The PHSC Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) program provides an alternate route to Florida teacher certification. Those with a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university are eligible to enroll in the program. PHSC’s EPI program fulfills the Professional Education Competence Program and Professional Preparation Coursework requirements necessary for earning a five-year Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate.

The EPI program can be completed in two semesters (fall and spring) and offers convenient asynchronous online classes and a field experience component. This alternative certification program enables the student to master competencies necessary not only to receive a Professional Educator’s Certificate, but also to become a successful teacher in the P-12 classroom. The program’s 25/28 college credits encompass topics such as classroom management, instructional strategies, teaching and learning processes, as well has a 90-hour field experience for students to incorporate what they have learned in the classroom.

Participants who demonstrate mastery of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices and present passing scores on all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Exams will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. The program courses designated by an EPI prefix provide institutional credit, are not transferable to an upper-division institution, and do not count toward any degree. Program acceptance is required for participation in the Educator Preparation Institute.