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. 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. ​

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 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 after completing the EPI application.

Important Note: Per FLDOE guidelines and approved statutes, in order to admit prospective students into the program, the SOE must reflect that they are "eligible" for a temporary certificate, meaning that the competency requirements to teach the applied subject area have been satisfied. If the statement reflects that you are not eligible, please contact the program advisor to discuss the next steps and resources to help study and pass the subject area exam in order to be eligible.

Complete the Broward College application and select Non-Degree Seeking for College Credit Option # 4. Select Educator Preparation Institute as your degree program. If you were previously a student and have not taken classes for two consecutive terms, please be sure to submit a re-entry application.

Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended to Broward College's Registrar. You may request to have the transcripts sent electronically to Broward College or mail official, sealed hard copies to:

Official College transcripts can be sent electronically or directly by mail to the Registrar's Office.

Broward College
Registrar's Office
4205 Bonaventure Blvd.
Weston, FL 33332

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.

Email the Teacher Education Pathway at to schedule an EPI Admissions appointment by forwarding your received Statement of Eligibility (SOE) along with your Broward College Student ID number.

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