Program Admission Requirements

Prerequisites for admission into the EPI program include a non-education Baccalaureate Degree awarded by an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.5.

Effective January 1, 2015, admission requirements also include:

  • proof of passing a Subject Area Exam (SAE)
  • a valid Statement of Eligibility verifying eligibility for a professional teaching certificate in the same subject area as the SAE

All potential students start the enrollment process with an Entrance Interview with the Program Director, Dr. Mary Ann Ratliff. Call (813) 253-7983 to schedule an appointment.

At the Entrance Interview potential students will:

  • provide a sealed official college transcript showing completion of a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university approved by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE)
  • complete a Non-Degree Seeking Application online for Hillsborough Community College
  • provide proof of Florida residence (valid Florida Drivers license, voter registration card and/or vehicle registration)
  • undergo¬†a background check and fingerprinting as required by the District of Hillsborough County Public Schools or Kelly Services

Upon satisfying the requirements above, the candidate will be given registration materials and a class schedule.

Tuition is based on the standard fee per credit hour assessed by Hillsborough Community College.

Additional costs will be expended in 1) fees for a School District of Hillsborough County background check and fingerprinting; 2) application for DOE Statement of Eligibility and/or temporary teaching certificate; and 3) application for the General Knowledge Exam, the Professional Education Exam and the Subject Area Exam.