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The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) is a certification program for professionals who have a Bachelor’s degree or beyond in any field other than education, and would like to obtain a Professional Certificate to teach in Florida. Completion of the 21-credit EPI program allows an individual to receive a 5-year renewable  Professional Certificate in Teaching.
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EPI is a fully online program, so you have the opportunity to learn at your own pace. Many faculty members choose to have optional face-to-face meetings throughout the semester to support and enhance your learning experience.  The program also includes two courses with 15 hours of field work.  Students must teach a lesson in each course and be evaluated by their assigned Cooperating Teacher.
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The job outlook is great for certified educators. Teachers who specialize in "critical shortage areas," including mathematics, science and foreign languages are desired all across the State of Florida.
 
Take advantage of our free online tool to find the most current local data on salary, employment, career prospects, and more: https://broward.emsicareercoach.com/#action=loadHomePage
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Florida has a growing need for teachers; however, not everyone can be an effective teacher. The FLDOE requires we interview all EPI applicants to ensure that they do have the disposition to be an effective teacher. Some characteristics we are looking for are: 
  • Enthusiasm for teaching
  • Respect for students as individuals
  • Sensitivity to community and cultural norms
  • Effective verbal and non-verbal communication
  • An awareness of all aspects of a child's well-being
  • Commitment to continued professional development
  • The ability to establish a positive classroom environment
  • A willingness to work with other professionals to improve student learning
 
You should apply to this program if you:
  • Are ready for a career change
  • Enjoy the idea of working with children and adolescents
  • Have a passion for teaching
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Broward College’s Education bachelor’s is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to offer baccalaureate degrees.
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The faculty in our Educator Preparation Institute are very experiened and take pride in providing for an engaging online learning experience. Our instructors include graduates from colleges/universities and former teachers and administrators from the local school district.   
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The EPI is a state-approved alternative certification program for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree, in a field other than education, and now want to transition into teaching.  Individuals who successfully complete the EPI program will be eligible for a Professional Teaching Certificate in Florida. In order to complete the EPI program, individuals must meet the three requirements listed below. 
 
EPI Courses
  • Successful completion of the seven courses (21 credits) with at least a C or above
  • Maintain an overall 2.5 GPA
Field Experience Observation Requirements
Florida Teacher Certification Exams
  • Students must successfully pass the following FTCE and provide a score report to the EPI office
    1. General Knowledge Exam
      • English
      • Reading
      • Essay
      • Mathematics
    2. Subject Area Exam
    3. Professional Education Exam
Program Portfolio
Students are required to submit a program portfolio that will be reviewed, assessed and approved by EPI faculty.  The program portfolio will document the student’s understanding, demonstration and mastery of the Florida Education Accomplished Practices (listed below).  Students submit a mid-program portfolio after completing three classes and a final portfolio after completing all seven classes.
Florida Educator Accomplished Practices
  1. Instructional Desin and Lesson Planning
  2. Learning Environment 
  3. Instructional Delivery and Facilitation
  4. Assessment
  5. Continuous Improvement, Responsibility and Ethics
  6. Professional Responsibility and Ethical Conduct
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