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EPI Frequently Asked Questions

What are the admission requirements to become a PHSC EPI student?
You must have a bachelor’s degree (or higher) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. An official (sealed) transcript of your bachelor’s degree will be required.
You must provide a copy of your “Eligible” Statement of Eligibility (SOE).
If your SOE states that you are required to take the General Knowledge Exam for certification, you must take and pass all areas of the General Knowledge exam (Essay, English Language Skills, Reading and Mathematics) and provide a copy of your official score report in your application packet.
Get more information, including an application packet, by completing our contact form.
The program is fully online. Do I have to come to a PHSC campus for any reason during the program?
Everything can be handled as distance learning. You can apply for financial aid, register for classes and complete all course assignment online. All courses are asynchronous – meaning that you can complete your course work at two in the morning or two in the afternoon. You will have weekly assignment due dates, but when you choose to do those assignments during the week is up to you. From time to time you will also have group projects where you will have to work with other students in your class. But, you will decide among yourselves how you will manage communication.
You can even complete your field experience online because of our partnership with Florida Virtual Schools.
Important note: The Florida Virtual School internship is only available for secondary subjects. Students seeking Elementary K-6 certification cannot conduct a Florida Virtual internship.
The only exception is if you are seeking Elementary K-6 certification and are not currently teaching in a classroom. In that case you will be required to spend three days in a classroom toward the end of your program.
Does it matter where I live?
You must live in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico. Because of the field experience requirements, we cannot accept international students.
If you live in either Pasco or Hernando County in Florida, or if you are willing to spend three days in Pasco or Hernando County, the EPI Coordinator can place you in a traditional school for your three-day field experience. If not, you will only be accepted into the program if:

  • You are teaching in your own classroom on a Florida Temporary Teaching Certificate or...
  • You are seeking K-12 certification (as in Music, Art or Physical Education) or a secondary certification area (grades 5-9 or grades 6-12) and agree to participate in five-week/10 hours per week internship with Florida Virtual School.
Can I work full-time and participate in the Educator Preparation Institute program?
Yes. In fact, the majority of our students hold full-time jobs while completing the program.
Is financial aid Available?
Military personnel and their spouses can receive information about financial aid at Troops to Teachers or Military OneSource.
Student loans are available to EPI students.
The EPI program at PHSC does qualify for federally funded financial aid such as FAFSA or Pell Grants.
Are the EPI courses transferable?
No. The EPI program is a post-baccalaureate certificate program. The credits are “institutional” and are not transferable to another higher education institution. If an EPI student moves to another county in Florida and chooses to continue to pursue a teaching certificate, the EPI courses completed at PHSC can be "transported" to another EPI program.
Does the College help EPI students with job placement?
No. The EPI office does not participate in the hiring process. All hiring decisions are made by the local school district human resources department and the individual school principals.