EPI COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS
The Education Preparation Institute (EPI) prepares persons with a
bachelor degree in a discipline other than education to become eligible
to apply for a Professional Florida Teaching Certificate. The program
is designed to be completed in less than one year and involves
successful completion of nine courses and a minimum of 30 hours of Field
Experience. EPI courses are held on HCC's Brandon campus
during evenings and/or weekends and includes some on-line instruction.
A candidate must earn a grade of C or higher for the nine courses listed below;
EPI 0001 Classroom Management (3 credit hours)
EPI 0002 Instructional Strategies (3 credit hours)
EPI 0003 Technology (3 credit hours)
EPI 0004 The Teaching and Learning Process (3 credit hours)
EPI 0010 Research-Based Practices in Reading (3 credit hours)
EPI 0020 Professional Foundations (2 credit hours)
EPI 0030 Diversity (2 credit hours)
EPI 0940 Field Experience 1 (1 credit hour)*
EPI 0945 Field Experience 2 (1 credit hour)*
*Field Experience not only requires class attendance
and assignments, it also requires a minimum of 30 hours of classroom
observation/active teaching in an approved public or private school
under the guidance of a certified teacher. Specific instructions and
requirements are provided in your field experience course.
Other requirements include attending a Personal Professional Development Plan (PPDP) meeting AND Exit Interview.
Course costs are based on the standard fee per credit hour
charged by Hillsborough Community College. Please check the HCC website
(hccfl.edu) for current rates. Financial aid is available for students
The EPI Office is located on the Brandon Campus of Hillsborough
Community College - 10414 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa, Florida 33619.
Office hours are Monday through Thursday - 8:00 until 7:00 pm and
Friday - 8 am until 4:30 pm. Office closures are dictated by
Hillsborough Community College's calendar.
EPI is currently accepting qualified applicants into the program. Call (813) 253-7983 to set up an appointment for an interview today!!!