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St. Petersburg College (EPI) Educator Preparation Institute

Do you have a bachelor’s degree or higher and want to become a teacher?

SPC’s state-approved Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) is a sequential, three-semester program leading to Florida Professional Certification for people who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-education major.

To learn more, attend our information session on:

  • Thursday, February 2, 2017
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Please RSVP online here.

The EPI Info Session will be at the Clearwater Campus in the Ethics and Social Science Bldg. (ES), Room 104, located at 2465 Drew St., Clearwater.

For more information, call 727-791-2521.

Education Preparation Institute 

The Institute is primarily for students with a non-education bachelor’s degree or higher who want to become Florida certified teachers.

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  and then complete online modules over the next few weeks.

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. During a teacher candidate’s final semester, a full-day, eight-week internship is required. SPC works with Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties to secure practicum and internship assignments for all College of Education students.

Bachelor’s degrees highlighted at June 30 expo

baccexpo_bannerSt. Petersburg College’s upcoming Baccalaureate Expo will spotlight the college’s bachelor’s degrees including options for careers in education. Attend the event to learn about our academic programs, explore financial aid possibilities, meet with faculty members and get help from advisors for applying and registering for classes.

Date: June 30
Time: 11 am. – 7 p.m.
Location: EPI Center Collaborative Labs
13805 58th St. N
Clearwater, FL 33760

Learn more about the upcoming expo and RSVP online at www.spcollege.edu/expo.

Education bachelor’s degrees

SPC’s College of Education offers a variety of bachelor’s degrees to prepare you for careers in education.

Bachelor of Science degrees that lead to Florida Professional Certificate

  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Exceptional Student Education (K-12)
  • Middle Grades General Science (5-9)
  • Middle Grades Math (5-9)
  • Secondary Science/Biology (6-12)
  • Secondary Grades Math (6-12)

Bachelor of Science degrees that do not lead to Certification

  • Educational Studies: Preschool (Birth to age 4)
  • Educational Studies: Interdisciplinary Studies

Dr. Michael Grego speaks to SPC education students

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The ELITE Educator students, a cohort in the College of Education (COE), were honored to host Dr. Michael Grego, Superintendent of Pinellas County Schools, at the Tarpon Springs Campus on Thursday, April 14.  Dr. Grego spoke of his commitment to the ELITE students.

Our Elite Educator Program – a partnership between St. Petersburg College and Pinellas County Schools – is changing the way teachers learn to teach. This program prepares SPC students to teach grades K-6 and provides an endorsement in ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Reading. Designed for recent high school graduates, this program enables students to hit the ground running by tailoring general education classes to equip future teachers with the content knowledge in critical subjects.

Grego emphasized need for content knowledge

IMG_2264 (002)Dr. Grego emphasized the need for elementary education teachers to have the critical content knowledge needed to teach elementary students in order to prepare them for the future.  He applauded SPC for sharing his vision for the future of educators.

He commended Dr. Kimberly Hartman, Dean of SPC’s College of Education, for embracing this notion of ELITE educators.  He confirmed his commitment to offer a paid internship for qualified students, as well as a guarantee that he would hire graduates of SPC who demonstrated quality teaching during his/her internship.

It was a pleasure for students and COE faculty alike to spend time with this visionary leader in education.

Educator Open House set for June 4

Educator Open House event

SPC’s College of Education is hosting an Open House event where you can learn about all the options you have to become an Educator. Mark your calendar for the event scheduled for:

Saturday, June 4, 2016
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SPC’s Clearwater Campus
Ethics and Social Science Building (ES) Room 103

Reserve_Your_Spot

Educator Open House options

At this event you will have the opportunity to:

  • Speak to advisors, faculty and students
  • Learn about scholarship opportunities
  • Explore National Education Association (NEA) student club
  • Apply to SPC at the event or apply online today!

Prepare to become an educator

St. Petersburg College offers one of Florida’s best teacher preparation programs through its College of Education. As an educator, you will share your passion for helping students discover their potential. Our program stands out for:

  • Programs approved by the Florida Department of Education
  • Quality programs at affordable cost
  • Graduate with Florida teacher’s certificate
  • Curriculum qualifies you to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Small class sizes with faculty that are available, accessible and professional
  • Employing districts rate SPC graduates’ performances as “outstanding”

Special Olympics – Where We Were All Winners

SPC Special Olympics Volunteers with Publix mascot.

“I left there feeling like a WINNER!” This reflects the general sentiment of 31 College of Education students who gave up a Saturday of their spring break to volunteer at the District 6 Special Olympics.

Thanks to an Innovation grant from the SPC Foundation, “Reaching Out – Disabilities in the Community,” a bus carried the volunteers to Lakewood High School for the spring track and field events. Innovation grants provide the means to give students a deeper and more enriching educational experience. The grant provided the opportunity for these College of Education students to work with the Special Olympics and give back to the community.

According to the Pinellas Special Olympics Board, “Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults, 8 years of age and older, with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” More than 980 athletes participate in the Special Olympics in 13 different sports across Pinellas County. Volunteers make the games possible.

More than 500 athletes marched in the opening ceremonies to the Olympic anthem and then took the pledge:  “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” The College of Education students directed soccer skills, bocce and tennis events. They also served as retrievers and cheerleaders at some very competitive soccer games!  Another highlight of the day was dancing with the athletes at lunch. Their admiration of the athletes and their families was evident as many expressed appreciation for the opportunity supported by the Innovation grant. Students commented that this day was life changing, opened their eyes to a new part of the world, and was fun! Overheard more than once, “I’ll be back!”

SPC and the Association of Florida Colleges

Francine AFC 2015

Francine Fuentes, Administrative Services Specialist, represented St. Petersburg College at the Student Development Commission (SDC) for the Association of Florida Colleges recently.

The mission of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) is to unite Florida’s 28 state colleges and advocate for them in the Florida legislature.

The SDC was recently named the  2015 Commission of the Year at the 49th Annual AFC Commission in Orlando, Florida.

In addition to her role as the Historian for SDC, Fuentes presented a workshop titled How to Make a Difference in a Student’s Life.

“Being a part of this conference is an honor,” said Fuentes. “Making St. Petersburg College proud is very fulfilling”

Explore opportunities to become a member at afcsdc.org.

Get your Florida teacher certification in three semesters

SPCEducation

Do you have a bachelor’s degree or higher and want to become a teacher?

SPC’s state-approved Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) is a sequential, three-semester program leading to Florida Professional Certification for people who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-education major.

To learn more, attend our information session on:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
  • 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Reserve_Your_Spot

The EPI Info Session will be at the Clearwater Campus in the Ethics and Social Science Bldg. (ES), Room 318, located at 2465 Drew St., Clearwater.

For more information, call 727-791-2521.

Education Preparation Institute 

The Institute is primarily for students with a non-education bachelor’s degree or higher who want to become Florida certified teachers.

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  and then complete online modules over the next few weeks.

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. During a teacher candidate’s final semester, a full-day, eight-week internship is required. SPC works with Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties to secure practicum and internship assignments for all College of Education students.

SPC professor Raze appointed to Project Learning Tree education committee

people measuring width of a tree

SPC’s College of Education proudly announces Dr. Robert Raze’s appointment to the Education Operating Committee for Project Learning Tree. His three year term will begin in January 2016.

Robert Raze“The Education Operating Committee is responsible for providing leadership, direction, and strategy development in connection with American Forest Foundation education programs, including Project Learning Tree, GreenWorks!, and GreenSchools,” according to Kathy McGlauflin, Senior Vice President of Education for Project Learning Tree.The mission of the committee is to develop opportunities to further the understanding of natural resource management and complex environmental issues among youth and their families – working with educators, resource management professionals, youth leaders, citizen conservationists, and others in cooperative projects.”

Under the direction of Dr. Robert Raze, College of Education students participate in the Project Learning Tree field trip, every year.  Dr. Raze’s experience and contagious enthusiasm is transmitted to students who come back from this field trip excited and full of new ideas they cannot wait to put into action in their own class.

The College of Education is proud to have Dr. Raze as one of the full-time faculty members.

Learn more about SPC’s College of Education offerings.

Florida Standards Implementation Conference at St. Petersburg College

Florida Standards Implementation Conference

On April 16-17 the College of Education at St. Petersburg College in partnership with a consortium of state colleges and universities, hosted the Florida Standards Implementation Conference at the Clearwater Campus. This two-day, grant-funded event was offered to SPC practicum and internship students as well as, SPC adjuncts and district guests.

Along with the professional development provided by the consortium and Learning Sciences International, attendees received educational resources to support implementation of the new Florida State Standards in their classrooms.

SPC’s College of Education also hosted another Florida Standards Implementation Professional Development opportunity on May 29.