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Educator Preparation Institute Program (EPI)

Educator Preparation Institute Program (F225)

Program Website

www.palmbeachstate.edu/career-pathways/pathway-education.aspx

Program Description

This institutional credit program is designed for professionals with non-education bachelor's degrees to help them transition into teaching careers through competency-based coursework, portfolios, and practicum experience. Once the program is completed, students will be eligible to begin teaching in Florida.

This teacher certification program consists of seven fully online courses and one practicum experience course. The Required Courses provide the student with a baseline of knowledge in educational theory, effective teaching strategies, classroom management and instructional technology.

This program also offers elective courses to further enhance skills in the teaching of reading.

Program Learning Outcomes

For detailed information, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/learningoutcomes/Program-Learning-Outcomes

Admission Requirements

Candidates for the program must have:

  • a non-education bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum 2.5 grade point average
  • a valid SOE (Statement of Status of Eligibility) from the FLDOE
  • passing scores on the GKT (General Knowledge Test) Reading, English, Essay, and Math sub-tests

Candidates must complete College and program applications and be interviewed by the program director. 

Completion Requirements

Students must complete all the coursework with a 2.5 GPA or higher, complete a portfolio, demonstrate teaching skills, and pass all FTCE exams.

Program Length

Approximate program length: one year.

Location

The program is offered fully online.

For More Information

Contact the Educator Preparation Institute at (561) 868-3823.

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities include working as a certified teacher in a public, charter or private K-12 school setting.

Career Path Notes

Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to apply for their Florida Professional Educator Certificate.

Career Center

www.palmbeachstate.edu/Career

For more information about employment opportunities including job outlook and salary information visit: Occupational Outlook Handbook: www.bls.gov/ooh

O-Net Online: www.onetonline.org

Required courses:

Required Courses (Credits: 21)

EPI0001Classroom Management (IC)

3 Credits

EPI0002Instructional Strategies (IC)

3 Credits

EPI0003Educational Technology (IC)

3 Credits

EPI0004The Teaching and Learning Process (IC)

3 Credits

EPI0010Foundations of Research-based Practices In Reading (IC)

3 Credits

EPI0020Professional Foundations (IC)

2 Credits

EPI0030Diversity In the Classroom (IC)

2 Credits

EPI0950Teaching Methods Practicum (IC)

2 Credits

Course Sequence

Term One - Fall (Year One) (Credits: 12)

EPI0001Classroom Management (IC)

3 Credits

EPI0002Instructional Strategies (IC)

3 Credits

EPI0003Educational Technology (IC)

3 Credits

EPI0004The Teaching and Learning Process (IC)

3 Credits

Term Two - Spring (Year One) (Credits: 6)

EPI0020Professional Foundations (IC)

2 Credits

EPI0950Teaching Methods Practicum (IC)

2 Credits

EPI0030Diversity In the Classroom (IC)

2 Credits

Term Three - Summer (Year One) (Credits: 3)

EPI0010Foundations of Research-based Practices In Reading (IC)

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours: 21