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Educator Preparation Institute for Non-Education Majors

  • Educator Preparation Institute

    Have you always wanted to teach, love challenges and seek a fulfilling new career? SPC's state-approved Educator Preparation Institute is a sequential, three-semester program leading to Florida Professional Certification. The Institute is primarily for students with a non-education bachelor's degree or higher who want to become Florida certified teachers.

    The EPI begins during the Summer session only. The program runs consecutively three terms: Summer, Fall, and Spring.

    • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with at least a 2.5 GPA. Applicants must be able to provide 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 website to check the competencies and skills required for the selected subject area.
    • Be able to demonstrate a clear disposition to teach.
    • Be able to perform required field experience during the school day.
    • Pass the Subject Area exam and General Knowledge Test prior to entering the program.
    • Valid FLDOE Official Statement of Status of Eligibility


    After completing the coursework for this degree including the school-based hours and internship, students will be guided through the steps to apply for your Florida Professional Certificate.

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  • Blended Class Format

    All EPI classes require evening and online coursework; it is not an online-only program. Teacher candidates meet once or twice a week in the evenings (6-9 p.m.) and then complete online modules over the next few weeks. EPI classes are offered at the Clearwater Campus.

    Practicum in Public Schools

    Practical teaching is also an integral part of the EPI. Teacher candidates will complete a 60-hour practicum during the second term of the EPI. The practicum requires at least one full day or two half days each week (7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) over the course of the term. During a teacher candidate's final semester, a full-day, 10-week internship is required. SPC works with Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties to secure practicum and internship assignments for all College of Education students.

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