Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)

Changing Careers? Come Change Lives!

EPI Teacher with Students

If you are an aspiring teacher, we have the program for you! Seminole State's Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) helps baccalaureate degree holders (in fields outside of education) earn their Florida Professional Certification to teach in a K-12 classroom within nine months.

The program provides the necessary training for participants to become highly effective certified teachers. In addition to being prepared to take the Florida Teacher Certification Exams, those who successfully complete the EPI Program and achieve passing scores on the required exams will receive their five-year Professional Teaching Certificate.

Adults looking for a career change, including displaced workers, U.S. veterans and mothers entering the work force, are encouraged to explore this exciting opportunity.

Admissions Requirements

To gain admission into the EPI Program, prospective students must:

  • Have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Complete a Seminole State Application for Admission . (Note: The EPI Program only accepts printed applications at this time.)
  • Submit to fingerprinting and a background check.
  • Obtain a Statement of Status of Eligibility for certification from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE).
  • Attend an information/registration session.
  • Complete an EPI admission application during the information/registration session.
  • Interview with the EPI program coordinator.

Along with the EPI application, prospective students must complete and/or submit the following materials during their admission interview:

Information and Registration Sessions

If you are interested in enrolling in the Educator Preparation Institute, plan to attend one of the information and registration sessions below.

Monday, Aug. 4 9:30 a.m. Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Room J-001
Monday, Aug. 25 5:30 p.m. Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Room J-001
Monday, Sept. 8 9:30 a.m. Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Room J-001
Monday, Oct. 6 5:30 p.m. Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Room J-001
Monday, Nov. 3 9:30 a.m. Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Room J-001
Monday, Dec. 8 5:30 p.m. Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Room J-001

Additional Information

For more information about the EPI Program, please contact:

Gina Fontana, Ed. D.
EPI Director
Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Room J-114

Financial Aid is available for students who qualify. For more information, please contact:

Sarah Bono
Financial Aid Specialist
Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Room A-100S

Want more info? Contact us.

Gina Fontana
EPI Director
Office J-113 S/LM

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