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 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 Ashley Dorsey, EPI Records Specialist, 407.582.1273 with questions
- Complete all required paperwork
- Submit required paperwork to Building 1 Room 255 (West Campus) via email, mail, or in-person at the MANDATORY EPI enrollment session. Ecostello1@valenciacollege.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details regarding the EPI program
Summer 2020 Revised EPI Schedule
In order to deliver seven courses within the 12 weeks of the summer 2020 semester, we made the following changes
EPI Program Enrollment Session
The EPI Program Enrollment Session on May 27th has been shifted to 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.
Please register by following the link below. If you already RSVP’d for this session, you will be receiving an email notification as well. Thank you for your interest in the EPI program at Valencia, and we look forward to "seeing" you soon.
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: May 27, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Check back for registration information Register in advance for this meeting
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 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 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).
Click here to view a sample valid statement of eligibility