Academics

Educator Preparation Institute

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The Educator Preparation Institute provides a quality teacher training option for baccalaureate degree holders. Through the Institute, teacher candidates with teaching aspirations and bachelors' degree in any discipline (from a regionally accredited college or university) can work toward teacher certification with the skill to become highly-qualified, prepared teachers in Florida.

What you’ll study

The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) is a competency-based program that offers a pathway to a five year Florida Professional Teaching Certificate. EPI is designed to prepare non-education majors to be successful classroom teachers and can be completed in 10-12 months.

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Participants in SCF's EPI meet one evening each week, 6 to 8:30 p.m., for eight weeks per course. This schedule allows participants to complete all coursework in a blended/hybrid format and follow a model. It also allows you to learn in a hands on, performance based environment.

Where it can take you

The Educator Preparation Institute includes modules of course study, experiences in classrooms, and demonstrations of acquired exemplary teaching practices. Experienced classroom teachers and administrators will serve as instructors and mentors. While participants in SCF's EPI are free to apply for a teaching position with a school district, you are not required to be employed as a teacher during the program. Successful completion of the EPI prepares you for the classroom and beyond. The opportunities are unlimited.

Information Sessions 

Info sessions are a great place to learn about ƵappEPI Program and receive answers to your questions. Events will be listed as they are scheduled. Workshops are provided using Microsoft Teams. We recommend using  or You should be able to enter through your web browser.

Date Time (Click to Enter)
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 .
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 6 - 7 p.m.


Application


Contact

EPI Coordinator: Araceli Cumbo                       
941-408-1481 Venice
cumboa@scf.edu