EPI prepares non-education bachelor’s grads to teach in three terms

If you have a bachelor’s degree or higher in a non-education major but would like to teach, St. Petersburg College’s Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) may be the perfect fit for you.

Learn more at the upcoming EPI Information Session on Thursday , Nov. 3, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on the Clearwater Campus, NM 164  (New Math Building, Room 164). Please RSVP online today.

The alternative teacher certification program at St. Petersburg College (SPC) is a state approved Educator Preparation Institute (EPI). The EPI is a three semester program that leads to Florida’s Professional teaching certificate (the state’s highest licensure).

EPI starts during summer term

SPC’s EPI starts during the Summer/May only. The 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 (Mon.-Thur.) beginning at 6 p.m. and ending between 8 and 9 p.m.  Online instruction and modules may be completed at any computer and any time (24/7) during the timeframes specified by the instructor.

In addition to the educational coursework, EPI students are placed in elementary, middle or secondary schools (based on certification area) for practical teaching experience. SPC’s Office for School Partnerships (OSP) works with Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough Counties to secure teaching assignments for all SPC College of Education students. Students complete an application for school assignment. Students may work full-time up until the third EPI term/internship.  EPI students register for classes at the mandatory EPI Orientation (about a month prior to class start).  Students must submit all admission documents to the EPI Office to attend Orientation.

EPI admission requirements involve several different state and county agencies (FLDOE, NES, school districts, etc.).  For more info, call 727-712-5410 or join us on Nov. 3.

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