Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility

Admission Rules

Prerequisites: Admission to the College of Education (COE) - Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)

  • 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.
  • Applicants must pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) General Knowledge Test (GK) - all sections. 
  • Applicants must pass respective Subject Area Exam (SAE).
  • Applicants must present a valid FLDOE Official Statement of Status of Eligibility. 
  • Applicants must be computer literate.

Major Core Courses                                                     

  • EPI 0001  Classroom Management
  • EPI 0002  Instructional Strategies                          
  • EPI 0003  Technology                                    
  • EPI 0004 Teaching and Learning Process   
  • EPI 0030 Diversity in the Classroom      
  • EPI 0945 Diversity Class Field Experience *
  • EPI 0020 Professional Foundations              
  • EPI 0940 Professional Foundations Field Experience **
  • EPI 0010 Foundations in Research and Reading

Total Credits   21

*Explanation of School-based/field experience 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 field experience within this course which requires them to spend 15 hours in an assigned classroom during this field experience course. The College of Education coordinates the placements for all student field experiences.

Graduation Rules

A grade of "C" or higher is required in all EPI courses.

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), earning a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. in all EPI coursework, and completing all School Based Hours/field experience hours.