Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)
Teacher Preparation and Re-Certification
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 fulfills the Professional Education Competence Program and Professional Preparation Coursework requirements 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". Click here to view a sample valid statement of eligibility
- Have a passing score on the 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 Ashley Dorsey, EPI Records Specialist, 407.582.1273 with questions
- Complete all required paperwork
- Submit required paperwork via email Ecostello1@valenciacollege.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated Program Coursework
Students beginning the EPI Program at Valencia College as of January 1, 2020 are required to take an additional reading course, EPI 0009, Foundations of Reading Instruction per Florida Administrative Code Rule 6A-5.066. Beginning in Fall 2020, EPI 0009 (equivalent to Reading Competency 1 of the Florida Reading Endorsement) joins EPI 0010, Foundations in Research-based Practices in Reading (equivalent to Reading Competency 2) in the program. To fulfill the legislative rule, courses equivalent to Reading Competencies 3 and 4 will be added in Fall 2021.
EPI Program Enrollment Session
The EPI Program SPRING Enrollment Session on September 8 is an online, virtual meeting via Zoom. We're excited to host the session from 5:30pm - 7:30pm (or earlier if the Question & Answer portion moves quickly).
For this enrollment session to count for program admission, interested individuals should be present for the full PowerPoint presentation. After attending the Enrollment Session, those who attended the full presentation will be emailed the PowerPoint.
Please register by following the link below. Thank you for your interest in the EPI program at Valencia, and we look forward to "seeing" you soon.
When: September 8, 2021 05:30 p.m.
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 EPI program consists of foundational courses and a field experience course. The field experience course requires a minimum of 30 hours of observation and demonstration in an approved school classroom. Each course is usually 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 may also be available on Osceola and West campuses for 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 or three semesters depending on the start term, 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.
*NOTE: FL DOE FAC Rule 6A-5.066 (teacher preparation) changed in October 2019. As a result, additional reading requirements are in the process of being developed and implemented in the EPI program. https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ruleNo.asp?ID=6A-5.066 See 3 (a) & (b).