Alternate Route to Teaching


Do you have a Bachelor’s degree? Have you always wanted to become a teacher? If you are considering a career in education or would like to change your current career to teaching, St. Petersburg College has the perfect program for you!

St. Petersburg College’s (SPC) Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) is a three-semester program which leads to Florida’s Professional Educator’s Certificate. Anyone with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher is eligible for entry to the EPI Program, whichleads to certification in many educational areas, including:

  • Elementary Education
  • Exceptional Student Education
  • Art
  • Music
  • Business
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • English

Our EPI Program is Financial Aid eligible, so this is an attractive program for everyone! 

SPC’s next EPI start group is Summer/May 2020. Our EPI is an evening program with daytime teaching requirements during the second and third terms. All EPI courses are “blended”, meaning the course content will be delivered both on campus and online. Although coursework involves online components, the EPI is not an online program. On-campus class times may require one or two nights a week (Monday-Thursday). EPI students are placed in elementary, middle or secondary schools (based on certification area) for practical teaching experience. Our students complete a 60-hour practicum experience in the fall semester and a 10-week full internship in the Spring.

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