Florida Teaching Certificate

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.