The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) at Pasco-Hernando State College provides training to become a certified Florida teacher. It is 100% online and students can be certified in ​less than one year. This is an exciting opportunity to begin working toward a new career to become certified for teaching. We will begin accepting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year ​on January 3, 2022. The application deadline for Fall 2022 is July 31, 2022. 

Ursula Landsman is an EPI graduate and has had great success following her certification. “The instructors were very knowledgeable and supportive, and my classmates were wonderful – I learned a lot from them, too – some of them had taught previously and some had taught in other parts of the world. The field experience was invaluable, as well.  The program is structured, yet there are many different kinds of assignments and activities. I recommend the EPI program for anyone who has always wanted to teach - no matter where you have been on your career journey.” 

The EPI program is perfect for people who already hold a temporary ​teaching certificate, someone with a ​bachelor's and/or master’s degree and the academic knowledge to teach in a specific area, or people like Ursula who want a career change. 

"Florida continues to experience a heightened teacher shortage which requires highly qualified educators to support the children of our region. Our PHSC EPI Program provides the fundamental and practical certification-based training that addresses this critical need,” said Stanley M. Giannet, Ph.D., PHSC executive vice president, chief academic officer, and college provost.  

To learn more about PHSC's EPI program visit the EPI website.