Teacher Preparation and Re-Certification
Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)
The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) program at Valencia College is designed for individuals who want to teach, but hold a bachelor's degree in an area other than education. This alternative certification program provides the knowledge and tools necessary for earning a Florida Professional Educator's Certificate. To qualify for the Educator Preparation Institute, you must have the following:
- Hold a bachelor's degree with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 from a regionally accredited college or university
- Obtain a statement of Status of Eligibility from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) stating "You are Eligible"
- Have a passing score on the Basic Skills General Knowledge Test
- Attend a MANDATORY EPI Enrollment Session
- Submit a College Application on line at Admissions & Records - Valencia College
- Submit a Proof of Residency Form on line at Florida Residency - Admissions & Records - Valencia College
- Contact Ellen Costello, Manager 407.582.5473 or EPI Records Specialist, 407.582.1273 with questions
- Complete all required paperwork
- Submit required paperwork to Building 1 Room 255 (West Campus) or bring to the MANDATORY EPI enrollment session.
Please click the "How to Enroll in EPI" link for more details regarding the EPI program
Teachers who already hold a Professional Educator's Certificate and need certificate renewal may complete six (6) semester hours of college credit or equivalent earned during each renewal period. Most of Valencia's courses meet the requirements of teachers seeking re-certification. Please click the "Teacher Re-Certification" link for more details.
The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) Alternative Certification Program
The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) program at Valencia College is designed for individuals who want to teach but hold a bachelor's degree in an area other than education. This alternative certification program provides the knowledge and tools necessary for earning a Florida Professional Teaching Certificate.
The program consists of 7 foundational courses and a field experience course. The field experience course requires a total of 30 hours of observation and demonstration in an approved school classroom. Each course is 8 weeks in length except for the field experience (16 weeks) and is presented in either an online or mixed-mode format. Summer face-to-face intensives are also available on Osceola and West campuses for the 7 foundational courses.
Students who are not in a full-time teaching position or working as a full-time teacher's aide or paraprofessional will have to complete 5 hours of volunteer hours in a K-12 setting per 8 week term (not per course) for mixed-mode courses. The exception is when students are enrolled in the field experience course. Information about how to complete these volunteer hours will be communicated to students by their instructors at the beginning of the term. Each course can require 10-12 hours of work outside of class. Students usually are allowed to take 2 courses per 8 week term.
We also offer fully-online courses, but if students are not full-time teachers or para-professionals, then they must complete 10 hours of observation in a public, private, or charter school for each 8 week term that they are registered for an online course. Information about the observation will be provided by instructors about the observation requirements. These courses are intensive and require the completion of several projects and research assignments along with readings, group work, and quizzes. Each course can require 10-12 hours of work outside of class. By taking 2 courses at a time, it is possible to complete the program in two semesters, but it may take longer. Passing all of the FTCE Exams and building an EPI portfolio are necessary to complete the program. Please refer to Courses link for more information regarding courses.
Click here to view a sample valid statement of eligibility