endorsement in which applicants intend to be certified. Once submitted, the application will be evaluated for eligibility.

The individual’s FLDOE Official Statement of Status of Eligibility must state “You are Eligible for a Florida Educator’s Certificate” in order to be admitted into PHSC’s Educator Preparation Institute program. Please submit a copy with the EPI application.

Note: It may take six to eight weeks to receive a Statement of Status of Eligibility from the Florida Department of Education. Please plan accordingly.

To learn more about Florida's certification process for non-education majors or those changing careers, visit the FLDOE Teaching for the Career Changer or College Graduate of a Non-education Program website, which includes guidance on choosing a subject area specialization.

Step 4: Apply to PHSC

Complete a PHSC Admissions Application. Individuals that were previous PHSC students and have not taken classes for three consecutive terms, must submit a re-entry application.

After applying and paying the application fee (if required), complete the following steps:

  • Establish Florida residency (complete the Residency Classification Form)
  • Submit transcripts
  • Apply for financial aid (complete the FAFSA)
  • Complete the Online Readiness course in Canvas
Step 5: Submit an EPI Application Packet

Submit an EPI application packet. Include the following items:

  • EPI Program Application Checklist
  • EPI Alternative Certification Program Application 
  • EPI Professional Reference Form - two references required
  • EPI Field Experience Request Form
  • EPI Teaching Philosophy Essay
  • Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPS) Self-Assessment
  • Documentation of mastery of General and Subject Area Knowledge.
  • 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 via email to epi@phsc.edu or via mail to:

Attention: EPI, Division of Arts and Sciences
Pasco-Hernando State College
10230 Ridge Road New Port Richey, FL 34654-5199

Step 6: Schedule EPI Orientation Meeting

The EPI Director will review the applicant’s application packet once it has been received. Prior to admission to PHSC’s EPI Program, the EPI Director will meet with the applicant and review the process, procedures, and requirements. After the orientation meeting, the EPI Director will notify the applicant of the acceptance status.

 Request for Information

Want to learn more about the Educator Preparation Institute? Or, do you have additional questions? Visit the EPI Admissions home page and complete the Request for Information form.