Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) Curriculum

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Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)

Certificate Type: Educator Preparation Institute Certificate of Completion
Major Code: EDPREP
CIP: 5551399990

The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) is a nine-month, competency-based program that provides baccalaureate degree holders in a field other than education the opportunity to become certified K-12 teachers. Applicants are screened for participation in this program.

The Educator Preparation Institute is a restricted-access program.

Applicants must:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited postsecondary college or university and provide an official (unopened) transcript(s),
  • Complete the Seminole State College admissions application,,
  • Obtain a statement of Status of Eligibility from the Florida Department of Education,
  • Obtain security clearance through fingerprinting for a background check with the local school district(s),
  • Attend an EPI information session.
  • Complete and pass the state of Florida General Knowledge Exam, the Professional Exam and Subject Area Exam before completing the EPI program.

Those accepted into the EPI program will receive institutional credits, which cannot be used as college credit hours. However, these hours are transportable from an alternative teacher certification program to another at participating institutions within the Florida state higher education system.

Major Courses
AvailableEPI0001Classroom Management Module 1A
This module prepares participants to set up a classroom, establish policies and procedures, create lesson plans integrated with Sunshine State Standards, develop and administer various forms of assessment, establish and maintain best practices in parental and professional relationships and hone the craft of effective instruction. It will also focus on the ethical and legal obligations of the teaching profession. Participants will also build a developmental assessment and professional portfolio demonstrating mastery of competencies.
3
AvailableEPI0002Instructional Strategies Module 1B
This module prepares participants to set up a classroom, establish policies and procedures, create lesson plans integrated with the Sunshine State Standards, develop and administer various forms of assessment, establish and maintain best practices in parental and professional relationships and develop assessment and professional portfolios demonstrating mastery of competencies.
3
AvailableEPI0003Instructional Strategies: Technology Module 1C
This module introduces teachers to the technologies available for classroom instruction and activities. Technologies covered include production, multimedia, communication and reference materials. The module will also address the legal and ethical issues associated with these technologies. This module is also a continuation of the course description in Modules 1A and 1B. Lab fee required.
3
AvailableEPI0004Instructional Strategies: The Teaching and Learning Process Module 1D
This module is designed to help teachers understand the teaching-learning process. This module is a continuation of the course description in Modules 1A, 1B and 1C.
3
AvailableEPI0010Foundations of Research-Based Practices in Reading
This module provides substantive knowledge of language structure and function and cognition of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. It provides knowledge of the integration of the reading components. Instruction in this module is grounded in scientifically-based reading research as a mechanism to inform instructional practice.
3
AvailableEPI0020The Teaching Profession: Professional Foundations
This module provides the foundation for becoming a productive member of the teaching profession. The participant will gain an understanding of the organization and administration of the public school, the laws governing teachers, the code of ethics and the purpose of schools. This module develops a professional perspective and creates a sense of grounding in the profession of teaching.
2
AvailableEPI0030Diversity in the Classroom: Module 4A
This module provides the participant with an understanding of the variety of backgrounds and cultures that may be found in a typical classroom. Field experiences give a broader view of the social aspects of diversity and cause the participant to reevaluate personal beliefs and prejudices that may adversely affect the learning process. This module also introduces the participants to the issues, challenges and the opportunities of teaching students who reflect the diversity of the American population in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, culture, sexual orientation and gender. Topics emphasized include foundations of prejudice, elements of culture and the value of diversity.
2
AvailableEPI0940EPI Module 3B: The Teaching Experience Field Experience
This module provides the foundation for becoming a productive member of the teaching profession. The participant will gain understanding of the organization and administration of the public school, the laws governing teachers, the code of ethics and the purpose of schools. This module develops a professional perspective and creates a sense of grounding in the profession of teaching.
1
AvailableEPI0945EPI Module 4B: Diversity Field Experience
This module provides field experience for becoming a productive member of the teaching profession. The participant will gain an understanding of the organization and administration of the public school, the laws governing teachers, the code of ethics and the purpose of schools. Module 4B field experience in diversity develops a professional perspective and creates an understanding of the varieties of background and cultures that may be found in a typical classroom.
1
AvailableEPI0950Teaching Methods Practicum
This course provides the participant with methods of instruction integrating theoretical knowledge with classroom experience, demonstrating effective teaching practices, reflective decision-making and competency in Educator Accomplished Practices.
3
Total Credits:24
Optional courses for students seeking Reading Endorsement:
Not availableEPI0009Foundations of Language and Cognition
This course teaches language structure, function and phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. The instruction is grounded in scientifically-based research. This course satisfies the requirements for Competency 1 of the State of Florida Reading Endorsement.
3
AvailableEPI0010Foundations of Research-Based Practices in Reading
This module provides substantive knowledge of language structure and function and cognition of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. It provides knowledge of the integration of the reading components. Instruction in this module is grounded in scientifically-based reading research as a mechanism to inform instructional practice.
3
Not availableEPI0011Foundations of Assessment
This course teaches the role of assessments in guiding reading instruction and instructional decision-making for reading progress of struggling readers.
3
Not availableEPI0012Foundations of Differentiation
This course provides a study of the varying strategies that are successful with students from differing instructional profiles, including students with disabilities and students from diverse populations. This professional development course meets the requirements for Competency 4, Foundations in Differentiation, of the Reading Endorsement Add-On Certification Program. This course must be taken simultaneously with Application of Differentiated Instruction (EPI 0013).
3
Not availableEPI0014Demonstration of Accomplishment
This course applies skills and information regarding reading development to reading instruction. The course discusses strategies and assessments that provide evidence for increased student reading proficiency in struggling students, including students with disabilities and students from diverse populations. This professional development course meets the requirements for Competency 6, Demonstration of Accomplishment, of the Reading Endorsement Add-on Certification Program.
3

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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Gina Fontana
EPI Director
407.708.2673
Office J-113 S/LM

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