Requirements for Enrollment in EPI

In order to be considered for enrollment in the Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) program, an applicant 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. An applicant 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 FL DOE application process takes approximately 90 days; please plan accordingly. An applicant cannot begin EPI coursework until a valid Statement of Eligibility has been submitted to our office. If the Statement of Eligibility expires while enrolled in the EPI program, the student will not be permitted to continue taking courses until it has been renewed and documentation provided to the EPI office.

  • To obtain this statement, you must apply for Certification at http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/steps.asp
  • This process includes a $75 processing fee for each subject area in which you intend to be certified.

If an applicant is NOT eligible per the FL DOE, the statement will list any necessary requirements that must be fulfilled in order to be found eligible, and an applicant will not be admitted to the EPI program.

Steps to Enrollment

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

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

OR

PDF electronic transcripts should be sent to Transcripts@valenciacollege.edu

Note: You may present your unopened, sealed official transcripts at the Enrollment Session if they cannot be sent. You must submit all of the above mentioned documents 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 ecostello1@valenciacollege.edu.

CAMPUS

DATE

ROOM NUMBER

START TIME

END TIME

TERM

West

Wed, 09/18/2019

1-254

5:30pm

7:00pm

Spring

West

Wed, 10/16/2019

1-254

5:30pm

7:00pm

Spring

West

Wed, 11/20/2019

1-254

5:30pm

7:00pm

Spring

West

Thurs, 01/30/2020

1-254

5:30pm

7:00pm

Summer

West

Tues, 02/25/2020

1-254

5:30pm

7:00pm

Summer

West

Thurs, 04/02/2020

1-254

5:30pm

7:00pm

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: