Educator Preparation Institute

Epi classroom

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.

How you’ll learn

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.

GKT workshops offered at SCF, Lakewood Ranch campus:

General Knowledge Test - Math workshop (Hybrid) Students will have the option of attending in person or via Microsoft Teams.

Dates: Saturdays, January 14, 21, 28, February 4.  9am-1pm

Cost: $119 (16 hours)

Registration: online at class ID# 14734

General Knowledge Test - Essay workshop (in person)

Dates: Saturdays, February 18, 25, March 4.  9am-1pm

Cost: $89 (12 hours)

Registration: online at class ID# 14735


Educator Preparation Institute Application Form

The deadline to submit documentation for Spring 2023: Friday, June 2, 2023.

Information Sessions 

Info sessions are a great place to learn about SCF EPI Program and receive answers to your questions. Events will be listed as they are scheduled.

Spring 2023 EPI Virtual Information Sessions

Workshops are provided using Microsoft Teams. We recommend using Chrome or Firefox. You should be able to enter through your web browser.

Date Time (Click to Enter)
Wednesday, February 15 6 - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 15 6 - 7 p.m.
 Wednesday, April 12 6 - 7 p.m. 



Department Chair: Dr. Kristina DeWitt
941-408-1413 Venice 

EPI Coordinator: Araceli Cumbo                       
941-408-1481 Venice 

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