The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) program provides an alternate route to teacher certification for mid-career professionals and college graduates who do not have a degree in education. Students with a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university may enter the EPI program, which consists of 21 credit hours of instruction, to prepare to take the Professional Educator, Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE).
The program provides a new and resourceful way for the state to vigorously recruit and train teachers. Recent data collected by the Florida Department of Education finds that students who complete EPI programs enter classrooms in Florida, teaching a variety of levels and disciplines, including those critical need areas such as math, science and reading. Teachers who were prepared through EPI programs have consistently evaluated their preparatory experiences as being very effective in preparing them for the classroom.
The curriculum of the EPI program consists of seven courses relating to the standards of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs). Each course is from three to eight weeks in length and is presented online. The online program can be completed in seven to ten months, depending upon semester breaks.
The courses are comprised of segments that provide students with the skills set and knowledge base necessary for those in the teaching profession. Students are also required to create a portfolio that documents their mastery of the FEAPs. The final requirement for program completion will be to pass the Professional Educator Exam.
The Educator Preparation Institute at Pasco-Hernando State College is a dynamic, learning-centered alternative certification program, with a faculty and staff who are dedicated to promoting a model for continuous lifelong learning, teaching excellence and supporting a community network.
Statement of Purpose
The Educator Preparation Institute prepares learners to serve as teachers in their communities through collaborative learning programs with our Local Educational Agencies. The EPI program shall provide research-based pedagogical theories in a reflective learning environment for all teacher-candidates.
The goal of the Educator Preparation Institute is to assure that program completers have developed the skills necessary to serve all K-12 students, including those who are academically proficient and/or low status, historically marginalized students. And that our program completers are able to provide instruction to K-12 students that reduces the gap in learning achievement and extends the learning horizon for all students.