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Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)



 
 
Are you thinking of making the switch to a career in Education?
Broward College’s Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) can help you make a seamless transition from your current career to Education.


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Step 1
To teach in the state of Florida an individual must first apply to the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) for their Statement of Eligibility (SOE). The individual applies for the SOE online at http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/steps.asp. On the application, the individual must identify which subject area(s) they would like to teach. In addition to completing the application, the individual must send official transcript(s) to the FLDOE for review. Based solely on the transcript(s), the FLDOE will determine if the individual is eligible to teach the specified subject area(s). Students may not begin the EPI program until they have a Statement of Eligibility. A valid copy of your SOE is required for registration. Please email a copy to cumana@broward.edu after completing the EPI application.
Step 2
If you are a new student to Broward College, please complete the BC application and select option 3. College credit classes, but only as a non-degree seeking, transient or EPI student. Next, please select Educator Preparation Institute as your degree program. Finally, contact any Broward College admissions office to submit all required admissions documents.
 
If you have previously taken courses at Broward College, but it has been more than 2 full semesters, you will need to complete the BC application as a re-entry or returning student. You may contact any Broward College admissions office to submit the re-entry application and all required residency documents. Please select Non-Degree as your degree program and list F100 as your program objective code.
Step 3
Submit a supplemental EPI application. This application will ask you specific questions about your teaching experience and interests. Please make sure you are applying for the current term.
Step 4
​Request official transcripts from every institution you have ever attended. Official transcripts (in a sealed envelope) can be submitted to any Broward College admissions office or can be mailed directly to the following address:

Broward College
Registrar's Office
4205 Bonaventure Blvd.
Weston, FL 33332
954-201-7476
Final Step
Contact the EPI office at 954-201-2500 to schedule your admissions meeting.  Please keep in mind that prior to scheduling the meeting, you must have your SOE.

About EPI
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.
Classroom Experience
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.
Career Path
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
Is This Program Right for Me?
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
Accreditation
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.
Faculty
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.   
Courses
Program Requirements
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 Design 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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