Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)

Requirements for Enrollment in EPI

In order to be considered for enrollment in the Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) program, you must possess a bachelor's degree with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 from a regionally accredited institution and have a passing score on the Basic Skills General Knowledge Exam. You must also possess a Statement of Status of Eligibility from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) stating "You are Eligible for a Florida Educator's Certificate." The Eligibility statement must be presented at the EPI Enrollment Session. This process takes approximately 4-6 weeks; please plan accordingly. You cannot begin EPI coursework until a valid Statement of Eligibility has been submitted to our office. If your Statement of Eligibility expires while you are enrolled in EPI, you will not be permitted to continue taking courses until you renew your eligibility statement and provide the EPI office with a copy.

  • To obtain this statement, you must apply for Certification at
  • This process includes a $75 processing fee for each subject area in which you intend to be certified.

If you are not eligible, the statement will list any necessary requirements that you must fulfill in order to be found eligible. You cannot be admitted to the program unless you are "Eligible for a Florida Educator's Certificate"

Steps to Enrollment

1. Complete all of the following required documents to submit at an EPI Enrollment Session:

  • Complete a Valencia Admission Application from this Valencia website. You can do this online. You will need to supply proof of all residency documents and $35 payment for the processing fee in order to be enrolled. You do not need the application, residency information, and application fee when attending the Enrollment/Information session, but you will need them in order to register for classes.
  • Review the EPI Enrollment Checklist
  • Download, print, and complete the EPI Application
  • Download, complete, and print the Brief Writing Statement
  • Download, print, and complete the FEAPS Pre-Assessment
  • Download, print, and complete the EPI Education Plan

All required paperwork must be submitted to the EPI office no later than the deadlines below:

Enrollment Term Application Deadline
Fall Semester August 15
Spring Semester December 1
Summer Semester April 15*

* Note: Summer ONLINE courses begin in early May and all required EPI paperwork must be submitted before online courses begin in the summer term. Once a course begins, you cannot register for the course. Summer INTENSIVE courses begin in late May or early June. All required EPI paperwork must be submitted by May 1st. All EPI courses are limited to space available.

 2. Please bring your official sealed transcripts to the Enrollment session or have them sent to:

The Educator Preparation Institute
Valencia College 4-1
1800 S. Kirkman Rd.
Orlando, FL 32811


PDF electronic transcripts should be sent to

Note: You may present your unopened, sealed official transcripts at the Enrollment Session if they cannot be sent. You must present all of the above mentioned documents at the mandatory Enrollment Session to be approved for the program.

3. Attend a Mandatory Enrollment Session:

To reserve a seat or to request an individual enrollment session, contact Ellen Costello at 407-582-5473 or email

Campus Date Room Number Start Time End Time Term
West Tues, 09/18/2018 1-254 5:30 pm 7:00 pm Spring
*Osceola District Schools Mon. 10/22/2018 817 Bill Beck Blvd.
4:00pm 5:30pm Spring
West Tues, 10/23/2018 1-254 5:30 pm 7:00 pm Spring
West Thurs, 11/29/2018 1-254 5:30 pm 7:00 pm Spring
West Wed, 02/06/2019 1-254 5:30 pm 7:00 pm Summer
West Wed, 03/06/2019 1-254 5:30 pm 7:00 pm Summer
West Wed, 04/10/2019 1-254 5:30 pm 7:00 pm Summer

Note: Dates and times are subject to change, please check schedule before attending your selected enrollment sessions. On West Campus, park in Lot C for building 1 access.

 4. After all required paperwork has been submitted, you will receive a letter from the EPI program regarding your admission status by mail and Atlas email.

For additional information you may contact the Educator Preparation Institute contacts: