Those who want to become a teacher and hold a baccalaureate degree in a field other than education may complete the following steps to be eligible to apply for a Florida Teaching Certificate.
Successfully complete the Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) program and successfully pass:
- the General Knowledge Exam*
- the Professional Education Test
- one or more Subject Area Test(s)
*Please note: Beginning July 1, 2014. new applicants for an initial Florida Educator's Certificate may no longer use a passing score on the College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) earned prior to July 1, 2002, to satisfy the General Knowledge (GK) requirement.
ADDITIONAL NOTE - Only examination results earned within 10 years prior to the date of application for a new certificate may be acceptable for certification eligibility requirements.
The EPI curriculum at Hillsborough Community College is competency-based, sequenced, and built on the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) and the Professional Educator Competencies (PECs).
The program is designed to be completed in less than a year and provides a pathway for teacher certification in any of the following areas:
- Agriculture 6-12
- Art K-12
- Biology 6-12
- Business Education 6-12
- Chemistry 6-12
- Computer Science K-12
- Drama 6-12
- Earth/Space Science 6-12
- Elementary Education K-6
- English 6-12
- ESOL K-12
- *Exceptional Student Education K-12
- Family and Consumer Science 6-12
- French K-12
- German K-12
- Health K-12
- Humanities K-12
- Journalism 6-12
- Latin K-12
- Marketing 6-12
- Mathematics 6-12
- Middle Grades English 5-9
- Middle Grades General Science 5-9
- Middle Grades Mathematics 5-9
- Middle Grades Social Science 5-9
- Music K-12
- Physical Education K-12
- Physics 6-12
- Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3
- Preschool Education (Birth-Age 4)
- Social Science 6-12
- Spanish K-12
- Technology Education 6-12
*Hiring policies vary by district for this certification.
The EPI office is located at the Hillsborough Community College Brandon Campus (10414 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa Fl 33619). Office hours are 8:00 am until 7:00 pm on Mondays through Thursdays and 8:00 am until 4:30 pm on Fridays. The EPI office is closed on days designated as holidays on the Hillsborough Community College Academic Calendar.